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Bulk Foods & Grains

Posted Mar 21 2011 10:49am

After my amazing Sampler Salad at Central Cafe and Organics on Saturday, I’ve been inspired to make one of my own.

I set out to do it yesterday, but I was seriously lacking in the grain department.  I opted for a nap instead of braving the crazy roads to the health foods store.  This morning though, I got up bright and early to replenish my stash.

DSC00961 Bulgur Wheat, Wheat Berries, and Chia Seeds

As I was filling up in the bulk food section, a lady stopped me and asked what I planned on making with each item.


With the bulgur , I plan to  make tabouli.  Tabouli, also spelled tabboule or tabouleh, is a popular dish in the Middle East.  You find it next to it’s sidekick, hummus, in many Lebanese dishes.

I will roughly follow a recipe in Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook and plan to serve it on a salad tri like I had at Central Cafe – greens with a scoop hummus and wheat berries.

I’ve never cooked wheat berries before.

This is about the time I wish I had a pressure cooker to get them done like 5 minutes ago.  The cooking directions on the bin indicated that I need to soak them overnight.  So much for instant gratification.

Chia Seeds , are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provide you healthy servings of protein and fiber.

I mainly eat chia seeds in my morning smoothies, but you can also add them to your oatmeal, breads, pancakes, or sprinkled on top of your favorite salad.  They are basically flavorless with a very slight nutty taste.

When you shop in bulk foods often, you can easily be on your way to a messy pantry.  You place the nuts, seeds, grains, cereals, and spics in plastic bags that don’t work with organization.  In our pantry, I keep the beans and seeds in their bags, and place them by ‘type’ in plastic bins.  For the smaller items, like chia seeds or flax seeds, I place them in recycled glass jars in my cabinet.


Do you shop in bulk foods?  Any tips for making wheat berries?

Enjoy your day!

Be well,

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