Simple Recipes – Bulgur Pilav and Tilapia Dinner

by TwinToddlersDad on March 24, 2010

in Simple Recipes

Last week we got a fresh stock of Turkish groceries from tulumba.com, a specialty online store for products from Turkey. One of our favorites is bulgur, which is essentially like cracked wheat except that it is parboiled before use. It is  a low glycemic index, high fiber, protein-rich grain of much higher nutritious value than rice or couscous. We like to substitute it for rice as a side dish with our main meal.

Ingredients

Bulgur

  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or crushed in a food processor
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 2 cups warm water

Tilapia

  • 2 medium tilapia fillet, cut into halves
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad

  • Salad greens, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, green onions
  • Walnuts
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

Saute onions with tomatoes in olive oil in a small saucepan over low-medium heat until soft. Add bulgur, mix well and add enough warm water to cover the bulgur inside the pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes. When completely cooked, bulgur should be soft and fluffy.

Cover tilapia fillets with bread crumbs and pan fry in remaining olive oil until crispy brown on the outside and soft inside.

Make a salad with greens, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers and green onions. Add walnuts. Our regular dressing is a mix of freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil.

Serve with steamed asparagus.

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  • Ozlem

    hey how r u doin? I’m from Turkey and i found your great website when i was googling about vitamin supplements for my toddler. I wonder if you have any connections with Turkey? Bulgur is “very Turkish” :) By the way, i wanted to tell that bulgur is a perfect nutrition for children and for us too. Healthy, tasty, high in fiber, nutritious, a perfect side dish. Everybody should try it. We eat it once or twice a week.

  • Ozlem

    hey how r u doin? I’m from Turkey and i found your great website when i was googling about vitamin supplements for my toddler. I wonder if you have any connections with Turkey? Bulgur is “very Turkish” :) By the way, i wanted to tell that bulgur is a perfect nutrition for children and for us too. Healthy, tasty, high in fiber, nutritious, a perfect side dish. Everybody should try it. We eat it once or twice a week.

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