If you've never tried them, I suggest picking them up if you see them when you're out and about. They're really really good! They turn into these plump little pillows inside a slightly chewy shell. My family really liked this whole dish. My mom was amazed that I was presenting them with yet another foreign grain (quinoa was introduced with hesitation), but her and my brother both really liked it.
The recipe, is simple. However, I also completely stole it from Nava Atlas' Vegan Express, so I cannot share. Her recipe is for the Broccoli Salad, and I combined it with the wheat berry.
Wheat Berry and Broccoli Salad with Pine Nuts, Cranberries, and Yellow Bell Peppers
If you happen to have her book (which I continue to love, no matter how many books I buy), the recipe is on p. 182. In addition to the cranberries, pine nuts, peppers, and broccoli, there is also a really nice sesame ginger dressing that my ginger-phobe family loved...but then I also just told them it was sesame dressing and they were none the wiser. Oh, I added, tofu, totally forgot. So altogether:
1 recipe Broccoli Salad with Yellow Peppers, Pine Nuts, and Cranberries
1 cup wheat berry
1/2 block tofu (I used extra firm, but I almost always use extra firm)
S&P to taste
Makes 5 servings
Nutrition Information: 336.1 Calories; 13.4g Total Fat; 1.2g Saturated Fat; 0.0mg Cholesterol; 125.9mg Sodium; 46.7g Carbohydrates; 9.1g Fiber; 11.8g Protein.
I cooked the wheat berry on the stovetop, nothing special. It took about 1 h 45min...don't let that deter you!! Supposedly it doesn't take as long if you soak them first (I am not organized enough to plan this ahead), or if you use a pressure cooker (which I do not own). The tofu I just sprinkled with salt and pepper and sauteed in a pan...I do this a lot, its simple, its easy, my family likes it.
In fact, my brother wanted everyone to see just how much he liked it
Today's Cooking Song of the Day: Untitled - Question and Answer
*Never heard of them? It's my brother's band. No no, keep reading! They completed their first studio recording this past weekend, and the song is up on their myspace: Question and Answer. It should play when you open the page. Its very catchy, and is probably one of my favorites of their songs so far.