I love grains and pulses like quinoa, bulgur wheat and lentils. I’ve always had an appreciation for good food and using interesting ingredients, solidified even more so after painfully watching 3 years-worth of university flatmates religiously eating and buying couscous, pasta and pesto for most meals. So, I thought I’d draw attention to other grains that can offer a little more interest than couscous. Don’t get me wrong, I know couscous is cheap and goes a long way…but its not particularly nutritious. Just by mixing grains like quinoa, bulgur wheat, rice or lentils with a few tasty additions like herbs and lemon with some protein packed nuts and some greasy cheese is a healthy and hearty lunch!
Serves about 2
- About 120g quinoa/bulgur wheat or a mix (or as pack instructs)
- Bunch basil leaves, chopped
- Bunch of mint leaves, chopped
- Bunch coriander, chopped
- ½ red onion, diced finely
- 1 large tomato, de-seeded and diced
- Handful of pistachios
- 1 lemon, juice
- Olive oil
- Prepare you quinoa/bulgur wheat (or even couscous?) as instructed on your pack. Usually about 10 minutes in boiling water.
- While still a little warm, mix with the tomato, onion, lemon juice, a small drizzle of olive oil and mix well and season to taste
- Add the herbs and the pistachios and mix.
- If serving with halloumi, fry chunky slices in a splash of oil until golden and serve alongside.