everything but the salad

16 Sep

What to bring for lunch? Ah, the eternal question.  There are two things that make this salad so especially great.  First, is that it has a grain base instead of greens, which makes it much more filling.  Second, it tastes good with pretty much anything.  Consider the ingredients I listed as a starting off point.  Mine is a bit southwestern themed… but italian (sun-dried tomatoes, mozz, salami, balsamic vinegar, spinach etc) or greek themed (olives, cucumber, feta), all work well.  But no theme required… go wild.

p.s. this makes a couple days worth of lunch

1 cup bulgar wheat (can also use couscous, qunioa, barley etc)
2 cups water
1 pepper (red, green or yellow)
black beans (or chickpeas, kidney beans etc)
Smoked gouda (or feta, cheddar etc)
raisins (or dried cranberries, cherries etc)
nuts (if you like, i don’t)
baked tofu (can buy packaged baked tofu- my recipe coming soon- or can use regular tofu- i prefer the vacuum packed to the kind sitting in water)
1 lime
red pepper flakes

Cook your grain of choice according to its instructions. For bulgar wheat, put 1 cup bulgar and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and cover.  Bring to boil, then lower heat.  Simmer for 15-20 mins.  Take off heat (don’t uncover) and let stand for 10 mins .  Fluff w. a fork.

Add chopped pepper, cheese, tofu, rinsed beans.  Sprinkle w. red pepper flakes and juice from lime.

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4 Responses to “everything but the salad”

  1. rew September 16, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    This looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to make this for lunch!

  2. Wendy Moore September 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Right up my alley! Yum!

  3. Jess P. September 17, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Oooh – I remember trying this when you’ve brought it for lunch before….so yummy! I’m going to try making it myself!

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