**Post by guest blogger Gretchen Kingsley**
I have been on the hunt for new recipes. Partially due to pregnancy cravings, partially due to wanting Isa to try a variety of foods, and partially due to the desire to clean out my cupboards and deep freeze and use all of my pantry staples so I can do some much needed deep cleaning. A couple of months ago, I made this for the first time and we loved it. Isa is a fan of anything with a “kick” or strong flavor and the cayenne pepper (yes, it’s optional for those of you that don’t like the “kick”) definitely cinched the deal for her.
I must admit this also occurred during the time that I was on a brief hiatus from frequenting the grocery store. I’m a weekly shopper (oh, how I admire you bi-weekly or monthly shoppers!) but I just didn’t have the get-up-and-go to head on out. I keep my pantry full of good ol’ fashion staples and because of this, usually something can be created on those nights when you have NO idea what to make and it’s already 5 p.m.
Bulgur is a great alternative to rice and the flavor and texture, though not the same, more closely resemble it than quinoa does. Bulgur also has a low glycemic index so it’s a better option for diabetics as it produces only small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin. Read more about the health benefits of bulgur here.
1 pound ground beef
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup bulgur
1 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 pinch cayenne (optional)
Salt and pepper, as desired
Saute ground beef until thoroughly cooked. Set aside.
Heat oil over medium heat and add onion. Cook until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
Stir in the tomatoes and basil, cooking for 2 more minutes
Stir the bulgur into the tomato mixture, making sure that the bulgur is well coated.
Stir in the broth, reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 5 minutes.
Add the honey, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and cayenne to the mixture.
Continue to cook, covered, until the bulgur is tender and all liquid has been absorbed (approx. 25 minutes)
Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add in sautéed ground beef and mix.
**Occasionally, I will add in other cooked vegetables at this time (peas, spinach, summer squash, anything else that you are craving!)
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