I was sent 3 eight ounce packs of freekeh by Freekeh Foods. I am an avid foodie and would pretty much try any food at least once, but I thought to myself, “What the heck is freekeh?!?!?” When I received the box of freekeh, I studied them in their packs for a while. It looks like rice, smells like rice, but does it taste like rice? And, if it is a close cousin to rice, why not call it kinda rice or rice junior or nice rice (I could go on and on)?
As it turns out, freekeh is a centuries-old whole wheat food. It is basically young, green wheat that has been toasted and cracked. According to the experts, when compared to other whole grains, freekeh is higher in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and lower in glycemic index. Freekeh boasts benefits of weight loss, digestive health and eye health…WOW! All that in an 8 ounce package? I’ll take 5!
Of course the challenge with any new food product is how the heck to cook it. And this foodie had to be sure it tasted good. I hate wasting my taste buds and pie-whole feeding time with food that’s just not good. I looked up tons of recipes for freekeh and most of them sounded great. I decided, however, to just go with my gut (pun intended). I would try freekeh plain as a rice substitute and…shall I say…”gussied up” as a part of a more fancier, flavorful dish.
What I really liked about Freekeh Foods brand freekeh is that there’s a variety of flavors. You know how much I LOVE food variety, right? There is plain or original freekeh, tamari freekeh and rosemary sage freekeh. YUM!
I tried the original freekeh with a chicken and vegetable dish I made for dinner. It cooks just like rice! I put it in a pot with broth, seasoned it a little, let it simmer for 20 minutes and VOILA…Fabulous Freekeh! My kids were very reluctant to try it. In fact, they almost protested! I can’t recall what scare tactics I used that night – probably something like, “there will be no dessert if you don’t eat it.” Whatever I used, it worked! They came, they saw, they ate and they liked it!
Since I have such a large family, I realized one pack of freekeh is not enough. That big “4 servings” disclaimer at the bottom of the package? I totally ignored it…ha! I had to make my next freekeh showing a big one because that would be all she wrote. I had to combine the next 2 packages to get 8 servings or there would be a food fight in my house! I decided to try what I call a make-it-stretch meal. You know, one of those meals you throw in some of everything just so you can have enough servings to feed the masses? Well…not only did it work, but it was delicious! I made Thai Lettuce Wraps with freekeh and tempeh (chicken for the constant carnivores in my home). It was a YUMAZING hit! Even my 4 year old proclaimed, “mmmm…Mommy this is sooo good!” I know you moms out there know what a prized badge of honor a 4 year old can bestow upon you – that’s worth more than gold!
As a high fiber, high in nutrients, good-for-you food, I will definitely purchase freekeh again and try different recipes. I will have to make sure to buy in bulk, however, as one pack feeds about 1 person in my house LOL! For more information on Freekeh Foods brand freekeh and an amazing cookbook, click here. For the Thai Lettuce Wraps w/Freekeh recipe and more fabulous foodie recipes, visit my blog at www.pthirty1.com.
DISCLOSURE: I received 3-8 oz packages of freekeh from Freekeh Foods for product review. My opinion on the product is my own. Photographs appearing in this article were provided by Freekeh Foods.