This recipe very hearty and is a kind of Lebanese porridge called mjadara, usually made with lentils and rice. It is great eaten cold or hot with a side salad of shredded cabbage, romaine lettuce, or a mixture and lemon and homemade olive oil salad dressing. You can also serve with a side of radishes. Recipe:
1 Cup red beans (light or dark kidney, pink beans)
1 Cup bulgur (cracked wheat)
5 Cups water or bone broth
1 large onion, minced
½ Cup EV olive oil
½ tsp. sea salt, or to taste
Optional- 1tsp. ground cumin
Soak beans overnight in filtered water with an acid such as whey, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. Click here for soaking instructions.
The next morning, rinse beans well and bring beans and water (or broth) to a boil, cover and simmer until beans are fully cooked, about 1 hour.
In the mean time, sauté onion in olive oil over low heat until dark golden. Set aside until ready to add.
Once beans are cooked, add bulgur, onions with the olive oil, and salt and optional cumin. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until the bulgur is almost done, then turn off heat and leave for about 30 minutes, do not remove lid. This is to not only cook the bulgur, but to let the flavor come together.
This dish makes great leftovers for a lunch on the go and can be eaten at room temp or warmed up with a side salad.
This dressing is very versatile, it can go over just about anything and any salad, including tuna salad, baked fish or baked chicken, potatoes, or anything else you can think of!
1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
½ Cup lemon juice + 2Tbs.
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. dry mint (optional)
Put lemon juice and all other ingredients, except olive oil, in the blender and blend until all chunks (garlic/turmeric) are gone. Then slowly pour in the olive oil while blender is on a low speed and once fully mixed (about 10 seconds), turn off and it’s done J
This recipe is for 1 ½ cup of dressing, it can be made and stored in the fridge for about 5 days; shake before using.
Turmeric root has so many health benefits and this is a great way to add it to your diet. You may leave it out if you can’t find it in stores; Indian grocers or Whole Foods carries it usually. If you are using fresh turmeric root, it has more health benefits as opposed to the powdered which has lost many values but is still good for you.
*The taste of turmeric root is a little sharp like radish and goes excellent in this dressing.