Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quick Bulgur Chili

5 WWPP Posted by 6 years ago 17 Comments

I whipped this up today with some aging peppers and a few cans I found in my pantry. We didn’t go grocery shopping yet, I only had a small bit of onion yet and had to use kidney beans when I really wanted black but this worked out better then expected. Lunch is such a great time for me to experiment as the husband and toddler are normally ok with sandwiches. That’s when I decide to have fun. :)

Here’s what I did but this is the kind of meal I’d change slightly every time I make it. Quick Bulgur Chili

  • Thick slice of sweet onion chopped
  • 2 small to medium bell peppers chopped (I used 1 red and 1 green)
  • 1 small can (8.5oz) corn undrained
  • 1 can (15oz) kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce (to taste)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup (80g) uncooked bulgur
  • 1 cup water

Spray a a medium to large pot with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt and cook until just browning.

Add the peppers, stir i cooking for about a minute. Then add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes without lifting the lid!

Uncover, stir, scoop out a cup and top with a bit of shredded cheese and cilantro. I packed up the other 3 servings for lunches. This one will freeze well.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 Just over a cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
225 1g 10g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 0g 46g 10g

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    Krista S.

    March 7, 2010

    Dude!! That looks and sounds so good. I might be making this tomorrow. YUM.

    Reinaldo

    March 7, 2010

    Looks nice, but I must admit I'm still a virgin with that bulgur stuff... how does it taste?

    christine

    March 7, 2010

    sounds familiar. every time i make soup/chili, it changes slightly. like reinaldo, i have yet to brave bulgar.

    charlotte

    March 7, 2010

    You seriously have the best recipes! I have made your oatmeal pancake one about 10 times since you tweeted it. And this one looks right up my alley too! I have a bag of bulgur just sitting around waiting to be used . Thanks!

    roni

    March 8, 2010

    I forgot to link to my bulgur post. . . http://greenlitebites.com/2008/10/25/food-find-bulgur/ It's good, a grain similiar to a short grain rice in texture. It soaks up the flavor of what ever you cook it with so it's really just a super healthy, whole grain filler.

    roni

    March 8, 2010

    Chistine - I forgot to link to my bulgur post. . . http://greenlitebites.com/2008/10/25/food-find-bulgur/ It's good, a grain similar to a short grain rice in texture. It soaks up the flavor of what ever you cook it with so it's really just a super healthy, whole grain filler.

    Lillian

    March 8, 2010

    Just made something similar last week with lentils and barley - SO AWESOME!

    Jenni

    March 9, 2010

    I have this cooking on my stove right now (made with black beans instead of kidney). It smells wonderful!

    Karen

    March 9, 2010

    Thanks for the great bulgur idea. My entire family LOVED it, ages 1, 2 and 4 cleaned their plates. Thanks!

    Michele

    March 9, 2010

    This sounds great but I don't like corn cooked in anything. I'm guessing I could omit the corn and replace it with some black beans. I've never tried bulgar either but you've got me curious!

    Jenni

    March 10, 2010

    Loved it!

    roni

    March 10, 2010

    I wouldn't replace the corn with more beans, try some diced carrots. I really only put them in there for the sweetness factor.

    Michele

    March 10, 2010

    Great idea Roni, thanks! I think I am going to make it this weekend. I need some new things to put into my rotation!

    Twana

    March 12, 2010

    Roni, I was wondering what your experience with quinoa was. I have had it a couple of times at restaurants but not sure how to cook it at home. Thanks! ~Mama Twana

    roni

    March 12, 2010

    Hi Twana! Funny you should ask. . Start here. . . http://greenlitebites.com/2008/01/08/quinoa/ and then check out my ideas here. . . http://greenlitebites.com/tag/quinoa/ :)

    Karen

    July 7, 2012

    I never heard of bulgar where do you find it by the rice?

    roni

    July 7, 2012

    That's were it is in my local stores. Here's more info.... http://greenlitebites.com/2008/10/25/food-find-bulgur/