Cracked Wheat (Freekeh) Salmon bowl with a zesty orange vinaigrette is a healthy and quick weeknight meal ready in 30 minutes.
I have a problem. You could even call it a little addiction. If I see an ingredient in a store that I’ve never used before, I have to buy it. Even if it is a huge bag. It is a good thing we all liked freekeh aka cracked wheat. I just couldn’t help myself. We were at Costco, and they had big bags of black rice and freekeh. Oh yes, they both ended up on my cart. I was giddy with anticipation about cooking this lovely grain. I knew freekeh was an incredibly healthy grain. It is actually wheat that is harvested when it is young and still green, then roasted. What is incredible about this, dare I say “super food”, is that it has a lot more fiber than both brown rice and quinoa. It also has more protein than quinoa. Quinoa may be the flavor of the moment but I’ll take freekeh any day of the week.
Since I had this big bag I had to do something with it. It cooks very much like rice and I found freekeh much more reliable than quinoa. I never know if I’m going to have mushy quinoa or under cooked quinoa. This cooks perfectly. It makes a wonderful base for some fresh seafood and vegetables. Best of all this meal can be done in under 30 minutes. That is a serious bonus when you are trying to get back in the groove of school night cooking.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing easy weeknight meals with you. They will be ready in under 30 minutes or slow cooker recipes. Come back on Tuesday for an easy side dish recipe, Sautéed Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Thyme.
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