I have a weird foodie faux pas to fess up to: Until fairly recently, I had no clue what bulgur was. I’ve been Greek-sessed for ages and eaten my weight in tabbouleh, yet had no flipping clue what I was actually scarfing! How embarrassing. I always dismissed it, assuming it was quinoa or cous cous or some random unidentified balls of garlic in my parsley. I really should pay better attention to what I put in my mouth.
Anywho! I decided that if I purchased bulgur, no matter how versatile a whole grain it is, it would wind up in the back of the pantry with the olives, millet, and the alluring-yet-intimidating black rice I purchased after an article promised it’s basically the best grain ever. It’s like Narnia back there. I’m pretty sure there’s a secret door behind the cous cous that leads to an alternate dimension. I bet they have a Whole Foods there.I, unfortunately, don’t have a Whole Foods.
I do, however, have a costco-sized bag of quinoa and a giant pile of parsley. Let’s party.
Yield 3 cups
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- one bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
- 2-3 vine ripened or roma tomatoes. diced
- 1 clove of fresh garlic, smashed and minced
- 4 stalks of green onion
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- a hearty drizzle or two of a quality olive oil
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- If you happen to have mint on hand then by all means add it in! Traditional tabbouleh makes ample use of it and I can't wait to plant some this spring! It's about time I have the essentials on hand at all times: parsley, mint, dill, basil, and chives. I can't wait!
- This recipe is as simple as cooking cup a cup of quinoa and chopping up a few herbs and veggies! It's as quick and easy as it is healthy and delicious; gotta love that!
- Cook up a small pot of quinoa per package directions or feel free to use this [photo tutorial] to get you started! This should take about 13 minutes.
- Once fluffed and ready, combine with finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion, garlic, green onion, and lemon juice.
- Drizzle liberally with your favorite olive oil and add garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Mix, taste, and add more of your favorites, if desired! That's it!
Courses appetizer, side