We are going to get freak-ayyy today! No not that kind of freaky, ha! Freekay for this new superfood grain I’m in love with — Freekeh — featured in this super easy. tasty and simple Tomato Freekeh Pilaf. Have you cooked with freekeh before?
It’s basically this amazing grain with a killer nutritional profile. I mean look at those stats per 1/4 cup serving. Lots of fiber, iron, vitamin E and so many nutritious minerals. In case you were wondering, Freekeh is not gluten free (I double checked) but it is a minimally processed grain so if you are not gluten sensitive I would definitively recommend including some Freekeh in your diet. Plus, it’s fun to say “Honeyyyyy, we’re having some FREEKEH for dinner tonight”. 😉 Which might or might not be understood in more ways than one LOL.
The first time I cooked Freekeh I just threw it in a pot with some salt, pepper, water and herbs, cooking it exactly the way I like to cook rice. J and I both agreed that the end result was a pretty bland and boring side dish. The next time I prepared it, instead of the water I used veggie broth and canned dice tomatoes, topping the Tomato Freekeh Pilaf off with some chives, parsley and walnuts. The resulting Tomato Freekeh Pilaf was soooo much tastier. Still a super, simple, quick side without much thought for busy weeknight but with all the flavor of a tasty restaurant style pilaf. Freekeh #FTW friends!
Do you have a favorite way of preparing Freekeh? I’d love to know! I’m looking forward to experimenting some more with this grain in the future. I have a hunch that it would make a delicious summer style salad and fit in quite nicely with a home-style BBQ!
And if you do bake this Easy Tomato Freekeh Pilaf or any other recipes from my kitchen, it makes my day hearing about it! 🙂 Insta or Tweet it to me (@cearaskitchen with hashtag #cearaskitchen) or Facebook it to me via the Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook Page! Wishing you a wonderful week!
A simple side dish starring the superfood grain Freekeh. This Tomato Freekeh pilaf comes together quickly and easily, making the perfect vegetarian side dish.
- Place freekeh, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, herbes de provence, garlic powder and black pepper in a medium size pot over medium high heat. Simmer for 20 minutes on a medium-low heat until cooked.
- Stir in lemon juice and fluff the cooked freekeh with a fork. Garnish with fresh chives, parsley and/or toasted walnuts. Enjoy as a side.
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Side
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern