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April 23, 2009

You wouldn’t consider that delicious meal pictured above to be man-food, would you?

Beautiful bounty of colors. Lack of copious amounts of meat and cheese.  Filed under “healthy.”  Nope, not very manly, eh?  I beg to differ.

Although when you think of real manly food you generally think of ambiguous cuts of beef covered with cream of mystery soup served along side starch #1 and starch #2, I don’t really think that dish is true man food. This is because, while most men would love that meal, most men probably could not cook that meal for themselves.  Thus, it remains a woman food.

This meal, my friends, is true man food. No cooking.  Just chopping and stirring.  Can’t really screw it up.  Uses leftovers out of the fridge (because men don’t efficiently plan for complete produce use, right?).  Failure not an option.  Leftovers delicious.  Yep.  Pretty darn manly, if I do say so myself.

Bachelor Pad Tabbouleh

1 cup bulgur
2 cups water
1/2 cup chick peas
3 scallions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1 T almonds, for garnish
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
olive oil
cucumber slices for garnish

Cook bulgur by bringing water to a boil and adding grains.  Boil 10 minutes, cover and remove from heat.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork.  In a large bowl, add all vegetables/beans/nuts.  Mix lemon juice with salt and pepper and pour over to soak veggies.  Add cooked and cooled bulgur (draining excess water off).  Toss.  Garnish with 1 T almonds, olive oil, and cucumber slices.  Serve warm, room temp, or cold.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Even better the next day.

To increase manliness: Substiute 1 cup couscous + 1 cup boiling water (bring water to a boil, pour over cous cous, cover tightly, let sit 5 minutes).  I chose bulgur because it’s a whole grain (more nutritious than the cous cous cousin) and the Omnivore actually thinks bulgure = cous cous.  But yeah, cous cous is much more manly since it requires no cooking at all.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. joelen permalink
    April 23, 2009 8:47 am

    The colors are awesome – great job and I love how healthy it is too!

  2. April 23, 2009 9:46 am

    So pretty! Love all the colors.

  3. April 23, 2009 10:45 am

    I think it’s too pretty for man food!

  4. The 'Vore permalink
    April 25, 2009 3:00 pm

    I LOVE this meal. I could eat it every single day for lunch.


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