Lentil and Bulgur Pilaf With Green and Yellow Squash

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is typical of lenten dishes from Lebanon. Rich in fiber and nutrients, it makes for a wonderful one dish meal or a substantial side dish. The original comes from a 1997 issue of Eating Well magazine but has been modified to suit my tastes. If you replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, this is a vegan dish as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, mix together the broth, lentils, onion bay leaf, salt allspice and pepper and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Add bulgur and simmer and cook an adidtional 25 minutes until the lentils and bulgur are tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add zucchini and squash and cook 2 minutes. Add garlic and lemon zest and cook an additional 3 minutes until the squash are tender.
  5. Stir in parsley and cilantro. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Mix the squah into the bulgur and lentil pilaf.
  7. Serve hot with lemon wedges.
Most Helpful

This was really delicious! So healthy, so easy, sooooo good!!! Thank you so much for posting this delicious recipe. We were a little worried because it sounded so plain, but the flavors were absolutely divine! :)

Dominick & Amanda August 17, 2009

A simple, savory dinner, with elements that really harmonize. I've made it a few times and I'm still pleasantly surprised by the first bite!

3Beans October 21, 2008

This recipe had a surprisingly lovely taste! The spices blend well together. The first time I made it, my mother-in-law was over for lunch when we had guests, and she liked it so much that she requested it again a while later that I make it at her place! She's not so used to new recipes, so that said alot! I didn't have bulgur, so I used the mill attachment on my blender to coarsely grind barley. And I didn't have allspice, but I made my blend from the recipe in my standard cookbook. Nice dish! Thanks for posting it. A tasty and healthy way to serve squash and get some whole grains at the same time. =) P.S. I served it with homemade tahini and raw veggies to balance out the meal.

dejan's jules October 25, 2007