Tomato Bulgar Pilaf is a healthy and fun substitute to rice. This dish is so good I can eat it on its own. In fact, there is a famous Syrian dish that is this same pilaf but served with pieces of meat on top to make a full meal. So you can make this dish and add any protein on top and it’ll be instantly elevated to deliciousness.
Bulgar is extremely popular in Middle Eastern cuisine and most famously used in tabbouleh. If you enjoy bulgar than you will love this tomato bulgar pomegranate salad, or this bulgar zucchini pilaf. I personally didn’t make this until a friend shared how simple and delicious it is. She shared the ingredients and told me I would love it, and she was right. I made it several times since and perfected the measurements because it became a quick family favorite. She suggested making it with water, which is delicious too but I like to make it with broth which really deepens the rich flavors and elevates the entire dish.
Bulgar still hasn’t gained popularity like quinoa even though it packs more fiber and nutrition than quinoa. One cup of bulgar gets you 8g of fiber while quinoa gets you 5g of fiber. Eating fiber rich foods like bulgar allows the soluble fiber to swell with water and it then slows down your digestion rate and the rate at which you absorb both glucose and cholesterol. This allows you to feel fuller faster and for longer periods of time.
In short, yes, bulgar will help with weight loss.
This tomato based pilaf is a healthy and flavorful substitute to rice. The carmalized onions combined with the tomato and sligthly chewy bulgar will become your new favorite side dish.
- I cup bulgar #4
- 1/2 cup onion diced small
- 2 Tbls olive oil separated
- 1 cup tomato diced small
- 1/2 cup red pepper diced small
- 2 1/4 cup broth
- 1/2 t. Paprika
- 1/2 t. Salt
- 1/4 t. Pepper
- In medium saucepan add 1 T. Oil and onion and lightly caramelize for 4-5 minutes. Do not burn
- Add tomato, red Pepper and remaining olive oil
- Let them all cook together on low heat for 6 minutes until softened
- Add bulgar, broth, paprika, salt, and pepper and cover on low heat for 25 minutes