I was recently given the opportunity to try Freekeh.
Have you heard of Freekeh?
I had not.
So what is Freekeh?
According the website:
…Freekeh originated by accident when an ancient Middle Eastern village was attacked and their young wheat fields were set ablaze. In attempts to salvage their crops, the villagers rubbed away the burnt chaff and found that the roasted kernels inside were delicious! Since that time, Freekeh (which literally means, “to rub”) became a mainstay of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Since Freekeh is a roasted green wheat, gluten-free runners, you will have to pass on this one.
When I first saw this grain, it reminded me a lot of quinoa as far as being able to substitute it for rice and add it to any
However Freekeh contains 8 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. It is low fat too which makes it a great substitute for both rice and quinoa.
Freekeh cooks up very similar to rice and comes in three flavors – Rosemary Sage, Original and Tamari.
First I just cooked the Rosemary Sage per directions (add water and cook for about 25 minutes) and served it as a side dish.
It tasted great. My hubby who is picky didn’t even ask what it was. I think he thought it was brown rice.
Then I made this recipe from the Freekeh Foods website: Warm Breakfast Freekeh
I used almond milk and added raisins since I didn’t have any fresh fruit.
I was surprised how good it tasted and one package made breakfast for 3-4 days.
You can buy Freekeh at Whole Foods as well as other health food stores.
But if you’re lucky, you could win some here.
I am giving away a cookbook and a package of Freekeh to one reader. You can choose the flavor (original, rosemary sage, or tamari). *U.S. residents only.*
Click HERE to enter.
Happy Running! Have you tried Freekeh yet? If you won some, how would you eat it?