My New Favorite Recipe!

June 1, 2011

If you remember from THIS POST, my sis and I went to Costco and tried Taboule.  We became obsessed quickly.  My bank account didn’t like my obsession and so I was determined to make it on my own.

I think I may have a problem because this recipe yields close to 10 cups and I made my second batch in three days today.

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I don’t know why I have a guilty look on my face.  Oh yeah, a few minutes earlier Billy caught me using my finger to dig out the goods from his jar of pb.

This would be the final product. It is heavenly.  Next batch I will put in a cup and just drink the dang stuff.  I use it for salads, when I need a spoonful of happiness, chips obviously, dip veggies into it….you could use it on a sandwich or anything that you wanted!

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Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. Place cracked wheat in bowl and cover with 2 cups boiling water. Soak for 30 minutes; drain and squeeze out excess water.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Toss and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Toss again prior to serving.

I may have gone a little crazy with the food processor and the beautiful tomatoes at the store (these are just my excuse for not having friends and staying home all day) and made some homemade salsa using MEGAN’S RECIPE!!!!

I made tuna wraps and they were heavenly. Everything tastes better with homemade salsa.

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Yeah so my nice camera is in the shop getting fixed (I guess it isn’t a good idea to take a DSLR into a sand storm) and so you are going to have to deal with my point and shoot that I have no idea how to use.   Learn from my mistakes and treat nice things like they are nice (the camera store guy gave me a 20 minute lecture and I have learned my lesson).

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Do you like to recreate store-made/restaurant recipes? What is a recent recipe that you have made and LOVED?

Do you go through baking/caking kicks?

-Now that I don’t have school I just want to cook all day.  Anyone hiring a personal chef?

Hot, medium or mild salsa?

-I like mine hot but Billy says what I call hot is just medium so I guess MEDIUM:)

Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. June 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Look at you cheffin' it up! Thanks for sharing the recipe…the mint caught my eye..LOVE fresh mint!

I've been baking (aka microwaving) protein muffins like it's my JOB. Laziness meets deliciousness – yes please!

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Keelie Sheridan June 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

OMG Taboule is the best summer foooood! :)

I've been baking like a crazy person- I made navy-bean banana chocolate chip cookies today! Recipe on my blog! http://www.sweatequalssuccess.blogspot.com

And I'm a medium girl myself! :)

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thequirkykitchen June 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

oooh I'll have to try this recipe :-)

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stoppingfordaisies June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Mmmm everything looks so good!

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B June 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I love salsa! I just blogged about an incredible recipe I love. It makes a ton and I definitely made two batches last week.

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Neon Blonde Runner June 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love HOT HOT salsa, the hotter the better :)

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Running for the Kitchen June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Yum, I love taboul, especially on salads. I love redoing restaurant recipes. My most recent one was Olive Garden's Venetian Apricot Chicken. It's my favorite thing there and it came out super good!

I LOVE salsa. The hotter the better in my book

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss June 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

gaaahhh, I want a summer vacay SO BADLY!

I alllways get cravings for cooking. but those cravings for cooking are really just cravings for raw dough.

I meeeaaann..

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Mary Nevin June 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

tabouli is the bestest!! can't wait to try this out!! :)
also can i just say that your post yesterday inspired me to get my lazy self out there and run despite the sauna like temperatures of georgia.

in short, thank you for making me see the gifts I have in front of me. You are awesome

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CaitlinR June 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I can't wait to try your recipe, I love taboule but it is hard to find!

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Missy June 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Taboulli is awesome, carbs and fats and a bit of veg all in one convenient condiment (and yes, I eat it with a spoon, too.)
You should try making it with quinoa. YUMM.

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EBURNS June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I totally go through cooking and baking kicks. Usually at the start of each new season because I get excited to make recipes with seasonal fruits and veggies…..or soups in winter….you get the idea.

i am glad you are on a cooking kick, I look forward to your posts about your awesome eats.

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Sally June 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Janae!!!! So so so so happy to read about your run the other day!! what amazing news! And that your femurs are feeling up to more running in the near future. I'm seriously so excited for you and can see in your posts that you are ecstatic and so thankful to have running back in your life. Even if it's slow and sporadic at first, you'll be back to your running self soon enough. Except now you'll have an even bigger appreciation for it! I'm thinking of you!!! :) xoxo Sally

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Love tabouli! It's crack during the summer :)

Your point and shoot pictures are still great, but I'm sure you miss your DSLR. If I ever saved up enough and wanted to splurge on a DSLR, I don't think I'd ever let it leave my side, and would put it back in the bag as soon as I was done taking a picture…

I need my salsa HOT!

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michellerunsnyc June 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I totally go though baking kicks! It's a secret dream of mine to open a bakery someday! :)

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Chelsea June 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I so go through cooking kicks, mainly in the summer time when I am not teaching and have more down time. Recently, I have been on a kick of coming up with different protein muffins/pancakes to snack on.

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Lisa June 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

First off, Happy Running Day! I'm so happy to hear that you can run again! Reading your posts about running or wanting to run have been motivating me to get my bum out of bed in the morning and knock out a few miles. :)

Second, must…try…this…recipe. My mouth is watering. This taboule sounds so deliciously fresh; it's been insanely hot here in DC and cold foods are just what I need.

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Dorry June 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Yay! I love making things at home that I discovered at Whole Foods or restaurants. It's so much cheaper and you can add whatever you want to it. I love HOT salsa. Billy buys a jar of mild and a jar of hot and mixes them. He says it's better than medium. :)

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Christine June 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

What kind of camera do you have? I have just a plain point and shoot digital camera but the pictures never turn out very well and whenever it's in the hands of someone else taking the picture it turns out REALLY bad. I like the idea of a DSLR but they seem so bulky to carry around all the time. What kind do you have? Would you recommend it, or even recomend a DSLR over any other kind of camera?

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Caitlin June 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

yummy…probably one of my all time fav things to eat are tacos/burritos/wraps. i'm a total wimp though and don't like anything too spicy. :/

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Lindsey@arunningtale June 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I love trying to recreate restaurant meals at home! And, yes I go on baking and cooking kicks all the time. I like to do go all out some weekends and stock up the freezer for busier times.
I made Curry Almond Tilapia the other night – my own creation inspired by a few other recipes.
Medium salsa, but the hubby likes it hot so I always add extra garlic and jalapeños when I make salsa for him.

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Nicole June 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I saw Taboule at Costco yesterday. Picked it up, looked at it and put it back. I didn't know what it was. Gahhhhhhhh!!!

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runyogarepeat June 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

This looks so yummy & easy to make! I love hot salsa, and my taste buds have adapted to spicier things since dating my boyfriend who can handle the hottest stuff around.

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cleaneatingchelsey.com June 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I cook all day in the summer too! I can't WAIT!

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Julia June 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

HOT SALSA. Like EXTRA HOT. and I LOVE baking. and I LOVED seeing you today :) Can't wait till our bachelorette nights :)

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Kelly @foodiefresh June 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I got a lecture from the camera guy too when all of my buttons started sticking. I told him that was just one of the consequences of cooking and photographing at the same time. So I bought a bunch of stuff for damage control and hopefully I won't have to return again anytime soon.

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Lindie June 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

You are quite the chef, girl! I am so happy you posted this recipe, because I was at Costco yesterday and forgot to buy me some Taboule! I am for sure going to recreate it with this recipe! Thanks!
I LOVE salsa! I eat it pretty much everyday! I like mine Hot! My husband can't handle the kick, so we end up having medium!
I love love love to bake! I have some killer recipes that I will have to share with you! PS have you ever had homemade PB Ice Cream? You must try it! I have the BEST Recipe!! Have a great night!!

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Pam June 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I LOVE creating my own versions of stuff! I usually try to make it a little healthier, and my husband almost always likes my light version better than the original! Or at least he tells me he does :)

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Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner June 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I definitely go through phases where I want to cook/bake EVERYTHING! I love to recreate foods I love so that it's cheaper and I can eat it at home in my PJs!
The kind of salsa I like it kind of more like tomato soup….really really mild, I'm such a baby!
:)

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Daniella @ Runner at Heart June 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I love hot salsa so much I recreate a salsa recipe all the time purring in hot peppers.

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Gracie (Complicated Day) June 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Love some hot salsa! And to make it spicier I add chopped jalepenos!

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Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I LOVE coconut shrimp but it's fried and greasy so I can't eat it too often BUT I did make my own adaptation: coconut crusted tofu. It was dee-lish!

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myhighonlife June 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I loveee cooking. I want to try out that taboule STAT! I would love a fancy schmancy camera but my poor college kid status can only afford my point & shoot.

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Running Ricig June 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

medium salsa! LOVE it!

I don't think I've ever tried to recreate a recipe like that. I never would have even thought to.

It must be late, it just took me about three minutes to manage to type the above without any spelling mistakes.

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Tracy Simmons June 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I LOVE tabouleh! I make it every week. So delicious and simple :)

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Shannon@ Hungry Gazelle June 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thank you for the taboule recipe!!! I'm eating myself out of house and home!! And when are you coming to SoCal? Did you know we have Cafe Rio out here?

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I love you, and tuna. I probably eat more than is humanly healthy

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flanerenfrance June 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Usually when I get out of school I go on a baking kick and experiment with a bunch of different recipes because I haven't been able to for so long. Then I get burned out and stick to my go to quick meals. I love spicy salsa. I'll even add siracha sauce to make the salsa spicier!

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Elle June 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

The hotter the better!

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) June 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Just posted a recipe that I love on my blog! Fast, fresh, and yummy mango chicken tacos!

I'd have to go with the medium salsa.

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Alaina June 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I'm on a baking kick right now! Which is weird because it's so darn hot outside now. :-P

I like mild salsa; I'm a wimp.

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Alisa June 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I don't take my DSLR anywhere! I'm so paranoid that something will happen to it. I should have gotten the step down and saved money, plus then I might actually use it.

I love cooking so much I decided to make a career out of it!

I lived off tabouleh and hummus my freshman year of college. I hated everything else at the dinning hall.

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Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

ohh that tabouleh looks wonderful! so much lovely lemon juice and olive oil :)

I do go through baking and cooking kicks although when I'm really buys I get a little lazy. Thank goodness my husband is less busy right now so I he can take the reigns! :)

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Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

mmm that looks good! And yes, homemade salsa makes everything better :)

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Maria June 2, 2011 at 1:12 am

Mild salsa for me! I cannot take the spice!
That salad looks lovely though. I love to do loads of baking :)

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Cyndi @ Weightless Life June 2, 2011 at 6:12 am

I love remaking recipes from restaurants.

I am one of those bake when your stressed kind of people. Anytime I feel stressed I want to bake stuff. It also makes me want to eat it, but that's a whole other issue.

Hot salsa for me! The hotter the better. Salsa should make you sweat buckets.

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fitchocoholic June 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

I looove to cook!!!!!! Especially when I don't have any school to do! :D
Your recipe looks fantastic!

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Char June 2, 2011 at 7:04 am

I love my salsa hot, hot, hot!! Ok, we don't have a food processor right now and I'm going a little crazy…we looked at one yesterday and the hubby asked how bad I wanted one – silly hubby, if I've been talking about something for legit over a month, you guess how badly I want it. I have never made my own salsa, only guac, so I need to make salsa because it is fab and I could probably eat it everyday!

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Emily @ Sweating Sugar June 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

I am sooooooooooo making that later in the week!!!!

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Pixie June 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I do and actually we use that same recipe for taboule. I have to because like you most things I love cost way to much when prepared by someone else. I cook A LOT, at least two of our meals every day I prepare. Hot salsa always!

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maria @ Chasing the Now June 13, 2011 at 12:51 am

I can’t wait to try this. I’m going to sub quinoa instead of bulgur because I have a ton of it I Need to use up.

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