Bulgur was one of the first items I purchased from a bulk bin. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into but I had just had a conversation with my mother about an amazing vegetarian chili recipe she lost years ago but we remembered it was full of bulgur. So I started there and I’m so happy I did.
The nutty and chewy texture holds up well as a meat sub in my favorite chili and sloppy joe. Bulgur is simply broken down (different variety) wheat berries that have part of the bran removed and are precooked which is what distinguishes bulgur from cracked wheat. Bulgur also comes in different grinds and more often than not, the bulgur you find in your bulk-bin is fine-ground.
Bulgur can be cooked ahead of time and either frozen or refrigerated until ready to use. It makes a great addition to soups, casseroles, pilafs, and even veggie burgers! Because bulgur comes from pre-cooked wheat berries, cooking time is drastically reduced. Cooking instructions and more information about different grinds can be found here.
NE Vegetarian Bulgur Recipes: