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Freekehlicious Foods & A Mystery Revealed @ WIAW!


Yall made some good good guesses as to what the Mystery Ingredient could be!

So good that yall had me wishing I HAD added what yall guessed…like Greek yogurt, or avocados, or applesauce,  or even carrots…but…alas…none of them were what I actually added this time.

As for what I actually added…I must give a shout out and a BIG VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE to Kim @ Day with KT for guessing the mystery ingredient – if you look REAL CLOSE – you can see some of the not-quite-fully-blended pieces…


…of black beans! I have had them in brownies and I figured why not in pancakes 🙂

Thank You all for playing along – I need to host A-taste-test-mystery-ingredient-party at my place next time!

I have had the hardest time making Freekeh pancakes; before I used ground up freekeh flour (made from grinding Whole grain freekeh supplied by the good folks at Freekehlicious), I tried using cooked freekeh, and cooked and overnight soaked and blended freekeh with no luck. However, blending the freekeh flour with black beans resulted in some wonderfully textured pancakes!

Today I am also linking up with Jenn @ Peas and Crayons to feast on a smorgasbord of delectable eats, and share some of my own memorable ones, because today is WIAW!

I was hoping to save some chocolate/black bean pancakes for breakfast from the other day, but I have a soccer playing teen in the house – so breakfast was a gluten free chocolate chip muffin (recipe to come)…


Most of my coworkers poked fun of me for simultaneously snacking on peanuts and carrots – to me, they were the perfect, portable, not-too-messy, sweet and salty snack – unfortunately I don’t have a picture.

Lunch was chicken sausage hash and scrambled eggs…

Fried Freekeh

And dinner was this Fried Freekeh made with cracked freekeh from Freekehlicious


And dessert was more chocolate…with hazelnut meal…and peanut butter…:)

Happy Wednesday Yall!

Would love to know what is probably the weirdest combination of sweet and salty foods you have snacked on simultaneously?

Fried Freekeh

Fried Freekeh


  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2 handfuls frozen spinach
  • 2 cups cooked freekeh
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • salt and pepper and parsley to taste
  • Extra fresh spinach to serve on and chia seeds or nuts to garnish


  1. Saute onion, ginger and garlic in a pan coated with olive oil, over low-medium heat for 7-10 minutes
  2. Add in carrots, frozen spinach, cooked freekeh, egg and spices and saute another 7 minutes
  3. Serve, garnished with chia and/or nuts, over a bed of fresh spinach

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Monday 19th of May 2014

You should definitely host a taste a mystery ingredient party on your blog - it would be a hit! I would never have guessed black beans - love how you come up with all these creative dishes :)


Monday 19th of May 2014

Awww-shucks - am blushing- thanks for all your support and always kind compliments, Kelly!

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Sunday 18th of May 2014

I never would have guessed black beans either. I so have to try these pancakes!


Monday 19th of May 2014

Thanks so much Christin!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Sunday 18th of May 2014

I need some freekeh in my life! This pancakes sounds freekeh-liciously strange but good. LOL!


Monday 19th of May 2014

Thanks Laura - yes, I highly recommend getting your freekeh on! P.S. I mistook Shailene Woodley for you at Whole Foods in Buckhead this past weekend!


Sunday 18th of May 2014

Wow Shashi, I love how creative you are with food. Combining healthy ingredients and making it taste good is an art. Amazing!!


Saturday 17th of May 2014

ahh bean!!! yes, i love the mystery! so good too! wonder if red beans would work?