Bulgur is ubiquitous in Middle Eastern cooking but also pairs deliciously with Asian seasonings. This simple side dish is perfect with beef, lamb or poultry. For variations, substitute toasted sesame seeds for the almonds, or carrot juice (it is surprisingly good and certainly nutritious) for orange juice.
- 2 oranges
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 cup bulgur, rinsed (see Ingredient Note)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 2/3 cup chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
Zest 1 orange; reserve the zest. Juice both oranges. If necessary, add enough water to the juice to measure 1 1/2 cups total.
Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bulgur and stir to coat. Add the orange juice, brown sugar and salt; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the bulgur is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add scallions, soy sauce and the reserved orange zest to the bulgur; mix gently and fluff with a fork. Serve sprinkled with the almonds.
Fiber-rich bulgur—whole-wheat kernels that are precooked, dried and cracked—is sold in natural-foods stores and large markets.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
234 calories; 5g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 295mg sodium; 38g carbohydrates; 8g fiber; 7g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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