We recently tried Freekah for the first time. Freekah is an alternative grain to use instead of rice or couscous. We always enjoy trying new foods, especially artisan products so we were keen to try freekah when we saw it.
Freekah not only offers new flavours but also has great health benefits such as:
- Freekah has at least 4 times more fibre than brown rice
- It has a low GI to help prevent diabetes and provide a slow released energy
- It has a high protein, calcium, zinc and iron content
- It is low in carbohydrates
- Low in fat
That is why it is being called the new super grain!
Not only is is it good for you but it is also delicious. It has a toasted nutty flavour to it that really adds an extra depth of flavour to a dish.
I was recently sent some spices from The Spice Kitchen
to try. As freekah is often used in North African cuisine I knew that the ras el hanout that they sent would go perfectly. Keep an eye out for a post all about the Spice Kitchen soon!
This week I am sharing my Mushroom and Broccoli Freekah recipe. This is a dish that will become a firm favourite. I can see me using freekah more often to replace rice.
This is what I did...
Mushroom and Broccoli Freekah
1 vegetable stock cube
100g baby leeks sliced
250g portabello mushrooms, chopped
2tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp Ras El Hanout
1 - Place the freekah in a pan with 1 litre of water, the vegetable stock cube and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 - Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes
3 - Bring a small pan of water to the boil and cook the broccoli florets until the are starting to soften
4 - While the freekah is cooking heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan or saute pan
4 - Gently cook the baby leeks and mushrooms over a medium heat for 10 minutes
5 - Sprinkle over the ras el hanout and stir
6 - Pour over 100mls of the vegetable stock that has been used to cook the freekah and mix
7 - Drain the cooked broccoli and freekah and add to the vegetables
8 - Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly then serve
This is a delicious meal that can be served as it is or an an accompaniment to fish or meat.