Hmmmm….What?!? That’s right, I tried Freekeh and it is one of my new favorite grains! You may be wondering what Freekeh is. Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain that has an awesome nutty, chewy texture. What’s more, Freekeh has up to 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice and is naturally low in sodium and it’s vegan! Not to mention that it is certified organic, Non GMO, and grown in the USA.
So what do you do with Freekeh? So far I have used it in my chicken stir fry and made a Mexican salad with it. Yum! It would also be great in soups, pilafs, salads, chilis, stews etc…The possibilities are endless!
I love being a Sweat Pink Ambassador. Not only am I surrounded by amazing, uplifting and supportive fitness enthusiasts, but I have the opportunity to test out and review products from time to time. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out the Original and Tamari Freekeh. As always, all opinions are my own!! That being said, here goes!
I was really excited to try out Freekeh because I love quinoa and Freekeh is equal to quinoa in protein and fiber. There are 6g of protein and 4g of dietary fiber in each serving of Freekeh. Perfect to add into the rotation of grains that I prepare throughout the week!
First we tried the Tamari Freekeh which is organic cracked freekeh seasoned with Tamari soy sauce. It cooked up quickly (in about 20 minutes) and I added it into our chicken stir fry. It was a great substitute for brown rice since it already had the Asian flavor profile. Delicious!
I got a little more creative with the Original Freekeh. I made a Mexican Freekeh salad and it was a big hit! I paired it with some chicken that I prepared with Flavor God Everything seasoning. Amazing combination! My husband and 7 year old loved it too. Definitely a keeper!
Here is the recipe….
- 1 cup Original Freekeh
- 2 1/2 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup corn kernels (about 1 1/2 ears if you are using fresh corn on the cob)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 avocado, halved, peeled and diced
- Juice of 1 lime
Add the Freekeh and vegetable broth to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-25 minutes. While the Freekeh is cooking dice your tomatoes, drain and rinse the black beans, steam your corn (if using fresh corn), and dice your avocado. When the Freekeh is done cooking, add in the black beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, crushed garlic, diced avocado, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Serve as a side with your choice of protein (chicken or ground turkey would be great additions) or eat alone as a salad. Enjoy!
The generous people at Freekeh Foods are offering 1 of my lucky readers a FREE bag of Freekeh (it comes in 3 varieties: Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari). I also have some coupons to give away as well! Comment below to be entered in to win your own free bag of Freekeh. The giveaway winner will be announced on September 8th. Good luck! But don’t worry…if you don’t win you can go to their website to see where you can purchase Freekeh for yourself. I know that Whole Foods, Big Y, Shop Rite, and Stop & Shop sell it locally in CT.
*US residents only please*