Packed with fresh summer vegetables, this Greek Tabbouleh Salad is a light but hearty meal that can be prepared ahead and enjoyed for a few days!
Balancing a healthy life can be tricky. Between a job, keeping up with housework, extracurricular commitments, making time for my husband, and anything else that I enjoy/want to do, it’s easy to stray from healthy eating habits. (Why hello, takeout sushi, pizza, etc.!)
In the past few years, I’ve realized the importance of having a game plan when it comes to healthy eating. I try to make meal planning a priority, and spend some time and the beginning of the week making a ‘menu’ and shopping list. Even if we stray from the list during the week, it’s helpful to know that the pieces to a healthy meal are sitting in my kitchen.
Dinners are probably the easiest; I (usually) look forward to cooking when I get home from work. Breakfast is also fairly easy, since I rotate between 2-3 options that come together in minutes. But I struggle with lunches. I’m not a huge fan of leftovers, and I don’t leave myself the time to prepare something new in the morning before work, so I often rely on a pre-made salad that I prep at the beginning of the week and portion out for each day.
While quinoa is my go-to salad base, this week I was in the mood for something different so I pulled out my favorite cookbooks and started digging for some inspiration.
Leave it to Giada to come through with a healthy but delicious alternative! I adapted her recipe for tabbouleh with kale, and soon had my lunches checked off for the week.
The original recipe called for bulgur, which is not something I stock in my pantry. When I couldn’t find it at the grocery store, my sister suggested freekeh as an alternative. (Thanks, Mad!) This was my first time using freekeh, and I’m happy to say that I’m a fan. Some quick research revealed what I had already suspected: freekeh is super filling, thanks to its protein and fiber content (twice the fiber of quinoa- source).
I’m already planning some upcoming recipes with freekeh, but in the meantime, here’s my version of freekeh tabbouleh!