Tabbouleh a la Anu

SAMSUNG CSCTabbouleh is nice ‘n easy summer food and it is full of garden herbs, which are in season now. I’ve come to have unusual cravings for Mint. Mint is the herb of choice of this season as it is cooling in quality and a great digestive aid. I am going to share with you a recipe I just can’t get enough of. It is nothing new, the good old tabbouleh, variations of which are copious. Here below you can find another one of them, from my kitchen.

I have to admit, this plate formed in my kitchen because I was very hungry and needed food quick. I usually prefer to make everything from scratch and, by all means, why not this one as well. But I was hit by a lightning bolt in the Lebanese corner shop near by. I think their tabbouleh, made almost in its entirety of parsley and mint with a small addition of chopped tomatoes and onions, is too acidic for me, so, I thought I’ll cook some more bulghur to it. Here’s what else went into it. I can’t remember the doses as I use measures usually for baking only. Play it by ear and have a look at the image if it helps.

1 pack of ready-made plain parsley and mint tabbouleh

(There usually is a bit of raw tomatoes, onion, lemon already)

Bulghur wheat

Sultanas

Pine nuts

Cucumber

Olive oil

Salt

Cracked black pepper

 

Cook the bulghur until it is al dente, add with tabbouleh in a bowl and mix together with a handful of sultanas, roasted pine nuts and half a cucumber cut to small dices. Add olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

I keep enjoying it with houmous and/or goats yoghurt. So good, so tasty and great picnic food by the way!

 

 

 

Hungry after your meals?

Hungry again

Have you ever thought why you feel hungry in the morning after having enjoyed a heavy meal in the evening? Or, have you ever wondered why you feel peckish only after an hour of your lunch?You would think that your body was satisfied for a little while but you still are craving for food. There is a simple explanation to this: you have not absorbed what you have eaten.

If you do not absorb you do not get the nourishment and energy you need. And then, you start craving more food, even if you still have food sitting in your stomach.

This is one of the most common reasons people have digestive and weight management problems. And of course, why we have cravings as well. When we eat at the wrong time or consume too much food at one sitting our digestive process is likely to slow down or stop all together.

Imagine yourself having a heavy meal and going to sleep before it’s been digested. At night the body should concentrate on other things other than digestion and having new food in the stomach confuses the body clock. Because of this the food can stay in your stomach for a long time and be only partially absorbed to your system. For this you might still get a taste of your evening meal in your mouth in the morning. And, because you haven’t absorbed you will feel hungry and crave for sugar and carbohydrates especially.

The same can happen after lunch. If you have eaten too much, too quickly, concentrating on anything else other than eating your digestive process will be in danger. Consequently your food just sits in your tummy causing gas and/or bloating. Nothing is absorbed and when that happens you get afternoon cravings. Sugar and carbohydrates become suddenly very attractive and hard to resist. This is because the brain uses them for energy and they can release it very fast.

For you to avoid these scenarios make sure you eat with awareness, slow down, chew well, take a break to eat, do not wash your meals down with a drink and make sure you are not eating bland food. Make is tasty; you need to satisfy your taste buds as well.

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