All posts filed under: Couscous, Bulgur, Quinoa & Co.

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley Risotto with Feta and Kale

Barley risotto with feta and kale is of course is non-traditional. There’s no parmesan, no white wine, no butter. Instead this is a risotto made with pearl barley, tomatoes, winter greens and Greek feta. The spices used for this recipe are smoked paprika, fresh thyme, bay leaf and red pepper flakes, which add depth and […]

Tabbouleh with Sweet Potatoes, Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

Tabbouleh with Sweet Potatoes, Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

Tabbouleh with sweet potatoes? Yeeees! Seriously, you’re going to love it! There’s lots of good stuff going on here, first there’s well…sweet potatoes. LOVE. And some of those goods things that make it a tabbouleh — bulgur, fresh parsley, mint and lemon juice. Then there is a little red onion, Greek feta, toasted pumpkin seeds […]

Shiitake Mushroom Blue Cheese RisottoShiitake Mushroom Blue Cheese Risotto

Shiitake Mushroom Blue Cheese Risotto

This shiitake mushroom risotto with blue cheese and spinach is Italian comfort food at its ABSOLUTE best! It’s got fresh shiitake mushrooms sautéed until golden-brown and delicate wilted spinach all together in a pan of warm, creamy, blue cheese and parmesan speckled risotto. There’s just enough of cheese to make it creamy and ooh-so tasty […]

Bulgur Salad with Fresh Herbs, Tomato, Pecans and Lemon

Bulgur Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Here’s a beautiful, insanely delicious and very do-able recipe using featuring bulgur, fresh summer herbs, sweet cherry tomatoes, green onions and toasted pecans. Inspired by Middle Eastern flavors of tabbouleh, this simple summer salad recipe is packed with fresh flavors. Cilantro takes center stage along with parsley and a pretty intoxicating amount of fresh mint. […]

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Risotto‏

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Risotto‏

This smoked salmon and lemon risotto is full of light, fresh flavours and is at the same time quite decadent tasting, thanks to hot smoked salmon plus the addition of a little crème fraîche toward the end of the cooking, which transforms an ordinary risotto into something extraordinary. I have a tendency to crave all […]

Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Arugula Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Arugula Salad

This roasted sweet potato, quinoa and arugula salad is filling, fresh and simply delicious. It’s nourishing, sweet, crunchy and tangy combination of fluffy quinoa, tender roasted sweet potatoes, peppery arugula, fresh cilantro, crunchy seeds and deliciously sweet-sour pomegranate tossed in a brightly flavored citrus-honey dressing. Organic is the best choice for sweet potatoes Roasting has […]

Barley Bowl with Lemon-Spinach Pesto

Barley Bowl with Lemon-Spinach Pesto‏

Okay, I finally understand the ingenuousness of “health bowls”—it’s a fabulous way to enjoy a healthy one-bowl-meal using a mix of grains, fresh vegetables and whatever else you have on hand. In this case, a healthy better-than-rice bowl of barley, fresh spinach, sweet dried cranberries, and toasted pine nuts. End result — an ultra-satisfying, easy […]

Middle Eastern Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur Recipe with Cilantro, Cucumber and Pine Nuts

Middle Eastern Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas with Bulgur

I love simple salads that simply taste good. I when I say good, I mean good with a capital “G”. And guess where the awesomeness starts… in the oven. Imagine this… roasted sumac tomatoes AND roasted cumin-spiced chickpeas. Together… side by side! Then this delicious duo is tossed together in a simple bulgur salad with […]

Pearl barley risotto recipe with dried porcini mushrooms, fresh cremini mushrooms, green onion, parsley asparagus,

Mushroom Barley Risotto with Asparagus

Barley fans! If you haven’t already tried making risotto with pearl barley you should definitely give it a go. It’s of course a little chewier (in a good way!) than Arborio rice, but just like the classic; it has a rich and creamy texture. And with the addition of dried porcini mushrooms, fresh cremini mushrooms […]

simple and healthy recipe for a roasted carrot, spelt and lentil salad paired with classic middle-eastern of flavors like cumin, sumac and za'tar

Za’atar Roasted Carrot, Spelt and Lentil Salad

Oops I did it again. Made another salad I love. Yes, more salad love! A spelt and lentil salad with za’atar roasted carrots, some tasty herbs and toasted almonds — cause every salad needs a little crunch. The dressing is made with eastern Mediterranean spices or shall I say Middle Eastern? Nevertheless, these are three […]

spelt salad with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, sweet red onion and baby spinach

Spelt Salad with Chicken, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Almonds

Here’s a super delicious spelt salad. I mean S U P E R delicious! Many of you already know that I don’t eat a lot of meat, so this is an exception. I’ve made this salad a number of times in a vegan version, which is just as tasty. And it’s that simple, just use […]

Roasted Asparagus Salad that features roasted white asparagus, tossed with tender baby spinach in a creamy tahini dressing. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

What you are looking at is a spinach and roasted asparagus salad tossed in a tasty lemon tahini dressing. Okay, for some this may sound like an odd combination, but it works. It really works! The inspiration from this salad stemmed from 1) a peek inside my fridge I remembered that I bought some first […]

Wild Garlic Risotto with Goat Cheese Recipe

Wild Garlic Risotto

This wild garlic risotto highlights everything spring to me — spring greens popping up everywhere! And the appearance of fresh seasonal ingredients such as asparagus, rhubarb and bundles of wild garlic. I usually transform these tasty garlicy, oniony greens into a pesto, but this time I wanted to give them a try in a luscious […]

Vegetable Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) Recipe

Vegetable Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Here’s a rice dish that is anything than boring!. It’s a non-traditional version of an Indonesian fried rice also called Nasi Goreng (Nasi = Rice, Goreng = Fried). Yes, I made this vegetable fried rice my way, so there is definitely some Elle Factor here. Nasi goreng is typically flavored with a sweet soy sauce […]

A simple and creamy saffron-salsify risotto recipe made with black salsify and Prosciutto di Parma that gets its vivid color from saffron.

Saffron-Salsify Risotto (Schwarzwurzel-Risotto)

Bored with the same old winter vegetables? Well, let me introduce you to a very memorable winter risotto, which for me, is made with a new vegetable. A saffron-salsify risotto. Salsify what? Yeah, I too was also among those people who didn’t know what salsify is, let alone what to do with it! I had […]

Moroccan-Style Quinoa Salad with oranges, pomegranate, almonds, mint, parsley and capers. Vegan and Gluten-free

Moroccan-Style Quinoa Salad

Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food, meaning most Moroccan dishes call for a whole cupboard full of spices, which is why the list is long for the salad dressing. Count ’em. There’s 7 different spices. Though, just imagine, the celebrated Moroccan spice mixture ras el hanout is made up of 27 spices! So comparatively, […]

Mediterranean Grünkern and Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Grünkern and Chickpea Salad

This Mediterranean grünkern and chickpea salad is an excellent example of why old world grains are making a come back. If you haven’t tried grünkern yet, you are missing out on what I would call a spectacular grain. When I first starting putting barley in salads, I thought WOW. Then I tried Grünkern, a grain […]

vegan and gluten-free one-pot cauliflower, millet, and chickpea curry recipe

One-Pot Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry with Millet

This vegan and gluten-free one-pot cauliflower, millet, and chickpea curry is stick-to-your ribs good. Perfect for those winter months! The fresh garlic and ginger, chili, coconut milk, and spices — like curry powder and garam masala paste give the whole thing a ton of pure delicious flavor. And here’s a little secret — there’s grated […]

Lentil Quinoa Eggplant Salad Recipe, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Lentil Quinoa Eggplant Salad

Listen up aubergine-adverse. Here’s an eggplant recipe that fully disguises my favorite purple vegetable. A warm lentil quinoa eggplant salad. The secret is always in the sauce. The trick… peeled eggplant that is slow cooked in a tomato-y sauce with a little chili and cayenne until tender. Okay, of course I could recognise that there […]

Coconut roasted sweet potato and quinoa salad features crisp and tender roasted sweet potatoes, toasted cashews and a super flavorful, chili-lime dressing

Coconut Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Coconut roasted sweet potatoes. Don’t you just love this time of year? Time to enjoy roasted vegetables of all kinds. And how about them sweet potatoes? Wedges is where it is at. The edges get a little crispy and browned and the centers remain soft and tender. So good! And it’s this simple: Baked sweet […]