Grapefruit Freekah

Add some zing to that side of grains with a little acidity! This is the first time I’ve experimented with grilling fruit and I absolutely loved it. Actually I’ve grilled peaches before as a dessert and those were good, but never grapefruit!

In case you don’t know what Freekah is, it’s only my favorite grain! It’s a green wheat and cooks in about 12 minutes (so much easier than rice). Plus it’s higher in protein than other grains and has 4 times the amount of fiber! It’s also an excellent choice for those with insulin insufficiencies. Usually I eat it plain because the flavor alone is wonderful. It has a nutty taste to it.

I decided to take my freekah up a notch by adding some grilled grapefruit and other ingredients. It was definitely a win!

For this recipe you will need: 

  • 1/2 cup of dried Freekah 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/3 cup white sweet corn (frozen)
  • 1/3 cup of cucumber, peeled and chopped

Start by cooking the freekah. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add the freekah. Turn down to a simmer and cover.

Freekah with water

Freekah with water

In 5 minutes, uncover and add the red wine vinegar and the corn.

This frozen white corn was SO sweet!

This frozen white corn was SO sweet!

Cover for another 7 minutes or so until the water is all absorbed and the freekah “fluffs”

While the freekah is cooking, peel and slice half a grapefruit. Place the slices on the grill (if you don’t have an indoor grill you can use a pan too). Cook for about 10 minutes or until heated through

Grilled fruit, who knew?

Grilled fruit, who knew?

Brings out the sweetness and acidity!

Brings out the sweetness and acidity!

To the freekah, add the cucumber

crunchy and crisp!

crunchy and crisp!

Then the grapefruit

Mix it all up and plate!

Mix it all up and plate!

I grilled some shrimp with this. It had a honey lime marinade on it which was 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of honey, 1 Tablespoon of fresh chive

Pretty shrimp!

Pretty shrimp!

Up close…

Little pink protein

Little pink protein

Closer…

yum yum

yum yum

This freekah dish (shrimp not included) has: 350 calories, 2.7 grams of fat, 71.1 grams of carbs, 19.4 grams of protein. 

For the shrimp add about another 100 calories! I know it seems pretty carb heavy, but again these are GOOD carbs, great for a workout refuel! This isn’t your white starchy bread folks, so eat and enjoy 🙂

If you want to lessen it some do 1/3 cup of freekah instead of 1/2 cup. I just like a lot of freekah 🙂

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

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