Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stuffed Italian Freekeh Peppers + A Giveaway!

Who doesn't love trying new foods?

I recently had the opportunity to try freekeh from Freekeh Foods. Now, you're probably wondering what in the world is freekeh??!! Well, it's an ancient grain made by roasting green wheat. Think comparable in flavor and texture to healthy grains such as quinoa and brown rice - only with fewer calories per serving than quinoa and more protein and fiber per serving than brown rice. I would also say it's easier to prepare than quinoa and brown rice. You don't need to rinse the grains before cooking and it cooks up super fast - only 20-25 minutes from start to finish.

Freekeh Foods sent me two flavors: Original and Rosemary Sage.* I immediately cooked up the packet of rosemary sage freekeh. I love adding a scoop of grains on my workweek salads and imagined freekeh would be a delicious addition.


This was such a good call - Topping off mixed greens with the seasoned freekeh made for one delicious lunch!


After my freekeh salad success, I couldn't wait to try the package of original freekeh. I decided to use it to make stuffed peppers after buying a few scrumptious looking yellow bell peppers. This recipe turned out so great I can't wait to make it again. The freekeh added a perfect chewy texture and nutty flavor to the filling. Really so delicious!


Stuffed Italian Freekeh Peppers
Serves 4

2 bell peppers, halved and cleaned with stems and seeds removed
1/2 cup Freekeh Foods Original
1 cup water
2 Italian chicken sausage links (I used Trader Joe's Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage)
3/4 cup corn
1.5 cups marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring water and freekeh to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until freekeh has absorbed the water.

While freekeh is cooking, Dice the chicken sausage links and cook over medium heat in a medium pot. Add the cooked freekeh, corn and 1 cup of the marinara sauce. Stir to combine.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of marinara sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Stuff each pepper half with the chicken sausage and freekeh mixture. Place peppers in the casserole dish, then top each with 1/4 cup marinara sauce, 1/8 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.

Cover pan with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until peppers are softened and cheese is melted.

Who would like to try freekeh??

Freekeh Foods has generously agreed to give one of my readers a package of freekeh (original, rosemary sage, tamari)!

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Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway and I hope you all are off to a great start this week!

- ST
 

*Note: I received complementary Freekeh products in exchange for a review from my affiliation with Sweat Pink and Fit Approach.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

16 comments:

  1. I've been curious about freekeh and would love to try it! The rosemary sage flavor sounds delicious!

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    1. It's super delish! Thanks for entering the giveaway and best of luck!

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  2. This sounds very good and I will have to give it a try. Not sure if I can get my wife to try it though. I am not a great cook and I usually limit my talents to burning meat on the grill.

    I tried the giveaway but I'm not sure if I actually got entered. I have been in the tech industry since the early 80s and some days I still feel like I don't know what I am doing!

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    1. Freekeh would make a fantastic side for grilled meat :) I believe you are entered in the giveaway so best of luck!

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  3. Yummy!! I love stuffed peppers, and I've been loving the Freekeh lately too! I'm going to try this :)

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    1. If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

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  4. I actually just tried stuff peppers a week ago up camping, and I was expecting the worst and ended up actually loving them. I never saw what brand they were though, I should have checked!

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    1. They're a nice change of pace and a delicious and healthy dinner! Lots of different variations, too. Next I want to try making southwest stuffed peppers!

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    1. They're super delicious - and pretty simple to make :)

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  6. I would like to try the original, and add it to my stir fry dish.

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    1. Adding to stir fry is a great idea! I might have to give that a try, too :)

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  7. Yum! I'd make stuffed eggplants with the rosemary and sage.

    - Judith

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    1. Great idea! I've never cooked eggplant but love eggplant parmesan!

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  9. Great idea to put it in peppers!! I will definitely be trying this!

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