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Bulgur with Roasted Red Peppers, Chickpeas, and Spinach


Bulgur has a light, nutty flavor that, along with the chickpeas, adds protein to this vegetarian dinner.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2009


  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups baby spinach


  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add bulgur. Remove from heat and soak until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain in a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to remove as much liquid as possible; transfer bulgur to a large bowl.

  2. While bulgur is soaking, roast peppers over a low gas flame or under the broiler, turning frequently with tongs, until blackened on all sides, 8 to 16 minutes. Place in a bowl; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let cool. Peel off charred skins; discard seeds and stems. Chop peppers into 3/4-inch pieces. Strain any juices from cutting board and bowl through a fine-mesh sieve and reserve.

  3. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup oil over medium-high. In batches, fry chickpeas until golden brown and lightly crisp, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and season immediately with coarse salt.

  4. Add chickpeas, peppers and reserved juices, spinach, and 2 tablespoons oil to bowl with bulgur and toss. Season with salt and ground pepper.

Cook's Notes

Millet can easily be substituted for the gluten intolerant.

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  • lmcnolty
    9 MAY, 2011
    This was very good though I made significant changes to the recipe. I used quinoa because that's what I had on hand and it cooks in 15 minutes. I also used jarred roasted red peppers. I cut the oil I used to fry the chickpeas down to 1 tablespoon and it was plenty. If you make these changes this is a super healthy, tasty, 15 minute dinner.
  • Heymambo
    29 APR, 2011
    This was tasty, but needed a little something. I added feta cheese and a little red wine vinegar and it was divine!
  • MS12157780
    13 DEC, 2010
    I make this or similar. But never thought to fry my chickpeas before. I will definitely try this one next time.
  • samira54
    13 DEC, 2010
    i love all that Martha puts out, however, this pic looks like chicken scratching in manure LOL