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
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!
*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.