Meals in Minutes — Leftover Grilled Veggie & Bulgur Wheat Lunch

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During the hottest part of summer, I find solace in things like cold showers, air conditioned coffee shops, and popsicles.  I barely feel like eating, let alone cooking, but since popsicles really don’t really qualify as a meal I make good use out of leftovers that can be eaten cold.

In my fridge had a few leftover grilled veggies along with some bulgur wheat and Akkawi cheese, so I threw them all together in what turned out to be a fantastic lunch.  If you’re not familiar with Akkawi, it is a white, mild-flavored cheese originally from Palestine that can be found at Middle Eastern markets.  It has a slightly salty flavor with a creamy mouth feel, and it crumbles nicely; to me, it’s sort-of like a cross between feta and ricotta salata.  You can use any cheese you like though.

Leftover Grilled Veggie & Bulgur Wheat Lunch

Serves 1

Any mix of veggies you have, chopped into bite-sized pieces (I used grilled zucchini, yellow summer squash, and roasted red bell peppers)

1 serving grain/pasta (I used bulgur wheat, but brown rice, quinoa, barley, couscous, or anything else would work)

1/2 oz crumbled or cubed cheese (I used Akkawi, but feta, queso fresco, ricotta salata, blue, or anything else would work)

A small handful of fresh green herbs, chopped (I used a combo of chives and mint)

A small handful of toasted seeds/nuts (I used sunflower seeds)

Olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

Toss together all ingredients and serve immediately.

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  1. says

    Mmm, what a great way to use up leftover veggies that doesn’t require turning anything on! During these hot days, that definitely sounds good :)

    As someone who loved cheese, I must look for Akkawi – it sounds delicious! Have a great week, Faith!

    P.S. I love the new look of your blog!

  2. says

    That looks really interesting…and that too with leftovers! I loved the way how you prepared it. The instructions are stepwise and easy. The dish is truly tempting!!

  3. says

    Yum! I’m all about cold salads in the summer. Ive never heard of Akkawi before, but your description makes it sound amazing. i will be keeping an eye out for it!

  4. says

    I’m in a cooking funk this summer…maybe it’s due to the heat! I need to give up and just get by this summer. Or find really simple recipes, like this!

  5. says

    wait…popsicles don’t count as a meal?!?!? Says who?

    Does that mean ice cream doesn’t count either? Oy.

    I love the sound of this dish and I wish I had all these leftovers in my fridge!

    • admin says

      Joanne, Lol, says my mom. :( I really wish she hadn’t drilled that into my head as a kid, lol! Hope you’re having a great week, sweetie!

  6. says

    This would make a perfect meal for me too. It’s even too hot to want to go to the store for food! How lucky you are to have such a wonderful cheese to use for this.

  7. says

    Mmm, I love cold foods in summer too. :-) Last night I made a dinner of salads and loved it. Your leftovers one sounds fantastic, Faith! :-)

  8. says

    I keep meaning to try bulgur wheat but never get round to it. This looks like a perfect quick weekday lunch – far superior to a sandwich!

  9. says

    This is totally my kind of lunch. I am going to have to make this! I love all the grains and nutrition packed in one dish. Beautiful photos too, as always.

  10. says

    i love the texture and toothsomeness (new word?) of bulgur, so this’d be a lunch i’d really enjoy. stellar use of those leftovers, faith!

  11. says

    Love that you turned those leftover grilled veggies into a totally different, creative, and delicious dish. The presentation alone would have me digging into this and finishing it in no time flat. Best of all, it’s healthy too. I’ve never heard of Akkawi before. Thank you for introducing it to.

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