Mysterious Grain in the pantry or how to make a wonderful vegetarian / vegan stir fry

08 Jan

Good morning, friends.
I hope you slept well and happy that the weekend is here.
I am not working in an office, I work from home most of the time…so it is not that really big of a difference, just my husband is home on the weekends and my house is more messy…stuff here, stuff there.
He is also noisy, so sometimes it feels like there is a horde of rhinos running through my bedroom.
But most of the time, he is in his garage..thank God for that.
Now back to those mysterious grains I cooked last night.
They are wheat berries, Tosca came over for coffee and identified them right away.
Wheat berries are the whole of the wheat before it has been processed, so unfortunately not gluten free.
According to CalorieCount, one serving of wheat berries is 1/4 cup dry and contains 160 calories, with a total fat count of less than one gram of fat (0.5 grams). In addition, wheat berries provide 34.1 grams of carbohydrates, 174 mg of potassium, 6.4 grams of dietary fiber and 6.4 grams of protein. As well as potassium and dietary fiber, wheat berries are also an excellent source of iron, providing 9% of the total recommended daily intake.
As you all know, I do not count calories…maybe I should, but life is too short and too much fun to do that, in my humble opinion.
So, back to those wheat berries , yummy, that is all I can say.
I cooked them for a while, at least 2 hours ( you can speed that process up by soaking them over night.)
I made a vegetarian/vegan stir fry last night:
You need :for 2 people
2 cups of wheat berries ( cooked)
1 red pepper, chopped
2 poblano peppers, chopped
1 /2 onion, chopped

1 cup of cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup of frozen green peas
1/2 cup of frozen corn
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 cup of cilantro, chopped
salt, pepper
a dash of chilli powder, turmeric, cayenne pepper and cumin
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Heat the oil in a big deep pan, add the onions and saute for a bit, add the peppers, cook until soft, then the wheat berries, roast a bit more until all the veggies get softer and some maybe might get a bit of colour in the pan. Add the frozen veggies, stir well and start adding the spices. Turn down a bit ( all this was cooked on medium high), simmer for maybe 2 – 4 minutes, add the garlic, cook another minute and now add the fresh cilantro and enjoy a fast and healthy dinner ( it took me all in all 20 minutes to make without cooking of the berries).
Cook it for yourself and I am sure you all will like it.

wheat berry stir fry

wheat berry stir fry

 

 

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