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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My New Favorite Recipe!

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 could use it on a sandwich or anything that you wanted!

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Recipe adapted from


  • 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


  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).


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:)


At June 1, 2011 at 5:18 PM , Blogger Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. said...

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!

At June 1, 2011 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Keelie Sheridan said...

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!

And I'm a medium girl myself! :)

At June 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM , Blogger stoppingfordaisies said...

Mmmm everything looks so good!

At June 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Blogger B said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Neon Blonde Runner said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM , Anonymous Alyssa @ Life of bLyss said...

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..

At June 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM , Blogger Mary Nevin said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 6:13 PM , Blogger CaitlinR said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Missy said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM , Blogger EBURNS said...

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 get the idea.

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

At June 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Sally said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM , Anonymous Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet said...

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!

At June 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Anonymous Chelsea said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 6:55 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Anonymous Dorry said...

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. :)

At June 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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?

At June 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Caitlin said...

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. :/

At June 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Lindsey@arunningtale said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Julia said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Anonymous Kelly @foodiefresh said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM , Anonymous Lindie said...

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!!

At June 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM , Blogger Pam said...

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 :)

At June 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM , Blogger Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

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!

At June 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Daniella @ Runner at Heart said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM , Blogger Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries said...

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!

At June 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Running Ricig said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 8:34 PM , Blogger Tracy Simmons said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 8:34 PM , Anonymous Shannon@ Hungry Gazelle said...

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?

At June 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM , Anonymous Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn said...

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

At June 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!

At June 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Elle said...

The hotter the better!

At June 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM , Anonymous Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM , Anonymous Alaina said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM , Blogger Alisa said...

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.

At June 1, 2011 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food said...

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! :)

At June 1, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife said...

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

At June 2, 2011 at 1:12 AM , Blogger Maria said...

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

At June 2, 2011 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Cyndi @ Weightless Life said...

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.

At June 2, 2011 at 6:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

At June 2, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Char said...

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!

At June 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM , Blogger Emily @ Sweating Sugar said...

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

At June 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Pixie said...

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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