Yellow Split Pea and Wheat Berry Salad

Since I only cook for two, I often find myself trimming recipes down because I really do not like to eat the same thing all the time – or ever.  I don’t know if you would call me an adventurous eater, but I do like to try different combinations and am always looking for new,…

Almost Bulgur Pilaf

      I suppose you may have heard about this whole-grain craze.  Everyone seems to be going nuts for quinoa especially.  It’s okay, but I have developed a tremendous love of bulgur.  It is higher in protein and other essential nutrients and just tastes better.  It has a lovely chewy, nutty texture that quinoa…

Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Salad

It’s grilling season! We joined Sam’s Club just to buy a particular grill I had my eye on. We’ve been wanting one of those hybrid grills with both gas and charcoal. I found a really cool one with that and a smoker box and a searing thing-a-ma-bob! It has pretty good reviews online, so I…

Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries are a whole grain that is a little bigger than barley.  They sort of look like barley, but they are brown.  They are quite tough and can take 90 minutes to cook until tender.  If you soak them for an hour, they cook in about half that time.  

Bulgur Salad

Bulgur is one of those ancient grains that is coming back into style because it is healthful and versatile. This particular salad is made with cracked wheat which cooks up fast and gives the salad a nutty flavor and chewy component. I make this with a homemade red wine vinaigrette made with extra-virgin olive oil,…

The Beauty of Bulgur

Bulgur is one of the ancient grains that has lost favor with the modern cooking world. That is a real crying shame because bulgur is a whole grain food that is very low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, while still a good source of protein, fiber, Manganese and other essential vitamins and minerals.  Bulgur is also…