Do you ever get that feeling like you don’t know what to eat, you’re not in the mood for chicken, or beef, or fish? And then you think about vegetarian dishes and it’s like “will they fill me up?”  Well, that’s kinda how I felt on Friday. I didn’t know what to cook and I wasn’t sure what I felt like eating. So I started sifting through my pantry and found a bag of lentils…ok, that’s a starting point. Then I thought, “ok I’ll make lentil soup…but is lentil soup  going to fill me up?” Probably not, then my little light bulb went off, why don’t I make mujaddara hamra (lentils & bulgar wheat pilaf), I haven’t made it in like a year! And it’s filling, flavorful and I have some Greek yogurt in the fridge that would go great on the side.  Plus my kid will eat anything that is served with Greek yogurt.
Plus since my iron has been low, lentils seemed like the natural choice since they are higher in iron, not to mention all of the fiber and protein.  Add the bulgar wheat and complex carbs on top of that and you have a well rounded meal.  Served with the protein filled Greek yogurt, now you can feel like you’re doing something good for your body.  It took me less than an hour to make it, and only 5 minutes prep time (depending on how fast you can chop onions and pick over your lentils)…what a great meal with such little fuss. Now, there are 2 types of lentil pilaf dishes on my site, one with lentils and rice called mujaddara, and one with lentils and bulgar wheat called mujaddara hamra, I made the one with bulgar wheat because I was in the mood for the caramelized onion flavor.
Here’s the recipe link: