Thursday, January 28, 2010

Warm Chickpea, Spinach and Bulgar Salad

Oh, how I love to bake....not cook. But, I am beginning to enjoy it more! This recipe was the brain child of trying to figure out what to do with the bits and pieces we had in the fridge before I did the grocery shopping. It is such a simple recipe, and filling! Hubby likes to take the leftovers to work the next day for lunch and eat them cold; I prefer to reheat it in a skillet. Whatever your preference, you will enjoy how easy this meal is. Be sure to let me know how it goes!

Warm Chickpea, Spinach and Bulgar Salad

1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup Bulgar
1 Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6 cups washed baby spinach (you can chop this up a bit if you would like, but I kept mine whole)
3 cloved garlic, minced
1 tsp Cumin
1-2 Tomatoes, diced (I used one, which works fine, but I love tomatoes and I think adding a second would be great!)

2 green onion, diced
pepper to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice

1: Put vegetable broth into small pot and bring to boil
2: Add Bulgar to pot, stir once, remove from heat and cover for 15 minutes.
3: Place large skillet on warm stove burner and fill with 1/4 cup water. When skillet is warm, add garlic and cumin. Cook for 5 minutes over medium high heat. Add chickpeas. Cook for 5 minutes. Add Spinach. Cook for 5 minutes. (**Note: keep an eye on your water amount, you may need to add a little bit more if your food starts sticking. You can use oil if you want, but it can make your chickpeas taste a little greasy)
4: When Bulgar is finished cooking; add Bulgar AND the broth that was not absorbed to the skillet. Mix together and remove from heat.
5: Add Green Onions, tomatoes, lemon juice and pepper before serving.

Happy eating!


Kelly said...

Wow...great recipe, that sounds so flavorful and healthy! Has some of my absolute faves, chickpeas, green onions, garlic...Mmm!

Thanks, lady!!

Sandra said...

We do eat bulgar regularly and so I`m happy to "find" some good new recipies! Thank you for sharing!

Claudia Medeiros said...

Perfect and simple, Laura ! All these ingredients together make a healthy and so delicious meal :)

Simple things, great pleasures :)

Have a beautiful and so blessed weekend !!!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Looks like a very healthy and delicious dish! I love it!

Stoppin' by from SITS!

Kristin said...

YUM! I love chickpeas!

Christian Mommy Writer said...

It looks great! I might have to try it. Thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS day. Have a great weekend!

Debbie said...

That looks incredible! And I am like you - baking is just so much more fun than cooking!
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Shelle said...

This looks so so yummy! I will have to make it for myself for lunch some day. Nobody else in this house likes to eat healthy salads!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!

Anonymous said...

Does Bulgar contain wheat/gluten? Or is it like quinoa? Looks like a yummy recipe but we have to do gluten-free here, so I wanted to double check :-)

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The Dapper Darling said...

OHH YUMMM! thanks for visiting on my sits day! Hope you make it to Italy!!

Laura said...

Thank you everyone for all the comments. I just thought I would address this question publicly so that everyone is aware.

Yes, Bulgar does contain gluten. Bulgar is wheat that has been partially cooked and then dried. It is particularly tasty, but steer clear if you have a gluten intolerance. In that case, you could happily substitute Quinoa. Although, please be aware that Quinoa needs to be cooked differently than Bulgar and is best when soaked prior to cooking. There are plenty of sites that tell you how to cook it, just google!

♥ Katinka said...

Hey, stopping by from SITS and wishing you a HAPPY TUESDAY!

Maki said...

This looks so delicious - I love the color! I would love to try it:)


Twincerely,Olga said...

stopping by from SITS!!!! looks delicious!!! I am your newest follower!!!stop by

Emma said...

Looks rather delicious!! :)

Carrie said...

That looks delicious! I'm always on the look out for new vegetarian recipes and will have to try that one :)

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Mayet said...

looks delicious--I have to try it--haven't eaten bulgar in a while, thanks

Baby Sweetness said...

That sounds great! I've never tried bulgar, but may have to try that.

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