Bulgur, Spinach, and Toasted Walnut Pancakes

Bulgur, Spinach, and Toasted Walnut PancakesRecipe
Photo: Jan Smith
Serve with a tomato salad tossed with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, parsley, and mint.


4 servings (serving size: 2 pancakes and about 1/4 cup wilted spinach)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 338
Caloriesfromfat 36 %
Fat 13.7 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 4.1 g
Polyfat 6.5 g
Protein 14.6 g
Carbohydrate 45.2 g
Fiber 9.7 g
Cholesterol 106 mg
Iron 5.7 mg
Sodium 560 mg
Calcium 179 mg


2 cups boiling water
1 cup uncooked bulgur
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
Cooking spray
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chopped fresh, tightly packed spinach
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (about 1 1/5 ounces)
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
Orange rind strips (optional)


Combine water and bulgur in a bowl; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain well, and press excess liquid out of bulgur.

Heat walnuts in a large skillet over medium heat until walnuts are hot. Add soy sauce; cook 20 seconds or until liquid evaporates, stirring constantly. Remove from pan. Wipe pan with a paper towel.

Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until golden. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add 2 cups chopped spinach; cook 30 seconds. Add bulgur, walnuts, and salt; stir well.

Combine juice and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add bulgur mixture. Spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour to bulgur mixture; stir well. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Fold whites into bulgur mixture.

Heat oil in a nonstick griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup batter per pancake onto hot pan, spreading each to a 5-inch diameter. Cook 5 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook for 4 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Transfer to plate; keep warm.

Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Serve with pancakes. Garnish with rind strips, if desired.