Ah….fake meat post here we come. I have never been a huge fan of tofu, tempeh while I’ve tried and tried to love it…I don’t really, I have yet to sample seitan so we will see perhaps it is in my future. In the meantime I have been looking in to various meat substitutes. Beans and lentils are on my love list and I cook with them regularly…a bit too much in hubby’s opinion. Enter bulgur wheat!
To make my bulgur wheat meaty here’s what I did:
Add one cup sunflower seeds to a blender along with 1/4 cup braggs and one cup diced tomatoes. Pulse until the seeds and tomatoes form a butter of sorts. Add one cup water and mix.
Toast one cup medium grind bulgur wheat in a saucepan. Once toasty remove from heat and add the seed mixture. Mix until the bulgur has absorbed all the liquid and you have a bulgur paste.
Spread the paste onto a baking dish and put it into a three hundred and fifty degree oven. Cook the bulgar stirring every so often until it becomes crumbly like ground beef. This will take about 30-40 minutes.
Once crumbly the bulgar can be used as ground beef.
This particular bulgur ended up as two types of meatballs.
The first a regular beef meatball…subbing in half bulgur wheat “meat” for ground beef. This is a really good way to reduce your overall meat consumption and save money on your budget.
I purchased one pound of grass fed, antibiotic hormone free beef for almost 7 dollars. Where as I was able to purchase one pound of bulgur wheat for 1.24 cents at my local food coop. For very little money I was able to make the pound of ground beef double by subbing in the same amount of bulgur wheat “meat”.
The other meatball was a mixture of smushed black beans, bulgur wheat “meat”, flax egg and spice.
Both meatballs were good…and my family didn’t notice anything a miss with the beef meatballs…or at least no one questioned if there was something different about them.
Bulgur Wheat “Meat”
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup braggs or coconut aminos
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup water or veggie stock
1 cup bulgur wheat
Any seasonings you like.