How to Make Overnight Bulgur Breakfast Bowl | Cooking Light
How to Make Overnight Bulgur Bowls
Overnight bulgur bowls are nutritious and delectable meals that are great for a breakfast on the go. You can prepare them the night before by soaking bulgur wheat in the milk of your choice. By the next morning, the soaked bulgur is ready to be enjoyed! You can simply add in sugar or honey, or even additional ingredients like sliced fruit, peanut butter, yogurt, or cinnamon and other spices. Overnight bulgur bowls are filling and nutritious, and can easily be modified to incorporate your favorite fruits and toppings for a great morning treat!
Basic Overnight Bulgur Bowl
1 cup (236.5 ml) uncooked bulgur
1 ½ cups (354.8 ml) milk
sweetener of your choice (optional)
Making a Basic Overnight Bulgur Bowl
Combine the bulgur and milk.To prepare the base of an overnight bulgur bowl, combine 1 cup (236.5 ml) uncooked bulgur and 1 ½ cups (354.8 ml) of the milk of your choice in a bowl the night before you want to eat your bulgur bowl. Stir to mix the bulgur into the milk.
- Bulgur is a whole grain that you can find in most major grocery stores and health food stores.
Store the bulgur bowl in the fridge overnight.After you have combined the bulgur and milk, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Soaking the bulgur in the milk overnight allows the bulgur to soften so that it is the right texture when you are ready to eat it the next morning.
Fluff the grains in the morning.After refrigerating your bulgur bowl overnight, take the bulgur bowl out of the fridge. Use a fork to fluff up the grains, which may be stuck together in a flat layer after soaking.
- The bulgur should have absorbed most of the milk by this time, making the grains plump, soft and ready to be eaten!
Add the sweetener of your choice.Because your bulgur bowl contains only milk and grains, you may wish to add something to sweeten it up! Stir in honey, brown sugar, agave, or another sweetener of your choice until the bulgur bowl is sweet enough for you! You also may choose to mix in other ingredients to give your bulgur bowl added texture and flavor!
Adding Fruit and Sweet Ingredients
Add berries, nuts and honey to your bulgur bowl.Fresh berries taste especially good against the hearty taste of bulgur wheat. For a nutritious and sweet addition to your bowl, add in a few tablespoons (about 44.37 ml) of Greek yogurt, a handful of your favorite berries, sliced toasted almonds, and your desired amount of honey.
- Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and chopped strawberries are great options for your bowl.
Make a spiced bulgur bowl.Adding brown sugar and ground cinnamon is a great option if you are craving a sweet, slightly spiced breakfast similar to spiced oatmeal. Once you have made your basic bulgur bowl, add in ½ teaspoon (2.46 ml) of ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Mix the sugar and spices in with the bulgur and enjoy!
- You can also add in pinches of ground nutmeg, cardamom or star anise to enhance the spice.
Add in coconut and chocolate.If you want an especially sweet bulgur bowl for breakfast or dessert, add in shredded coconut and chocolate chips. After soaking the bulgur overnight, add in ¼ cup (59.15 ml) of plain yogurt and a handful each of flaked, sweetened shredded coconut and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Make and add fruit compote to your bulgur bowl.Fruit compote is a syrupy spread of fruit and sugar that is a delicious addition to a bulgur bowl. To create fruit compote, add a pint of berries to a saucepan over medium heat, along with 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of water and 1 teaspoon (4.93 ml) of sugar or honey. Cook while stirring for 5-7 minutes, until the berries break down and the sauce becomes slightly thick. Then pour the compote over your bulgur bowl, along with any other toppings you wish!
- Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are great options for fruit compote.
- Since fruit compote takes some time to prepare, you may wish to make it the day before and reheat it in the morning if you want a quick breakfast.
Making Savory Bulgar Bowls
Top your bulgur bowl with avocado and feta.If you don’t have a big sweet tooth, make a savory bulgar bowl for breakfast or lunch. For a savory and hearty treat, add in ½ of a sliced avocado, along with 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of feta cheese, 2 chopped sundried tomatoes, 2 teaspoons (9.86 ml) of olive oil and a pinch of black pepper.
Make a Mediterranean-style bulgur bowl.For a Mediterranean twist, add 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of pitted chopped dates, 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of golden raisins, ¼ cup (59.15 ml) of chopped pistachios, 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of roasted, salted sunflower seeds, a squeeze of lemon juice and ¼ cup (59.15 ml) of cottage cheese.
Add cooked chicken, kale, pear and cheese to your bulgur bowl.For an extra hearty bulgur bowl that is great for lunch, first make a mixture of 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) of olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons (22.1 ml) of fresh lemon juice, ¾ teaspoon (3.7 ml) of Dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine the ingredients of the mixture, then add in 4 cups (946.36 ml) of thinly sliced kale, 1 cup (246.59 ml) of shredded chicken breast, ½ cup (118.3 ml) of chopped pear, and ⅓ cup (78.8 ml) of shredded Manchego cheese to the mixing bowl.
- Toss the ingredients in the mixture, then add in the soaked bulgar. Stir add the ingredients together, then serve and enjoy!
Video: Overnight Bulgur Bowls
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