You won’t miss the meat in this delicious bulgur bowl! Last week, while I was perusing my recipe binder and planning the new week’s dinner menu, I ran across an old favorite from Cooking Light – Tex-Mex Rice Bowl. I decided to make a meatless version to rev up the nutritional value.
In this new whole food, plant-based version, two cans of organic beans provide plenty of protein and fiber, while the bulgur wheat, with its meaty chew, stands in nicely for both rice and ground beef. I love how the juicy, fresh tomato and crunchy sweet corn brighten it up. Minced, fresh jalapeno provides nice pops of heat, not too much.
I’ve discovered several reasons to take bulgur beyond traditional Tabbouleh more often. Unlike rice, it has very little inorganic arsenic. It has a healthy balance of fat, fiber and protein (yes, grains provide protein!) And it cooks up just as fast as white rice.
This meal comes together in a snap, perfect for a busy weeknight.