tabouleh

Tabouli/tabbouleh is just one of my all time favorites. The combination of mint, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, the herbs, bulgur wheat- it's all very simple but just a wonderfully refreshing flavor mixture. And of course, every aspect of this middle eastern dish screams health. Bulgur wheat is loaded with fiber which helps aid in digestion and keeps you from being bloated or constipated. Foods high in fiber also promote weight loss as it makes you feel fuller and satisfied for longer. If you're coming down with the cold, adding garlic to your diet is incredibly helpful. Not only does it boost your immune system but it can even reduce the severity of your sickness. Parsley is a another favorite of mine. It cleanses the liver and helps to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body. I could keep going forever. With so many health benefits, this dish is easy to love. It doesn't hurt that it also tastes really, really good. 


I N G R E D I E N T S

1 cup of dry bulgur wheat
1 1/2 cups of boiling water
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of garlic
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 packed cup of parsley, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup of olive oil
pepper


R E C I P E

-Add the bulgar to the boiling water with salt. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes
-In a large bowl, mix together the cooked bulgar, lemon juice, garlic, oil and mint. Refrigerate for two hours. 
-Stir in the vegetables and seasonings and serve