Earlier this year, I had the honor of being selected as a Sweat Pink Ambassador by Fit Approach. One of the responsibilities and perks of the designation is the ability to review up-and-coming products. In my ever growing repertoire of Kitchen Experiments, I am quite stoked to be able to add new grain into my diet.
A nice substitute to my usual side of Japanese-style rice!
When I read up on vegetarianism via Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, I learned that there were so many options when it came the alternative to the standard grain side dish. The hardest thing for me was figuring out where to start. I have braved the alternative grains aisles at the health food stores, but without the proper guidance, I’ve always turned on my heel and walked away feeling completely overwhelmed. Receiving the opportunity to review Freekeh Food’s organic roasted green wheat (Freekeh; Arabic; “to rub”), served as a compass pointing me in the right direction.
The Freekeh Deets
Check out those cracked whole grains!
Without a doubt, I enjoy learning about the history behind things. Working on experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, and intentionally focusing on cleaner eating as well as expending my pantry diversity, I’m really digging this nearly 2,000 year old secret! (It apparently took the scenic route on the ole telephone game to make it to me…)
I received two packages of Freekeh, one in Original and the other in Rosemary Sage. I enjoyed both, and I delighted in the differences of flavor. With a little more kitchen experimentation on my part, I think I could become a Master Freekeh!
While I did not attempt any of the ambitious recipes, I preferred to enjoy my Freekeh as a side dish instead of combined into my entree. Lately, I’ve been approaching home cooking as I did in Japan, using smaller plates to help control portion size and boxing up leftovers immediately (*BAM* tomorrow’s lunch done).
Cooking the entire “freekin'” package (4 servings) is slated at 20-25 minutes, but unfortunately, I had difficulty tweaking the cooking time for a single portion. A single 8oz package yields four servings (1/4 cup; 130cal/serving), so depending on how many you’re cooking for you can either burn through it in one sitting or make it last for several meals. I bypassed additional seasoning or smothering the Freekeh in any sauces because I truly wanted to experience the flavor and texture profile.
With the Arabic origin, I tried to keep with the Middle Eastern influence, but I may have added a Mediterranean flair by loading up on sliced and roasted vegetables. I used a combination of fresh and frozen vegetables in my dinners to complement the Freekeh. While it was recommended to add it to soups and hot dishes, I held off for the time being as summer in Florida doesn’t really equal “soup season.” When the temperature drops in October, watch out, Y’all!! If you do have dietary restrictions, you may want to read up and see what limitations may prevent you from getting Freekeh!
I was thrilled to find Freekeh in stock at my local Whole Foods, so I can keep on expanding my palate.
My First Giveaway!
The winner will have the ability to select which of the three tasty flavors available (original, rosemary sage, or tamari). Just check out the snazzy RaffleCopter below!
Note: I was given the opportunity to review Freekeh Foods via the Sweat Pink Ambassador Program with Fit Approach. The marketing data is provided by the company providing the sample, but the opinions are my own.