Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chickpea, Eggplant and Bulgur Wheat Salad


I made Channa Masala recently and had chickpeas leftover after soaking and pressure cooking them. I thought they would pair perfectly with bulgur wheat and a healthy salad. I soaked the bulgur wheat for 30 minutes added tomato and roasted eggplant and voila a healthy lunch was born. Bulgur wheat has a texture like cous cous but is whole grain and higher in protein. 



Ingredients:

  • one cup of chickpeas (canned would also work)
  • one cup of bulgur wheat
  • one large tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • one tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped 
  • a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • one small eggplant chopped
Method:

  1. soak one cup of bulgur wheat with 2 cups of hot water for 30 minutes
  2. meanwhile roast the eggplant with garlic a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper for 15 minutes at 400 , until soft
  3. then combine with bulgur wheat, lemon juice, freshly chopped basil, chickpeas and fresh tomato
  4. enjoy 




What is your new favorite healthy lunch item?


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30 comments:

  1. This look amazing I love bulgur in salads! xxx

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  2. I make something similar with cous cous. I don't add eggplant though .. but i think it will taste good with that too!

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  3. That sounds healthy and delicious,Rebecca!I love chickpeas ......Great salad!

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  4. I very often have that problem that I have some chickpeas left :) I always end up making hummus :D but this is a great idea to do something different

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  5. Yay! Vegan friendly!

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  6. That looks really tasty. I love eggplant and chickpeas, so this is right up my alley. I have been eating (probably way too much too) Vietnamese summer rolls from the commissary. I bought them last weekend because I was baking all day and needed something quick and healthy. But I liked it so much I have had it two more times since. And it's pricey...so I need to get off this kick. But they are super healthy and filling. The version they make here is filled with lettuce, cucumber, avocado and smoked salmon, served with peanut sauce on the side.

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    1. wow they do sound amazing though I might also have a weakness for them

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  7. Rebecca, the bulgur salad looks marvelous with eggplant and chickpea!

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  8. looks so healthy and tasty - YUM!

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  9. This looks so delicious, I would love to taste it! Have a great day!

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  10. so fresh and healthy, right up my alley!

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  11. I love the whole grain salads, Rebecca. Don't make them very often, though. Really must make the effort this fall because they are so good for us. (and you know how I hate lettuce!)

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  12. Another delicious salad made with wonderful grains! I've seen quite a few in blogland recently and I'm loving them all. This one sounds especially delicious with the fresh tomatoes and basil!

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  13. I love eggplant. What a great use of it!

    kristen
    www.beholdthemetatron.com

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  14. What great use of leftover chickpeas. I love both chickpeas and Bulgur, this salad sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend:)

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