Never heard of freekeh? You’re not alone. I only recently discovered this super grain, and I’m a fan. Basically, it’s wheat that’s harvested young, and it’s low in fat and high in protein and fiber. It can be used in recipes that call for quinoa, bulgar, brown rice, etcetera. It’s delicious in this salad, which I like to make at the beginning of the week because it holds up well in the refrigerator for easy lunches all week long. Not only is it loaded with healthy vegetables, but it’s super colorful, which always makes me feel good to eat.
Freekeh Salad With Peanut Ginger Dressing
- 1 cup dry freekeh (or quinoa), cooked according to package directions and cooled
- 2 cups shredded or thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, defrosted
- 1 cup shredded carrot (about 2 carrots)
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoons sriracha
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth.
- Combine vegetables and cooled freekeh in a large bowl.
- Pour dressing over top, and stir gently until evenly coated.
- Store in refrigerator.
- Serve cold or at room temperature.
Adapted from Rachel Cooks
Adapted from Rachel Cooks
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With my first baby on the way, I spent a few weekends over the past month making a ton of food to stock up my freezer with easy meals for the first few weeks after the baby is born.
I also stocked my freezer with bread, rolls, wraps, pita bread, and bags of frozen veggies and fruits and my pantry with essentials like whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, brown rice, tuna, beans, canned tomatoes, and non-refrigerated almond milk so I can keep grocery store trips to a minimum.
Tip: Before you get started, make sure to have lots of resealable bags (gallon and quart), wax paper, and foil baking dishes on hand, and label everything, including with the instructions for cooking for heating.
Here a look at some of the items I made:
- Wheat chocolate chip banana muffins
- Black bean burgers
- Chick pea sweet potato burgers
- Gyro meat
- Greek turkey burgers
- Turkey/kale meatballs
- Turkey enchiladas
- Barbecue mini meatloaves
- Slow-cooker pulled pork
- Southwestern egg rolls (Freeze unbaked. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer until frozen, and then transfer to a resealable bag to store in freezer.)
- Pork and shrimp egg rolls
- Roast chicken (shredded for on salads, on pizza, in pasta, on sandwiches): When cool, remove meat and freeze in 2-cup bags.)
- Marinated, grilled chicken breasts (to slice for salads, wraps, sandwiches): Marinate six breasts in 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Grill until cooked through. Cool in refrigerator, and then place in a resealable bag and freeze.
- Cooked ground beef (for taco meat, hamburger barbecue, meat sauce, etc.): Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Cool completely. Divide into 1 lb. bags.
- Mini crustless quiches (egg, ham, spinach, onion, cheese)
- Egg wraps (egg, peppers, onions, and cheese in a wheat tortilla)