Fresh, vibrant and flavourful is how I would describe this easy to make green pepper bulgur. Bulgur, a staple in my kitchen cupboard and a go-to for something quick to prepare, you’ll be eating your dinner before you know it. It is a fantastic way to get you into more lighter meals and to mix it up with different vegetables, keeping it healthy and adding different textures.
80g fine bulgur wheat
1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 spring onion, finely chopped
A handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried mint
Start by preparing the bulgur according to the instructions on the packet.
Once the bulgur is prepared, fluff with a fork and add all the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper, mix well and serve.
Pearl Barley, a versatile delicous grain that can be used in a multitude of ways: soups, stews and salads. It can be the ingredient that almost ‘pads out’ your meal or can be the showcase; either way, it’s a win win situation. With this particular recipe, I love how the chicken remains so moist and juicy, absorbing the lemon and all those delicious seasonings.
2 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
100g frozen peas
100g pearl barley, rinsed
500ml chicken stock
1 celery, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp onion granules
In a pan, fry the garlic and celery in the oil for 2-3 minutes.
On medium heat, add the chicken, lemon, onion granules, oregano and season with salt and pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the barley and cook for a further 4 minutes.
Pour in the chicken stock, add the peas, mix and bring to a gentle boil.
Cover and leave to simmer on low for 40 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the barley has softened but still has a bite to it.
In a bowl put the chicken, grate the zest of the lemon, oregano, garlic granules, pepper, a sprinkling of salt and mix. Then add a heaped tablespoon of plain flour and mix again. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Pour the olive oil into a frying pan and fry the chicken on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping occasionally until the meat has browned.
Remove the chicken from the pan.
Add the fresh garlic, sage, thyme, butter, wine and the juice of half a lemon and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.
Put the chicken back in the pan and cover. Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Flip the chicken every now and then and add a splash of water if the sauce looks too dry.
Best served hot and with some roast potatoes and salad.