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Healthy Living on April 30, 2014 by

What is it? Wednesday: Bulgur

What is it? Wednesday: BulgurWe are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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Bulgur, the quintessential ingredient in Tabbouleh, is a fabulous and easy way to incorporate whole grains into your diet. Originating primarily in the Middle East, bulgur can be found on menus across the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. It’s a simple ingredient that can be dressed up or served simply depending on the occasion and, behind oatmeal, one of the best “gateway” grains for most people’s forays into whole grain cooking.

What is it? Quite simply, bulgur is wheat that has been parboiled and cracked. Most often it’s made from durum wheat, but can also be made from hard red wheat and soft white wheat. We offer two varieties- one made from the hard red wheat and one from the soft white wheat – we call them Bulgur and Golden (Light) Bulgur, respectively. Because it is essentially just wheat, bulgur does contain gluten. If you must avoid gluten, try whole grain millet or kasha for a similar texture and flavor.

How do you use it? What we love about bulgur is its incredible versatility. A great “starter” recipe for bulgur is our Tabbouleh recipe found on the package. It’s simple to prepare and has a lovely balance of flavors between the nutty wheat, tangy tomatoes and hint of mint. Bulgur can be used in salads, soups, casseroles and pilafs, as well as added to baked goods for a nutty crunch. Try these Lemon Bulgur Poundcakes for a real treat! This Bulgur Asparagus Salad is one of our favorites and a great way to enjoy the bounty of spring. Bulgur can be used in place of meat in casseroles, as it has a chewy texture that replicates ground beef quite nicely. Add it to meatballs and meatloaf to stretch the dish and boost the whole grain content.

 

Comments

Helene feldan says:

I am trying to order regular not quick cooking bulgar wheat and extra thick whole oats that i have ordered both from u many times look up my pasr order and call me when u called me back yeaterday i was driving.

Helen,

I will pass your info to customer service.

Semi says:

Hi,
I am considering buying bulgur for its ability to help me lose weight.

Serious question: If bulgur is so whole grain and healthy, then how come Bob has such a big belly? Bob, you say all these whole grains are healthy for you and I buy your oats and am now looking forward to starting to buy your bulgur because of its health benefits. But I just watched the bulgur video above , but you seem overweight. How come?

I am sorry to ask this so bluntly but I need to know that this whole-grain stuff actually works in practice, not just in theory and the fact that it does not seem to be working for Bob is raising a red flag for me.

Thanks for your understanding.
Semi

First of all, how a body looks does not equate to how healthy it is. Bob is not a spokesperson for a weight loss program and I’m a little confused as to why you would look at him critically this way. Having a belly does not mean you are unhealthy. Whole grains help with weight loss in that they keep you full and satiated better than a refined grain. Additionally, weight loss success comes from eating less calories than you burn. A nutritious diet and exercise will help you achieve your goals. I can only hope that I am as healthy as Bob when I am 88.

Semi says:

Um, it seems that despite my attempt to prevent it, it seems that you took my comment as an attack or criticism on someone, which was not my intention and I apologize for that.

Bob does seem to be a spokesperson for the company which seems to be selling not just food, but also the claim that this food will help your overall health.
Also most medical practitioners do seem to think being overweight and a large circumference around the belly (more than 40”) is a serious health problem. I was just asking him if he had some other lifestyle circumstance that confounded his situation for example.

Anyway, I will continue to buy bob’s red mill products. I guess I just need to watch how much I eat them and hope that it works out for me.

Thanks

Semi says:

Wanted to include a link to the link between belly fat and health:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/mens-health/in-depth/belly-fat/art-20045685

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