Bulgur is a super healthy and super easy grain to prepare. All it requires is a splash of hot water and some soaking time. You can find it in the bulk section of most supermarkets.
- In lieu of roasting the eggplant, I cube and saute it in the same spices as the recipe, which cuts down on the cooking time and makes for a cooler kitchen in the hot summer months.
- Instead of pricey pistachios, I toast slivered almonds.
- I dice up shallots to toss in, rather than red onion, as raw onion can tend to overwhelm any recipe.
- Preserved lemon peel can easily be subbed out for fresh lemon zest.