Freekeh with fresh pesto, peppers, soya beans and feta

FreekehI do love a grain. Walking into Whole Foods, I genuinely get excited when I hear of a new ‘Super Food’ that looks like cow fodder and is something I definitely cannot pronounce (I called quinoa ‘Quin-O-a’ for a good couple of months, before being correctly by a woman in Holland and Barrett who looked like she’d never had a crisp in her life). Freekeh is my latest conquest, and not just because it has the word ‘Freek’ in. It needs a bit of love to be tasty but the bonus is it’s mighty fibrous and low in fat. This salad is packed with veg but big on flavour.

Makes about 3 packed lunches

Ingredients:

  • 200g freekeh (most big supermarkets will have it)
  • 500ml water
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1/4 bag of frozen soya beans
  • 4 sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 pack of feta
  • 2 tbsp fresh pesto (either make your own or buy from the deli counter)
  • Handful of baby tomatoes, chopped in half
  • 2 Romano peppers (yellow and red), blackened, with skins removed, sliced into long strips
  • Handful of basil leaves

Method:

  1. Pour the freekeh into a pan with the water and olive oil. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. Cook the soya beans in a pan of salted water. Once cooked, drain and add to the bowl of freekeh.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir.
  4. Season to taste.

Directions for use: Get a little freeky and mix it up. You can add any veg in season…. courgettes would be a great addition.

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3 thoughts on “Freekeh with fresh pesto, peppers, soya beans and feta

  1. I’ve just been told I’ll be enjoying a supper of soya and freekeh tomorrow. Fortunately, Clauds, there’s a pork pie in the fridge.

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  2. Clauds, keep up the good work with your FANTASTIC lunches! I have make the pate, the sweet potato and courgette salad, pea and halloumi salad and last night the Freekah! Despite what Al says, he loved it (although I noticed this morning that a pork pie was indeed missing from the fridge). No matter, I am so happy with healthy, delicious, vegetarian dishes, and as I am the cook, these will continue to reign supreme. It’s the frittata tonight. Lucky Al – at least it contains Chorizo. Gxx

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