I’m pretty sure you are wondering how ancient grains and stir fry could be words in the same phrase. Believe me, ancient grains stir fry is one of those dishes you want to have on a cozy day or this Buttery Noodles with Soy Protein and Kale. This vegetable stir-fry recipe is flavorful and combines several different lovely textures into a blissful plate. When recreating vegetarian stir fry recipes, it is important to bring out the hearty flavor of each ingredient. Ancient grains’ benefits are quite numerous and they soak up flavor from pepper and veggies. Freekeh recipes and Kamut recipes are quite fun to prepare. Although the dish is hefty and fresh, resulting food makes one feel light
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What are ancient grains?
Let’s give some chunk to ancient grains definition so you can better understand what we mean by this term. The grain family is vast and diverse, however, a group of grains has remained almost unchanged over centuries. Some of the most common ancient grains are millet, Kamut, Freekeh, Farro, Barley, Teff, Quinoa, Sorghum, Bulgur, Rye, and Fonio. Over the years, pseudo-synthesis and genetic modification of grains have led to increased grain yield. To be clear, Humble Vege does not condone GMO foods even though experts claim they have good aims. So, one might ask why wheat doesn’t qualify in the ancient grains category. That is because wheat has been modified over the years to match the constantly changing atmospheric conditions.
Kamut and freekeh Origins
It’s not every day you come across someone preparing a vegetable stir-fry recipe made from whole ancient grains. Kamut and freekeh grains have been around for quite some time. These have been part of African food recipes because they are full of nutrients. Kamut, also known as Khorasan wheat originated from Egypt and the area bordering Tigris valley. Freekeh’s origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Freekeh is made from burnt or roasted green wheat heads.
Nutritional benefits of ancient grains
Over the years, ancient grains have been incorporated into vegetable stir fry recipes, stews, and in bread recipes. Humble Vege provide the best freekeh recipes and Kamut recipes which we create to help you enjoy your savory dishes. Health and nutritional benefits from these grains are impeccable. Most people have become conscious of foods they eat. Healthier eating habits help individuals manage food-related conditions hence a lot of people have adopted these grains as part of their diet. Let’s discuss their taste and how we can incorporate them into dishes.
Kamut( khorasan wheat)
According to health professionals, Khorasan wheat is not gluten-free hence people with Celiac disease should not consume it. Kamut has a high fiber content as well as vitamin B3 and zinc. These minerals are essential for the nervous system and digestive system development. Health professionals say Khorasan wheat helps curb risks of heart diseases and regulate blood sugar levels. Kamut is also rich in antioxidants which they claim prevent internal inflammation. The nutty and chewy texture of Kamut makes it suitable for stir-fry and stew dishes and you can spice it up with a berbere spice blend.
Did you know Freekeh is high in protein?
Ancient grains like Freekeh made from durum green wheat, are a good source of protein. It is popular in Northern Africa where it is an essential ingredient in stews, vegetable soups, and casserole dishes. Freekeh has a high fiber content as well as iron. It also contains a good percentage of carotenoids which doctors say prevent eye disorders and muscular degeneration. Freekeh recipes have evolved over the years as more ideas surfaced to make the dishes more fun.
Is it safe to say you want to consume more Kamut and freekeh as part of your meals each day? Ancient grains benefits to our bodies are numerous hence take a look at our Kamut recipe which is quite flavorful and loaded with protein and refreshing ingredients. Have you eaten any ancient grains before? What do you think? Comment below.
- 4 TBSP Grapeseed Oil (NO LONGER USE THIS TYPE OF OIL)
- Half yellow Onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 Bell Peppers
- 1.5 tsp Basil
- half tsp Salt
- 4 Cups Cooked Ancient Grains (Farik & Kamut) OR use 1.5 instant Rice & follow the water content on the packaging
- 1 cup Vege Broth OR use 2 vege cubes in 1 cup water
- Parsley ((optional)
- Pepper Flakes (optional)
- Add 1 Tablespoon sunflower seed oil or avocado oil to your pan on medium heat.
- Add plant protein sausage(soy sausage) to the pan and shallow fat fry on medium heat. Plant protein sausage adds the protein component to this vegetable stir fry.
- When the plant protein sausage turns to a golden brown color, take it out of the pan.
- Add 3 tablespoons of oil to the leftover oil in the pan.
- Add your diced onion and garlic to the pan. Add diced can tomatoes to the pan of onions and garlic(extra step- strain your tomatoes before adding them to the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
- Add the freshly sliced bell pepper 1 and a half tablespoon of basil to the pan simultaneously.
- Remember that soy sausage( plant protein sausage)? Chop it up and add it to the stir-fry mix
- Mix and stir all the ingredients in the pan. Add half a teaspoon of salt for seasoning.
- Let’s get to the fun part. Add 4 cups of cooked ancient grains and 1 cup of veggie broth to the pan.
- Stir and mix well to allow the ancient grains to mix with the pepper and tomatoes.
- Add some fresh green onions and some pepper flakes to elevate the dish.
- Close the pan with a lid and allow the dish to simmer on medium heat for 10 mins. Ancient grains soak up the flavors from the stir-fry however you don’t want the stir-fry to overcook as the dish will lose the different textures.
- Serve whilst warm and sprinkle chopped fresh parsley or cilantro as garnish. Enjoy.
Plant protein sausage complements Kamut recipes since Kamut has trace elements of protein. However, you could omit the plant protein sausage when preparing a freekeh recipe because freekeh is rich in protein.