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Bulgar with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Za’atar [Vegan]




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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar, divided
  • 1 cup medium-grind bulgur, rinsed
  • 1 (15‑ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 5 ounces (5 cups) baby ­spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving


  1. Using highest sauté function, heat 2 tablespoons oil in Instant Pot until shimmering. Add onion and salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and 1 tablespoon za’atar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in bulgur, ­chickpeas, and water.
  2. Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 1 minute. Turn off Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.
  3. Gently fluff bulgur with fork. Lay clean dish towel over pot, replace lid, and let sit for 5 minutes. Add spinach, lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon za’atar, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lemon wedges.