For a new twist on tabbouleh, we use earthy, whole-grain freekeh combined with cucumber, parsley and tomatoes. Freekeh is found in two forms: whole or quick-cooking cracked; 2 cups of cooked bulgur can also be used as a substitute. Serve with the lamb patties and a spinach salad with herb vinaigrette. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2015

Lia Huber


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  • Combine water and freekeh in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes for cracked freekeh, 20 to 25 minutes for whole freekeh. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, combine onion, half the garlic, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Scoop half the mixture into a smaller bowl and mix well with yogurt; set aside for serving. Add lamb to the remaining spice mixture and use your hands to gently combine. Form the lamb mixture into 8 oblong patties.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once or twice, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees F, 8 to 12 minutes total.

  • Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil, lemon juice, the remaining garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add cucumber, parsley, tomatoes and the cooled freekeh; gently toss to combine. Serve the lamb patties with the freekeh tabbouleh and spiced yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

508 calories; 28.3 g total fat; 8.6 g saturated fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 537 mg sodium. 562 mg potassium; 33.4 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 30.6 g protein; 2276 IU vitamin a iu; 41 mg vitamin c; 61 mcg folate; 123 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 72 mg magnesium;