What the F*** is Freekeh?
Freekeh is a rising star in the superfood community. If you have yet to hear of it, don’t feel behind. It’s up-and-coming. So, besides a great name, what is Freekeh? In simple terms, freekeh is wheat (sorry gluten-free community!), more specifically, a young, green wheat that has undergone a process of being toasted and cracked. It’s a whole grain that makes a great addition to any dish and can be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike!
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Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. The great combination of protein and fiber not only helps to fill you up, but keeps you fuller longer! It actually has about twice as much protein as quinoa! And you don’t have to be concerned about blood sugar levels. This grain falls low on the glycemic index. Freekeh is also an excellent source of magnesium, selenium, potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin B and zinc. These various nutrients assist in your body’s ability to rebuild muscle, sustain energy levels, and maintain a healthy immune system!
This hearty grain packs a tasty punch with an earthy and nutty taste with a subtle hint of smoke and a rich, chewy texture. Due to its extraordinary flavor characteristics, Freekeh pairs well with dark, leafy greens, winter vegetables and Mediterranean inspiration!
How to cook it
Like many other grains, such as rice and quinoa, the liquid to grain ratio when cooking is 2:1. For every cup of Freekeh, you’ll need two cups of water or broth. If you’ve bought the cracked version, you’ll cover and simmer this grain for approximately 15-20 minutes. If you purchase the uncracked Freekeh, it will need to simmer for approximately 45-50 minutes. Freekeh makes an excellent addition to salads, a replacement for rice, stuffings and soups.
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Freekeh pairs extremely well with many of the other superfoods out there, like this delicious antioxidant and fiber-packed meal made with freekeh, sweet potatoes, kale, pumpkin seeds and an easy homemade cilantro lime dressing! You can use Freekeh in a variety of ethnic dishes, from Greek to Moroccan to Lebanese to Thai!
For a Greek influence, pair freekeh with crunchy cucumber and red bell pepper, tangy feta, zesty onion and fresh parsley.
For a sweet and spicy meal, combine freekeh with sweet golden raisins and apricots, turmeric and cinnamon for a Moroccan allure.
If you’re looking for a more Middle Eastern feel, add some traditional spices, delectable figs, creamy goat cheese, and fresh mint for a Lebanese twist.
And if you’re looking for an Asian persuasion of the Thai variety, drizzle some tangy ginger peanut sauce over a mix of edamame, juicy bell pepper, crunchy carrots, cabbage, and some hearty freekeh. This just goes to show that freekeh is versatile and flexible, a wonderful addition to any meal.
For tonight’s dinner, don’t be afraid to get Freekeh!