The hard crunch of carrots and almonds, the chewy toothsomeness of chickpeas and cranberries, against a backdrop of whole grains, touched off with the bright hint of fresh mint, which seems incongruous and yet somehow perfectly ties it all together. Having been raised on casseroles, meat and potatoes, I'll admit to a certain Midwestern bias in me that tends to view with initial skepticism anything that looks too much like rabbit food. But if you share my bias, try not to judge this book by its cover. I was blown away by how much I loved this healthy, filling salad. It makes a great lunch or snack on its own, or combined with a sandwich. It makes a nice side dish for a grilled chicken breast dish. Moroccan Spiced Bulgur & Chickpea Salad
This recipe came to me from my dear friend Lynn (aka Butter Vixen), who is becoming a quick study at delicious, healthy vegetarian meals. She brought us six different individually packed lunch servings of this salad in the first days after the birth of our son, when he was still in the NICU, and we were still making the daily commute to downtown Chicago to spend as much time with him as we could. Rather than try to get by on hospital cafeteria food, and knowing we didn't have time to make our own lunches, she thoughtfully provided this tasty, healthy, and filling salad. I think perhaps I will always associate its unique taste with thoughtfulness, kindness, and love.
Light, healthy recipes that make great lunches are a fantastic way to help save money in these tough economic times. This recipe is a great pack-a-lunch food also because it doesn't need to be refrigerated continuously. Just bring it with you and store it at your desk until you are ready to eat. (Although when storing it at home, I did store it in the refrigerator, for better food safety).
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cumin (To taste, I use more)
1/4 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 c. boiling water
1 1/3 c. uncooked bulgur
1/3 to 2/3 c. matchstick cut carrots (I prefer more)
1/3 c. dried cranberries
3 Tbsp. slivered almonds, toasted
2 tsp. fresh mint
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas rinsed & drained
Combine first 6 ingredients & set aside (I put them all in a liquid measuring cup). Combine boiling water & bulgur in large bowl, cover, & let stand 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Mix remaining ingredients with bulgur, toss with dressing mixture.
Nutritional Information per serving (1 1/4 cup)= 450 cals, 13 g. protein, 6 g. fat
Moroccan Spiced Bulgur & Chickpea SaladFrom Cooking Light