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Bulgur Pilaf With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Bulgur wheat is a nutrition-packed whole grain that you can eat as a side dish or a main, with endless variations and additions.

Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 40 Min

Servings: 4 as side dish or 2 as entrée

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts (or other vegetables)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (divided)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or other chopped nuts)
  • 1 cup medium-ground bulgur
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup prunes (or other dried fruit), coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Wash Brussels sprouts and remove any blemished outer leaves. Cut off base of each and halve lengthwise. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  2. Roast in shallow pan at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes, until sprouts are starting to brown and are crispy on the edges.
  3. Meanwhile, toast almonds or other nuts, either by placing in a shallow pan in the oven for about 2 minutes, until they begin to brown, or by browning in the bottom of a medium saucepan on top of the stove, shaking or stirring regularly.  When lightly browned, spread the nuts on a plate to cool and set aside.
  4. While the Brussels sprouts roast, add bulgur and to 2 cups cold water to a medium saucepan. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add dried fruit. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Using a strainer with small holes, drain excess water.
  5. Stir in roasted Brussels sprouts and top with almonds.  Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Note: This can be adapted to suit your taste. Bulgur works well with meats, poultry and seafood, as well as making a nutritious vegetarian meal. You can add almost any vegetables, including peppers, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, peas, beans and more. Prunes are a traditional fruit to serve with bulgur, but dried apricots, nectarines, cherries, figs and more also work well.

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Mangum Cronin.