I learned a very important lesson the other day.
Never let my husband help me with recipe creation. Bless him. He tried.
He always tries. And bless him for always thinking he always knows what is best.
We had a giant bag of chickpeas in our freezer and I have been dying to test out some recipes to use them up. I came across this healthy recipe on SparkRecipes (sister site to Sparkpeople).
Curried Bulgur with Chickpeas sounded like something I could easily work with. I did not have any curry powder so my “curried” was going to have a bit of a different flavor.
Almost Curried Bulgur with Chickpeas
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked bulgur
- 2 Tbsp garlic olive oil
- 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and diced
- 3 green onions minced
- 1 cup frozen shelled peas
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 tsp sumac
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 2 Tbsp sumac
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- In a medium size pan bring 3 cups water to a boil.
- Stir in the 1 1/2 cups bulgur.
- Reduce heat to low, then cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat when done and set aside until needed.
- Heat the 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add the diced red bell pepper and minced green onions and saute until tender.
- Stir in the frozen peas, chickpeas, and 1 tsp of salt. Cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the 1/2 cup of parsley.
- Add the cooked bulgur and stir into the mix.
- Add sumac, pepper, and paprika, then mix.
- Continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or continue with next step.
- OPTIONAL STEPS:
- In a small microwavable dish add the 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp sumac and 2 tbsp paprika. Heat for 10 seconds and mix. Add to chickpea mixture, mix, and cook an additional 10 minutes.
- Serve as a meal or as a side dish.
It looked so pretty when the onion, red bell pepper, peas and chickpeas were in the pan. I started mixing everything up and it had a really nice flavor but for my tastes I felt it needed a bit more. The whole time I was making this, my husband (who must have just been in one of his moods) kept telling me how to do this and how to do that. I guess he’s all of a sudden the expert on Indian cuisine since he’s made a few dishes a time or two.
So, I am trying to get this recipe in order, adding my seasoning and he’s taste-testing and keeps telling me to add lemon and this, this, that, and this. I keep looking at him like he is crazy. I just kept ignoring him. I know how he gets and it’s generally why I do most of the cooking.
All I kept thinking was if I mess this up then I wasted food (which I hate with a passion) and this turns out gross…then what will we eat????
Well, after listening to his “heat the olive oil” speech I finally just did it. That is what the “Optional Steps” are.
Let’s just say….
I feel like a failure. Once I added that mixture …. it wasn’t for me.
My husband lost is sous chef license. He’ll have to earn it back.
Maybe someone else will like it. I know he ate a giant plate of it. So..it wasn’t a total failure. We just have different tastes and that’s ok.
As for the chicken, that’s just some chicken breasts cooked in low heat with lemon infused olive oil and pepper. (Lemon pepper chicken.)
Ha! Too funny. Men are like this. Especially when they make a few meals and they suddenly become head chef of the royal castle. 😉 I don’t like chick peas, but I must admit, these do look pretty tasty. I think I just haven’t found a recipe or way of cooking them that would make em taste really good. Mine always come out too hard and just ugh… 🙂
He has his few dishes that he cooks and that is his thing. I am fine with that. I prefer the natural taste of food and he liked a ton of season and flavor. We often don’t work well together in the kitchen. lol. Most of my chickpeas end up as hummus so this was new for me. Next time I will make sure to not add the extra part on my portion!
Nicole@ 350 Preheat says
Hubs is like this, he can’t figure out why I do all the cooking. The only thing that I’ve successfully seen him cook was a grilled cheese. And even that is questionable at times
All mine does is stir fry. When he cooks the breakfast bacon the kitchen is a smokey mess and kiddo makes fun of him. I find it rather amusing. When I ask him to cook I have to give him specific directions and he’ll still ask me a million times how to do it. He just really likes to over season things and that’s just not my style. 🙂
Melissa Smith says
I’ll have to try your recipe out! But with just me cooking, I banish my hubs from the kitchen for a reason. LOL
I like for him to keep my company and talk to me. And sometimes I like a break and let him cook. But I know what I am doing! LOL
Angel Burch says
Hey, my husband doesn’t cook so you have it really good LOL! I am not a fan of anything that tastes like curry, but I love Mediterranean food so maybe this could be modified? Good luck with it!
It didn’t taste like curry at all so I think you will like it depending on your tastes!
lorraine williamson says
We all cook here. My boys help me alot and sometimes we have a difference of opinion when it comes to seasoning so I can relate thanks for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!! I am so happy with my remodel and so happy that it is over with too!!
It really is beautiful! I can’t wait until we move next year when my husband is done with his clinical’s so we can find a nice home to fix up and make our own!
Green Mommas says
This is hilarious! Love it!!!! 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing! And for the heads up on not letting hubby help 😉
Thank you for stopping by! He does have his good points! Like, I love my great-grandmas noodles but I hate making them. I love watching him and kiddo make them, so I let him do the work 😉
aimee fauci says
I have never had curried chick peas. I would not even think to try it but your dish looks fantastic.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Hahaha, at least he tried, right? There are a lot of guys that won’t even go near the kitchen. My husband is most certainly a better a better cook than I will ever hope to be.
Chrissy Mazzocchi says
Oh men I swear! I’m not much of a cook so Hubby just kinda takes over for me lol It does look good though 🙂
Liz Mays says
I’ll stick with your version, but bless his heart for trying. It was in the right place. I absolutely LOVE chickpeas, so this dish is for me!
Haha, that sounds like my son in law! He gets a little carried away while cooking sometimes.
Krystal's Kitsch says
A funny story indeed! I’ve never had chickpeas, curried or not!
I hate trying to make things and wasting food too! It is one of my biggest issues with trying new recipes. It sounds good but I am not sure I am courageous enough to try this one. My husband may like it though… should I let him make it? haha
Jennifer Williams says
LOL, I would have fired him too. My husband is one of those people who can go to a restaurant and come back and create the dish he ate and yet he will not cook. That drives me crazy.
Sarah Bailey says
Haha at least he tried though, I always think it’s better they do than they don’t 🙂
Lois Alter Mark says
I would happily let my husband cook every meal since I am not a cook!
Oh men! Lol. At least he did try! That said my hubby would love these!
Oh men! Lol at least he did try though! That said, my husband would love these!
Aisha Kristine Chong says
Well we all do learn from experience, do we.. HAHA!
amanda mcmahon says
I hope he earns it back so that you can have some help! It still looks yummy here though!
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
That’s so funny LOL Hey, at least he tried! The only thing my husband will do in the kitchen is eat. Seriously. No dishes, no meal prep or creation, no nothing. He will do anything I ask in the rest of the house, but he decrees the kitchen as MY area LOL
This was so funny! But that recipe looks so amazing!
My husband will make meatloaf or lasagna, two dishes he loves and says I can’t make as good, hahaha but for everything else, he doesn’t come near the kitchen. He doesn’t like cooking unless it’s once in a blue moon.
Well at least someone enjoyed it, right? Sorry it didn’t work out for you 🙁
Amanda Love says
Hubby is a lot better than me when it comes to the kitchen so I totally let him take over. 🙂
My hubby’s cooking skills are mac n cheese. But luckily he will eat anything no matter how bad because I hate wasting food too!
Melissa Smith says
I usually limit my chickpea intake to hummus, but that looks pretty good. And I know my hubs would stay out of the kitchen. He knows better. Not to mention absolutely nothing about cooking.
Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM says
I love chickpeas (especially as hummus). My husband is the same way – I think it is an epidemic lol but they do try 🙂
Denise Gabbard says
My rule is “stay out of here when I am cooking, unless you want to take over”. That is usually pretty effective at shooing the know-it-all away.
Haha too funny. we have a no boys allowed rule. Unless of course your the son then he can cook anytime.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This looks delicious. I have been trying chickpea recipes and this one looks really good. I can not wait to try it.
Fariha @canadianmomeh says
I’ve never tried bulgar before but my family loves quinoa. I would definitely try to make this recipe using quinoa.