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Mark our words: bulgur is the new quinoa. Over the last few years, quinoa has shot to popularity due to its numerous health benefits, but we think it’s time to make way for another superfood: bulgur. Bulgur is a whole grain made from several different types of cracked wheat. Compared with white rice, bulgur has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index and higher levels of several vitamins and minerals. It also has half the amount of calories in quinoa. Basically, the stuff is magical.

While your consumption of bulgur may be limited to tabbouleh, in Turkey, it is common to see bulgur served instead of rice, or stuffed into various veggies. Another common way of eating bulgur is in the form of meat(less) meatballs known as mercimek koftesi. Don’t roll your eyes yet! These hearty bites rival any traditional meatball, but instead contain no saturated fat and are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed.