New Foods

March 23, 2011

I was busy cooking up a storm last night in the kitchen.

Here’s what I accomplished:

Cooked Bulgar

I’ve had this bulgar sitting in my pantry for a while, so it was time to make use of it.

This was the first time I’ve cooked bulgar, and it didn’t take very long at all—15 minutes in a simmering pot of water.

I have seen people put it in their oatmeal (like here), and I’m also going to use it to make a tabouli tonight!

Cooked Wheat Berries

I have cooked wheat beries before, but they definitely take longer to cook than the bulgar —60 minutes simmering in water on the stove-top.

I have also seen people add wheat berries to their oatmeal or yogurt (as shown here).

Wheat berries have a chewy texture with a nutty flavor.

Homemade Bread

I can’t get enough of this stuff!

If anyone is really into baking bread, these are the two types of flours I used:

Gold Medal Bread Flour

King Arthur Flour – Whole Wheat

This was the first time I’ve used this brand of whole wheat flour, but I had heard great reviews on it, so I was excited to give it a try.

I didn’t think it was possible for my bread to taste any better, but the two slices I had this morning for breakfast were dynamite!

I also made food for our lunches today:

Caitlin’s The Perfect Baked Tofu

I love this recipe and have used it many times!! It develops a crunchy exterior and the flavors are awesome together.


Israeli couscous

I actually like Israeli couscous better than regular couscous.

I cooked this couscous in chicken broth last night, which makes it extra savory and develops a melt-in-your-mouth taste. (Craig asked is I was cooking chicken pot pie when he came home yesterday.)

Roasted sweet potatoes

I cut a sweet potato into small cubes, sprinkled cinnamon + kosher salt + ground pepper on top, and stuck them in the oven while the tofu was baking.

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Several of these foods are relatively new to me, and ones I have discovered through reading blogs.

I love trying new foods and over the course of starting my blog, here are some new foods I have tried:

Chia seeds

Kale

Goat Cheese

Butternut Squash

Nutritional Yeast

Dinner

Dinner last night was a super quick one that came together in about 10 minutes!

It is all about the meals in a flash when Craig isn’t home, and I’m starving!

On my plate:

a grilled pita bread sandwich that contained:

sprouts + tomato slices + onions + muenster cheese + mustard

Sounds kind of odd, but it was super delicious!

butternut squash and asparagus on the side

Question

What new food have you tried recently?

7 Comments
    1. Great post! You’ve been trying LOTS of new foods lately. I really like the texture and flavor of wheat berries…I need to get some. I especially like them in salads.

      A new food I’ve tried lately is amaranth. I don’t think I’m quite sold on it. But I have a feeling that the more I try it the more I’ll like it.

    1. I am drooling over all the delicious food in this post! I think you just inspired some of my meals over the next few days. Especially the tofu + israeli couscous + sweet potato – yum!

      Some new foods I’ve tried are chia seeds (in oatmeal) and peanut flour (oatmeal too). I want to try bulgar and experimenting with quinoa more.

      1. The tofu + Israeli couscous + sweet potato combination is one of my favorites!! I also like adding (or subbing) broccoli, but I didn’t have any this time.

    1. mmm olives! so they aren’t “new” but i’ve always hated them, and now i tried kalamata olives for a pasta dish and it was fabulous!

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