Bulgur for breakfast!
I’ve been wanting to try bulgur for breakfast for a while and finally got a big bag of it in bulk. It was actually a great alternative to steel cut oats – much, much less labor intensive but the same nutty, chewiness. Perhaps a little less creamy though since we didn’t use milk. But the bottom line? NOTHING, compares to the creamy sweetness of rolled oats made on the stove top with half milk, half water. I think it is fun to rotate steel cut, bulgur, oat bran into the mix for some variety, but rolled oats continue to hold the top spot.
There are two main ways to cook bulgur that I found while searching the internet:
1) Combine equal parts bulgur and cold water in a pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 10-15 minutes (stirring intensive)
2) Combine equal parts bulgur and boiling water in a pot. Cover. Let sit for 20-25 minutes. Drain any excess water.
We went with the easier Option #2. When I came down after 20 minutes there was still some water in the bottom, which I just boiled off over high heat (took about 3 extra minutes).
Then I took my portion and stirred in 1 tbsp flax and some walnut pieces. On the side, I sliced a banana and combined it with 2.5 oz or so of vanilla hemp milk and microwaved the combo until the banana was all melty and the milk was hot, about 1.25 minutes. Then I poured that over the bulgur and topped with a spoonful of almond butter. It was quite delicious!
A noteworthy spoonful with a big melty banana, grains and the almond butter method:
I have to also note that the husband had his with 1/2 a cup of leftover navy beans, 1 fried egg and a ton of hot sauce. I had a taste and it was good, but not for breakfast!
I also had some Good Earth tea with a splash of skim milk –
This breakfast was about 415 kcal, 14 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein! (I’m going to try to include these more since I changed my food diary to include them for each meal).
Had a piece of toast with jam before we left this morning. Then I did an incredibly hard 30 minutes on the Stairmaster plus 10 minutes on the squirrel ET, and 5 minutes walking. Ended with some nice stretching. I’m pooped today!
I’m off to walk in the RAIN (ugg), take a Chem exam, Physio class, a fun lunch, then Chem lab ( 👿 ). Not the most appealing day!!