There are lots of interesting options for carbohydrate accompaniments to your meal besides rice, pasta, and potatoes out there, and one of my new found favorites is bulgur!

Bulgur is a cereal food made from several different wheat species, but most often from durum wheat. It is usually sold parboiled, dried and de-branned, but whole-grain, high-fiber bulgur can be found in natural food stores. Bulgur has a light, nutty flavor, and finds its home in many Turkish, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean dishes.

Here is my latest invention!

1 cup bulgur (dry)
2 peppers, each of a different color (green, yellow, red, or orange), chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
one big handful of parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
1 tsp each cinammon and cumin
ground pepper and a touch of salt, to taste
3 packs of Splenda (1g each)

Cook the bulgur as per package directions, but using water only (don’t use any oil, even if cooking instructions recommend it – you don’t need it!). Put veggies in a bowl and add the bulgur. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings.
Calories per serving: 150!

Dr. Sue © 2009