My love of bulgur wheat was something that happened after my second child was born. Growing up in a small town in Florida, I had never even heard of, let alone tried bulgur wheat until after I met my husband – bulgur was a staple in his house growing up. Bulgur is a common ingredient in the Middle East and is used in everything from pilafs, to soups, salads and bread. It is also commonly used in ground meat dishes. I did not make it a pantry staple in our home until after my son was born and we were tasked with changing the way we ate as a family. I fell in love with this grain – it’s versatility and quick cook time. I love this grain so much that we started a business around it! One thing that always surprises me when we are out speaking with people and sampling our products is how under appreciated bulgur is in the American diet.
- Bulgur wheat is cracked wheat that has been parboiled and cut into different sizes.
- Bulgur is a nutritional powerhouse.
- One cup of cooked bulgur wheat contains: 150 calories, 8g fiber, 6g protein, 0.5g fat, 1 mg manganese, 58 mg magnesium, 7mg iron, 8 mg niacin and 2mg vitamin B6.
- As a whole grain and part of a healthy diet, bulgur helps protect heart health, has a low glycemic index and helps you feel full longer.
- Bulgur is a great source of important vitamins and minerals.
Bulgur wheat is quick cooking and adds a nutty flavor to dishes. Fine bulgur, which can be used with ground meat or in tabbouli, is simply rehydrated in water. Coarser cuts can be rehydrated in hot water or simmered for 20 minutes or less. You find lots of great recipes online or you can try one of our great products with bulgur. Our Whole Grain Pilafs use coarse #4 bulgur – which is the largest of the cuts and creates a rice like texture. Try our Garden Pilaf, Santa Fe Pilaf or Spicy Cajun Pilaf. Our line of Better than Breadcrumbs uses fine bulgur and is meant to be mixed with ground meat to make burgers, meatballs and meatloaves. Adding bulgur wheat to ground meat add fiber, reduced saturated and cholesterol per serving and keeps lean meats, like chicken or turkey, moist. Try our Better than Breadcrumbs Herbs de Provence or Cajun, or any of our six flavors.
One thing to note is that bulgur is wheat. If you have celiac’s disease or are sensitive to gluten, try one of our Gluten Free Pilafs.