I admit it. I was scared to try Bulgur. I didn't even know what it really was? A grain? a special king of rice? What? WHAT?
Geesh! Doesn't there seem to be so many new and crazy options in the whole grain department anymore. Right?
In all seriousness, I've been wanting to try it for some time so when I saw this Bulgur
in my local grocery store, I picked it up. Then, honestly, it sat in my pantry for weeks. I was just uninspired. I mean it's a big bag of grain. Nothing to really write home about until you realize it cooks up in minutes, is an excellent source of whole grains, and a natural weight loss food. One "cup of bulgur has fewer calories, less fat, and more than twice the fiber of brown rice." That's cool with me! You know my stance on the getting the most food for my nutrition buck! Bulgur seems like a natural bulker with 1 cup weighing in at only 150 calories, no fat and 8g of fiber. And of course it's whole grain, don't even get me started on all the benefits of whole grains.
So what IS it, exactly? Great question and I was quite surprised by the answer. Bulgur is simply precooked, dried, whole wheat. That's it!
It apparently comes in grain sizes (fine, medium, coarse) but I didn't have that many choices at my grocery store. I'm assuming the brand I bought is medium or coarse but it is also available in fine. I've seen many recipe using it in veggies burgers and of course, Tabouleh salad, which just seems to be everywhere anymore.
So far my only experience with it was in my latest veggie soup (which I LOVED it in) but I have plans on experimenting REAL soon. I'm even considering making a simple pilaf out of it and serving it to the husband and the toddler as a side dish. I will definitely let you know how that turns out!
In the mean time if any of you have more bulgur experience then I, please share. I love reading everyones ideas.