|Source: Freekeh Foods|
Before this project, I did not know what freekeh (pronounced: free-kuh) was. I learned that it is a roasted green wheat and is a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
According to their website, "Freekeh has up to three times the fiber and protein found in brown rice, and fewer calories than quinoa and white rice." Note that since freekeh is made of wheat, it is not gluten-free.
Freekeh Foods makes three varieties of flavors: original, rosemary and sage and tamari. It is also super easy to cook. Just throw it in a pot with water and cook for 20 minutes.
When I first heard about freekeh, I thought it could be used as a replacement for quinoa or rice. Unfortunately, my kitchen currently looks like this, so I was not able to experiment much with freekeh.
I did, however, cook a batch of the original flavor of freekeh the night before we demo-ed our kitchen. I used it as a topping for a Greek-inspired salad of kale, tomatoes, feta and Greek dressing.
I found the texture of freekeh to be a little nuttier and a little chewier than say quinoa, but I thought that it made a great accompaniment to a salad for those reasons as well.
I have not been able to try the Tamari flavor yet, but hope to once our kitchen is back up and running. I also see myself using freekeh with other dishes that call for rice or even couscous.
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Disclosure: I was provided with two packages of freekeh from Freekeh Foods and Fit Approach for the purpose of this review and giveaway. No compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.