Recently I was offered an opportunity to try out freekeh by Fit Approach and Freekeh Foods. Since I’m always trying to expand our eating horizons, I jumped on it. They sent me a package of plain and a package of Rosemary Sage flavor to try.
So, what exactly is freekeh? Freekeh is roasted green wheat, so if you are looking for gluten free or wheat free, this is not your product. Freekeh is high in protein, fiber, and lutein. It cooks in a bit faster than white rice and a little slower than quinoa (22ish minutes after being brought to a boil), so it’s a convenient grain to cook up quickly for dinner. The freekeh from Freekeh Foods is organic, non-GMO, and grown in the USA. The bag says it makes four servings, but I found that to be four really generous servings.
This version was simply the grain. No salt or flavorings were added. I took it with me to Wisconsin, so I that I could try it with my mom (who is an excellent cook). It turned out to be a slightly nutty flavored, chewy grain. I really liked it, even plain. Mom made unstuffed cabbage rolls with it for dinner one night and it was FABULOUS! I’m sharing that recipe below. She also made some veggie burgers with it. I need to play with that recipe and will post that one another day. I’m also going to need to try the plain out on my kids and Beer Geek as they would not go any where near the cabbage rolls (Ok, in Beer Geek’s defense, he wasn’t there LOL). I’m hoping that they like it as none of them will eat quinoa (my other choice for high protein grains).
Rosemary Sage Freekeh
The smell of this when it was cooking was amazing. I love rosemary and sage and the smell just wafted through my house. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that the smell carried over to the flavor and the freekeh was a bit bland. I’ve been experimenting with what to add to it to give it some more zing, but I think in the future, I’ll stick with plain freekeh and add my own spices.
Want to try some?
Enter my giveaway and choose one bag of whichever flavor you want to try (original, rosemary sage, or tamarin)! And don’t forget to try out the yummy recipe for the unstuffed cabbage rolls!
- 1 sm. head cabbage, chopped (approx 4 cups)
- 1/4 C chopped walnuts
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 6 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/4 C onion, chopped
- 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey (or vegetarian crumbles)
- 3/4 C cooked Freekeh
- 1/2 tsp oregano-divided
- 4-6 oz chopped fresh mushrooms or 1 can pieces, drained
- Parmesan cheese
- Cook freekeh according to instructions on package, using either water or broth
- Brown meat (drain fat) or prepare crumbles.
- Saute onion, celery, and mushrooms.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine onion, celery, mushrooms, walnuts, and fresh plus 1/4 tsp oregano.
- Place cut up cabbage in greased 7×11 pan and microwave (covered) for 3 minutes. Allow to sit and steam for a few minutes.
- Top cabbage with meat mixture.
- Mix 1/4 tsp oregano with tomato sauce and pour over the top.
- Bake 40 minutes at 375*.
- Sprinkle with parmesan and bake 5 more minutes.
Disclaimer: I was provided two bags of Freekeh foods to try. I was not provided with any other compensation. Freekeh Foods will also be supplying the giveaway bag.
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