I don’t know about you, but Monday mornings always feel so rushed. Not exactly how I want to get my week started. Instead, I’d really love to start Monday morning with a little breakfast date coffee talk with you. What do you say?
Let’s do it! Grab your favorite mug, get some coffee, or tea. Or, juice or a smoothie. You pick. And, don’t mind me while I nibble on my Freekeh Breakfast Bowl while we chat.
Here’s what’s been going on in my world lately. A million Mondays ago, ok, maybe it was more like two months ago, I was part of a segment on the Dr. Oz Show about freekeh. Dr. Oz talked health benefits and why we need to include this hearty grain into our diets, and I talked Freekeh Breakfast Bowls (think steel cut oats, but waaaay better. We’ll get to that in a minute, though). The episode was taped back in November and it’s finally airing TODAY!
I thought I’d be ridiculously nervous in front of the camera, but somehow I wasn’t. I also managed to forget about everyone sitting across the room in the audience. Maybe because I was talking about food, a food I really love. Maybe it was because I was talking breakfast which is my favorite meal of the day. It was also kind of comforting that the show wasn’t airing live, so if I rambly or blabbery, or tripped over my words, the editing team could work their magic and no one would ever know (thankfully that didn’t happen though!).
If you’re into steel cut oats, you’re going to be really into this Freekeh Breakfast Bowl!
Freekeh is sort of a “new” ancient grain. It’s been around of thousands of years, but most of us in the U.S. are just starting to use it. It has an earthy, nutty taste, and a chewy texture that’s similar to wheat berries or barley. As for the nutritional benefits, freekeh definitely falls in the superfood category. It’s loaded with fiber, protein and calcium.
This hearty breakfast bowl combines water, milk (I like to use skim, but you can use almond milk or coconut milk to keep it vegan), maple syrup, cinnamon, dried cherries and pistachios. Similar to steel cut oats, freekeh takes about 30 minutes to prepare, so I find it easiest to prepare at night and reheat in the morning.