It has been quite sometime since I’ve done a Diggin’ It review, but here is a ‘new to me’ product I really think you’re going to like.
Freekeh Food was provided to me free of charge for the purposes of this product review and giveaway through my affiliation with Fit Approach as a #SweatPink Ambassador. As always all opinions are my very own.
First, let me tell you WHAT THE FREEK freekeh is anyways:
Freekeh is an ancient grain that’s high in fiber & protein. Freekeh is organic & Non-GMO verified. Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain that can be compared to and prepared similar to rice or other grains. It has a nutty, chewy texture and has up to 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice. Freekeh is also naturally low in sodium and vegan, however, it is a wheat so is not gluten free for those of you who are gluten free.
Anything that can add some fiber and protein to a meal is a big winner for me. The kids nearly ate us out of house and home this summer. It was like I couldn’t get them full, so I was game for adding some filling protein into our meals. Honestly, I was a little skeptical how the family would embrace another new grain. It took a couple of tries with quinoa, but we love it now. Amaranth got one shot and now I have a nice container of amaranth that will never be used again. I was given two packages of the organic freekeh toasted green wheat to try over the summer. At first I made a bag of the “original” just as a side dish – as a swap for quinoa or brown rice, our go to side dishes to go with any meat and a vegetable. The kids really liked it and I had a lot of leftovers to add into salads and blend into smoothies for a couple of days, as I didn’t season it much, so they didn’t taste the addition to their smoothies.
Then one night I had a brilliant idea. I needed some simplicity so I searched on pinterest for a one pan chicken and rice dish and swapped the freekeh for the rice. PERFECTION. Who doesn’t love a one pot dish that is super easy to make?
But we liked the first try with the plain “original” freekeh so I figured I’d try to venture out with the Rosemary Sage Freekeh and try to make a little “Thanksgiving in a pan.” I mean, really, what is more of a comfort food than the sage of Thanksgiving stuffing?
Buttery chicken and rosemary sage freekehFixed in 30 minutes in one pot!Serves: 6 (4 for dinner and leftovers for at least 2 lunches in my case!)INGREDIENTSfor the chicken
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I sliced mine into tenders, makes it easier for serving the kids)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons ground sage (and a sprig of rosemary for added flavor. You could also add garlic or diced onions for more flavor.)for the freekeh
- 1 8-ounce package Freekeh (approx. 1 1/3 cups)
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used low sodium)INSTRUCTIONS
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet or pan (one that has a lid). Season chicken with salt, pepper and sage. Brown chicken in the butter for 1-2 minutes on each side. (Chicken shouldn’t be cooked through at this point, you’re just getting the outside brown in the butter) Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Add freekeh, chicken broth, and sage right into the pan. Scrape up the browned butter a bit and stir. Place the chicken on top, then cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes until liquid is dissolved.
- Serve immediately.
- I served this with cauliflower and it made for a VERY boring looking (but delicious tasting!) plate. Next time I’d roast some broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans or any of your side vegetables you would serve with a comfort food dish!
Anytime the people I live with clean their plates AND give me a compliment, I consider dinner a major winner. THIS dish not only got a thumbs up from the Girl, it got a “this dinner is really good, momma, thank you for making it for us” from The Boy. I really don’t think he was trying to butter me up or anything! They weren’t grounded, so he wasn’t sucking up. Now that I’m writing this I’m suspicious. Hmmmm. Just kidding. It really was fantastic and DOC and I both gave it a thumbs up instead of the amaranth that prompted a “this tastes like crunchy dirt and let’s never cook it again” discussion.
I imagine that you could use any of the freekeh flavors with whatever seasonings you choose and make a perfect one pot meal. You could do a cajun dish with the original with a little Tony Cachere’s in place of the salt, pepper and sage. You could do an Asian inspired dish with the tamari and toss in some sesame or soy sauce. Use your imagination and come up with a fun new dish that will only take you 30 minutes to get on the table with only one pan to clean! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!
Wait, did you see above… I mentioned a GIVEAWAY!?! That’s right. Again, thanks to Freekeh and Fit Approach I’m going to give away one pack of freekeh and a cookbook. Head on over to my instagram page, follow me and find out how you can win! You’ll have to be following me to win this great cookbook and prize. I’m closing this contest on Monday, September 14 – so you need to act fast!
What’s your favorite grain? Your favorite fast one pot meal?