As you may recall DH is from New Orleans and my family is from the Dominican Republic. Our cuisine is very similar because of the French and Spanish influence that occupied both geographical locations. This makes me very happy. I enjoy cooking dishes from all around but my favorite is always what I grew up with…. rice, beans, and some kind of meat. These days we have swapped out our not-so-healthy white rice for bulgur wheat. It’s the stuff they use to make tabouleh. You know, that very popular middle eastern salad that has tomatoes, parsley, onion, etc. Well, believe it or not I grew up eating several middle eastern and mediterranean dishes that are very popular in Domincan Republic because of the Arabic and Turkish influence on the island. One of my favorites are quipes (pronounced key-pay). My mom makes the best ones ever.
Tonight I was in the mood for the ultimate comfort food for both DH and I.
RiceBulgur wheat, beans, and meat (chicken, to be exact.)
If you have never tried bulgur wheat as a rice substitute… go for it! It is so much healthier and it tastes just as delicious. We haven’t eaten rice in months and that is tough for us both since we grew up eating rice almost every single day! If we can make the switch you can at least give it a try! You can find bulgur wheat at just about any supermarket these days. The bulgur wheat we have says there is 8 grams of protein in just 1/4 cup!
Here is the make-do recipe I threw together tonight.