Bulgur, Tofu & Every-Veggie-Under-The-Sun Pilaf

Okay, so maybe not ALL the veggies under the sun are in this pilaf, but let me tell you . . . there’s a LOT.  If you didn’t get your recommended daily servings of veggies, I highly suggest making this. It’s something that I concocted for dinner when my family was having tuna-noodle casserole. Their food smelled quite yummy, but mine smelled like Thanksgiving, thanks to Bell’s Seasoning (and some other delicious spices)! Yes, I was very content with my dinner. Oh yeah – it’s huge, too.

Bulgur, Tofu & Every-Veggie-Under-The-Sun Pilaf (500 calories) ~ Serves . . .?*

1 TBSP olive oil

1/2 TBSP minced garlic

1 1/2 TBSP onion, finely chopped

1 oz celery, chopped

¼ tsp of each of the following dried spices: basil, oregano, parsley, and Bell’s Seasoning (if you don’t have/don’t like one of these, it’s perfectly fine to omit)

1 oz carrot, sliced into thin disks

3 oz mushrooms, sliced and coarsely chopped

3 oz zucchini, sliced into disks

2 oz eggplant, cut into 1 inch long sticks (or cubed, or whatever)

150g tofu, crumbled

1 cup cooked bulgur wheat

85g kale (I used frozen)

Heat olive oil and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium-high, until garlic starts to sizzle just a bit. Add the celery, spices, carrot and mushrooms. Put the lid on, turn the temperature down to medium and allow the vegetables to get a little tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir once halfway through.

Add the zucchini and eggplant, put the lid back on, and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Add the tofu and the bulgur, stir, and (guess what I’m going to say) put the lid back on for about 2-3 minutes, just enough to let them heat up a bit.

Now add the kale and cook just until it’s heated.

Serve it up and enjoy!

*This can serve 1 very hungry person (such as myself), 2 people of average hunger, or it can work as a side dish for many people. I personally like the first option. This is the absolute-perfect one-pot-meal, so it really doesn’t need any accompaniment. So healthy, so good.


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