So ‘freekeh’ is a little like quinoa. It’s a nutty grain with a slightly smoked flavour it’s an alternative to rice or couscous and easy to cook. I experimented with it, and it was pretty nice. You can make it pretty healthy to if you use a leaner mince or meat substitute, and fry it in low call oil spray. You’ll need to do this in large wok! Serves about 4 people + leftovers.

For the mince:

  • 500g mince seasoned with 2tsp all purpose and 1tsp paprika (use lean mince, turkey mince or meat substitute)
  • 1 onion and half red onion diced
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 spring onion diced
  • 1 leek sprig diced
  • 2 sweet peppers sliced (or mix of red, green & yellow)
  • 3 salad tomatoes sliced
  • Oil (use a low cal oil spray to cut calories)
  • 30g chilli con carne seasoning (use preferred packet mix or make your own)

For the freekeh:

Optional: To serve,  avocado (with salt, pepper and lime juice) and pitta bread.

Cooking the freekeh:

Pour your artisans grains into a pan and add enough water to cover. Stir in 1 tsp salt and 1tbsp olive oil. Bring it to the boil, then simmer for approx 15mins and drain any excess water.

Cooking the mince:

In your pan, fry the onion till golden brown. and add seasoned mince. Fry the mince and onions together and ensure mince is cooked through.

Add 1tsp black pepper and stir in. Then add spring onion and sweet peppers, mix it up. Stir in your chilli con carne seasoning well.


Finally, add 3 chopped salad tomatoes and stir in the freekeh!


I served mine like this. I scooped out the avocado, mixed it up with a pinch of salt and pepper and a few drops of lime juice and popped it back in the skins. And added two pitta breads. You could use wholemeal pitta bread to be healthier or ditch the bread completely – tastes good on its own! I portioned up the left-overs for lunch either with pittas or salad.

Sarah x

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