I don’t know why anyone eats meat when there are such great vegetarian meals to make and eat. Monday and Tuesday were tough, long days. After returning from the Foodbuzz Festival late Sunday night, I then had to turn around and do all my laundry and pack for a work trip with PB, leaving Wednesday morning. There was no time for grocery shopping, so I dug into the fridge, pantry, and freezer to put together Tuesday night’s dinner.
I do my best to eat well and eat light, but sometimes a dish is so good that I can’t help but eat two huge bowls of it. This was one of those times. There are no excuses not to eat a healthy diet when there are lower cost meals one can make that take little to no time. This dish, from start to finish, took about 20 minutes, not including the time the wheat had to soak.
Cracked Wheat with Broccoli, Garbanzo Beans & Kalamata Olives
2 cups cracked wheat or bulgur
1 package frozen broccoli
1 16 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
10 pitted and chopped kalamata olives
1-2 cups tomato sauce
1. Soak your cracked wheat (very similar to bulgur or bulghur wheat) in water for 1 hour. This is done easily by putting it in a bowl and pouring water over it until it is fully covered by water.
2. Drain the wheat. At this point you could cover the bowl and put it in the fridge until you need to use it.
3. Steam the broccoli until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add that as well as the garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, and 1 cup of sauce and mix well together. If the mixture is still a little dry add more sauce until it reaches the consistency you want. For me, this time, that meant about 1.5 cups of sauce. The amount of sauce needed depends on how long you soak your wheat and how much water it absorbs.
4. Put the whole mixture in a pot over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring every now and then. Alternately, heat up the whole bowl in the microwave until hot.
I found this to be extremely satisfying and flavorful, but most importantly, it was made with all ingredients that are good for you. Suggestions are welcome, so try it out and let me know your thoughts!