Freekeh Foods Review and Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Freekeh Foods through my affiliation with FitApproach, as always, all opinions are my own.   

Have you ever heard of Freekeh?  I had never heard of it myself, so when the opportunity arose to try it out, I jumped on it!

Freekeh Foods Review and Giveaway

So what is Freekeh?

Freekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created. We’re proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name. *NOT GLUTEN FREE*

freekeh

Freekeh has up to three times the fiber and protein found in brown rice, and fewer calories than quinoa and white rice. Freekeh is a great choice to use in recipes you already enjoy, from salads, to soups, to main dishes—the cook times are comparable to brown rice, so it’s easy to choose Freekeh!

Freekeh has 3 varieties to choose from: Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari.  I chose to try Rosemary Sage and Original.

Rosemary Sage Freekeh

First, I tried the Rosemary Sage. I found a recipe on their website for Lemon Chicken with Dill, (and happened to have all the ingredients on hand, which is quite rare).

freekeh recipe

Lemon Chicken with Dill Recipe

  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (approx. 1 1/3 cups)  (Original or Tamari Freekeh work well)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 cups carrots diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, diced
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance® or butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, whole, skinless, boneless
  • 1 bunch fresh dill (about 1 cup), chopped
  • juice of 2 lemons or about 4 tablespoons
  • fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste

In a large skillet, heat up olive oil over medium heat. Toss in carrots, onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add Earth Balance® or butter to skillet and add in uncooked freekeh. Stir to coat freekeh. Add chicken broth. Place chicken in the liquid with the freekeh and vegetables. Top with the dill and the juice of one lemon. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for an

additional 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done. Add a little dill and cracked pepper, plus the rest of the lemon juice and serve.

option: For extra bite, add whole green peppercorns during cooking.

This was a really great dinner!  Everyone ate some, (even my super picky 4 year old), and my husband took the leftovers to work the next day.

The taste was good, and I enjoyed the texture as well.  As far as cooking Freekeh, it took no more time or effort than brown rice, so I can definitely see myself adding Freekeh to my dinner lineup, it will be a nice change!

I also had a package of Original Freekeh to try out.  So I cooked that up one morning, and added some honey and cinnamon…

Freekeh for breakfast

…And it was really yummy! 

I think it would also be really great with some fruit or Greek yogurt!

The best part?!  I’m giving away a package of Freekeh, so one of you lucky readers can try it for yourself!  Just enter below to win the flavor of your choice!

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Have you heard of Freekeh?  Have you tried it? 

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Comments

  1. I love Freekah but never knew how it compared to quinoa and brown rice – great info!

  2. I’ve been obsessed with Freekeh since I reviewed it too last month! YUM

  3. Freekah looks like a food I would love. Too bad it’s not gluten free. I’m sure my family would like it.

  4. I have never tried Freekeh.

  5. I am always the last to try new things. I get into daily habits of the foods I like and that do well for me. So needless to say, I have not tried freekeh yet. 🙂

  6. Meredith N. says:

    I’ve actually never even heard of Freekeh. I love finding out about new products (new to me, at least ha)!

  7. I have not tried Freekeh

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