Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mexican Freekeh

     If you have a large group to feed and want to stay healthy and care about the well being of your loved ones, then feed them Mexican Freekeh!  #timetogetyourfreekehon  I love the idea of having your Mexican and your health too.  First of all let's talk portion control, second let's talk vegetable bulking strategies, and third let's talk spices for high pitched flavor!  My point being, it's possible to enjoy good comfort food in moderation while not derailing your healthy habits! Each one cup serving is 233 calories, 25g net carbs and 17.6g protein, stats do not include garnish or salad. In case you are not familiar with Freekeh, it is a roasted green wheat, and has more protein than Quinoa, Brown Rice or Oats, and is high in fiber, mostly insoluble.  Low on the Glycemic Index, Freekeh takes the lead in nutritional quality.  Try it today for a filling, funky new dish.  Enjoy  guilt free, Ole'  :)

Ingredients for 8~1 cup servings:
2 1/2 cup Water
1 Tablespoon Chicken Base
1 cup Freekeh
1 Tablespoon EVOO
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped jarred Garlic
Dash Cayenne
1 pound 99% fat free ground Turkey
1/4 cup Taco Spices, or Taco Spice packet
15oz Black Beans, or Tri-Colored Beans, drained
1/2 cup Corn
Garnish with Chopped Roma Tomato, sliced Avocado, Shredded Cheddar, diced Green Onion, Light Ranch Dressing, or Salsa as desired. (Moderation is KEY)
Large Green Salad

     Bring Water to boil with Chicken Base and Freekeh, cover and reduce to simmer for 25 minutes, remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, add EVOO to skillet with Onions, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown, add ground Turkey til cooked thru, drain and stir in Spices, 1/4-1/2 cup water as needed, Beans, Corn and cooked Freekeh.  Simmer til well blended.  Remove  from heat, enjoy a one cup serving with your favorite garnish in moderation!  Serve over large green salad.  Enjoy  :)

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