Freekeh and quinoa with lemon garlic yoghurt and pomegranate
What a mouthful! Freekeh and Quinoa with a lemon garlic yoghurt and pomegranate is awesome! I love nutty, chewy, smoky and light freekeh. When i first heard of it, i just thought it was another healthy grain that was being pushed on us and it sounded a bit freaky to me..Sorry i can’t help it! It’s actually pronounced farrik or freekkah. So why the e? It’s like all these silent k’s and p’s and don’t even get me started on the spelling of Leicester (the city i live in) pronounced Lester. Why all the extra letters. SO egged on.
I admit, I’m a bit late to jump onto the freekeh bandwagon so imagine my surprise when i snap chatted my meal and a school friend asked me where i could get it. I haven’t yet seen it in major supermarkets but i did see it in Holland and Barrett yesterday. Maybe i just haven’t looked hard enough?
Freekeh is basically green durum wheat that has been roasted, at which point the straw is burned off.
It has always been popular in middle eastern cuisine. Nutritionally it holds so many benefits. Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fibre. Freekeh is really filling and is also low on the glycemic index.
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My son just woke up with these words, ‘that was the best dream ever’. Yep that was literally the first thing he said as his eyes opened. He had a dream about one of the Transformers and a load of helium balloons. Him and my nephew attached the helium balloons to some gecko dude and this fella flew off. It sounded like a lot of fun. I’m not really into Transformers though unless we are talking about a huge transformer that moves and performs or the transformer that used to stand tall at the back of the RED5 shop in town.
Today my background noise is Sunday Brunch and the Celebrity Masterchef winner Alexis Conran is on it. I love to see how much the contestants and winners have grown in confidence since the show. I suppose i am a bit of a super fan.
I actually used this freekeh and quinoa mix and it was so good. It was the first time i had stepped foot in Waitrose and it was a strikingly different exit to my exit from Asda. Think upmarket Waitrose = swinging hands vs High Street, Asda = heaving trolley.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 medium onion sliced finely
- 150g Freekeh and Quinoa mixed
- 1 vegetable stock cube in 200ml water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped
- 1 tsp dried mint
- 50ml plain yoghurt
- 1/2 tsp juice from a lemon
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- Pinch of salt
- Seeds form half a pomegranate
- In a deep medium non stick pan over a medium low heat, heat the oil, then add the butter.
- Once bubbling, add the onions and cook for 15 - 20 minutes.
- In the meantime soak the freekeh and quinoa in just enough water to cover it for 5 minutes.
- Rinse and drain the freekeh and quinoa.
- When the onions are done, mix the freekeh into them.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and add the seasoning, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Reduce the heat right down, cover the pan and allow to cook for 15 minutes,
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Keep the pan uncovered and let it cool down.
- Stir in the mint and parsley.
- Using a fork or a whisk, mix together the yoghurt, lemon, garlic and salt in a small bowl.
- In a small bowl ladle in some freekeh, top with the yoghurt and finally add half a handful of pomegranate seeds.
If you cannot find a freekeh and quinoa mix, just use freekeh on its own or mix the 2 together yourself. Use 110g freekeh to 40g Quinoa.
Based on 4 servings: