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Cooking with Freekeh

Similar to bulgur, this whole-grain superfood is easy to cook and packed full of protein and fiber.
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Whole-grain newcomer freekeh is actually quite ancient -- the roasted, immature wheat originated in the Middle East nearly 2,000 years ago. Its nutty flavor and chewy texture are similar to bulgur's. Try the high-protein-and-fiber grain in this Freekeh and Pea Salad.

Cooking Directions:

  • Cook 8 oz freekeh (such as Freekeh Foods) according to package directions; drain.
  • In a bowl, whisk together 3 tbsp each olive oil and white wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  • Stir into freekeh and set aside to cool.
  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add 8 oz shelled fresh or frozen peas. Blanch 1 to 2 minutes; drain and run under cold water to cool.
  • Mix into freekeh with 2 tbsp each finely diced shallots and chopped fresh tarragon.
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

 

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