This has become one of my favorite quick and easy dinners the past few months and it is perfect for summer.
I love this meal because it requires almost no prep time and it is so filling while still being a pretty darn healthy meal. I find this recipe makes enough for two to three meals- so I can pack it up in a jar and it is ready to grab for lunch the next day.
If you have not had Farro it is a grain that is very popular in Italy and is just starting to gain momentum in the States. It has a light flavor with just a tiny bit of nuttiness- sort of like brown rice. Farro reminds me of making risotto except it is so much faster and easier. It isn’t as creamy but like Risotto you can add so many different kinds of ingredients to Farro and it is delicious.
It has tons of fiber in it (more then Quinoa) and lots of protein- so very filling and gives you energy for the rest of your day.
You cook farro similar to rice- just bring water to a boil and then simmer the Farro covered for about 30 minutes. Then you can add in any ingredients you like- fresh tomatoes, assorted vegetables, pomegranate, mushroom, kale, turkey, chicken….
The nice thing about Farro is that it compliments citrus really well and you can also make something similar to rice pudding or an oatmeal. So super versitile.
This is my favorite way to make it and it just literally takes a few seconds of prep and then just simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes.
- Feta Cheese (optional)
- Sun Dried Tomatoes in oil
- Artichoke Hearts chopped
- Cook 1 cup Farro according to package directions. Typically you will bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup Farro, cover the pot and let it simmer for 25-30 min until the water dissolves.
- Remove from heat and drain off any small amounts of excess water.
- Roughly chop about ½ cup of artichoke hearts.
- Mix artichoke and Farro in a bowl and add about ½ cup sun dried tomatoes. You want to include the olive oil marinade from your jar to give extra flavor to the Farro.
- Sprinkle with a light dusting of Feta Cheese and Enjoy!
You should be able to find Farro at many grocery stores with the Quinoa and such. I buy a 3lb Di Amante Organic Farro for about $6 at my Costco. That is a huge bag and lasts for ages.
For the sun dried tomato and artichokes it is really to taste how much you add. The oils from the tomatoes will give your farro most of the flavor so you don’t want to drain that off. If you are really watching calories, you want to go easy on the oil because it is roughly 45 calories per 2 teaspoons of tomatoes in oil.
Oh and if you are not a feta person (sorry we can’t be friends anymore… wait I take that back- more for me!)- you might add a little shaved parmesan cheese to the top instead.
Also as for my kiddos- they will have absolutely nothing to do with this dish. They will however, very happily eat plain Farro as a side dish and because I am a very mean Mom I also add peas, corn or chopped tomatoes. Really couldn’t be easier!
If you decide to try this let me know how you like it!
And if you are in the mood for Mexican, check out this easy homemade salsa recipe!