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.


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


Goat Cheese

Butternut Squash

Nutritional Yeast


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


What new food have you tried recently?

    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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