I have a confession to make, I didn`t technically make this, I conceptualized it, finished it, and seasoned it, but I did not make it. The husband did, under my direction, but he did. He came home to watch the March Madness and I went to the gym. When I got home from work, I took everything out and said cook this, chop all this and stick it in a big bowl. He looked a bit confused, but I think he was just trying to get out of the cooking. He did not succeed.
If you looked at my On Deck this week, you saw that I bought a bulgur wheat-quinoa blend. Since it was warm, I thought it would make for a nice salad with the red pepper, cucumber, and tomatoes I had on hand. It also leaves me with leftovers and I need something to bring to work for lunch tomorrow – this is it. It`s fast, easy, super healthy, and perfect for a warm day. It`s also vegan and can be made gluten-free if you skip the bulgur and go with all quinoa. This will go on rotation.
I used to shop at Todaro Brothers, an Italian small grocer/ Specialty foods shop as I lived in the neighborhood. While they had great selection of imported foods and nice produce and bread and stuff, their prepared foods were the bomb. Fresh and fairly inexpensive as far as that goes. They had an Italian tuna salad that I bought to bring to the US Open like 12 or 13 years ago, when Capriatti had that not-so-comeback and the Williams sisters still wore hair-beads and there were no sexy men, i.e. Federer in the game, so however long ago that was. I also thought, I can make this. I added rice to mine to make it more of a meal and made it to death when I was eating gluten free. This means I hadn’t added it beck into rotation forever until about 2 moths ago when there was the heat wave and I remembered that I used to make this. Luckily the husband had forgotten that I used to make this like every single day.
It’s fast, simple and is pretty much comprised all of just kitchen/pantry staples. It also makes a ton and can be eaten hot, warm, or room temperature. Perfect for a humid late summer night, and perfect to make post work and after-work workout.