Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Farro Salad - For Ancient Roman Strength

I have been on a healthy grain kick.  A couple of years ago, I was duped by stupid diet talk about the benefits of eliminating carbs.  With the amount I exercise, it is no wonder I would get light-headed and grumpy most afternoons.  I am now not only adding rice and pasta back into my lunches and dinners, but I am exploring other weird and trendy carbs.  I’ve definitely hopped on the quinoa bandwagon, I made lentils last week with dinner and made lentil tacos for lunch with the leftovers, and now I have graduated to…

Farro!  A staple of the ancient Roman diet - maybe it will help me gain gladiator-like strength?

I bought the 10-minute farro at Trader Joe’s and will definitely be adding it to my cart more often.  It tastes slightly nutty and makes for a really great addition to salads since it is slightly crunchier than rice or quinoa. There are a lot of soup recipes with farro, and you can even prepare it like risotto.

The benefits of farro:
Farro is a complex carbohydrate that stimulates the immune system, regulates blood sugar and helps lower cholesterol.  It is not a complete source of protein like quinoa but it has more protein than brown rice and also has more antioxidants. It takes a while to digest so it keeps you feeling fuller longer and provides sustained energy (goodbye afternoon slumps!) Farro is also thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Source: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/227838385/farro-an-ancient-if-complicated-grain-worth-figuring-out

Try it in this delicious salad recipe – boyfriend approved!

Cook farro according the package directions.
When it is finished, season it with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and any other seasonings you like, I used garlic salt and black pepper.
Sauté 1 cup of sliced mushrooms and a sliced red onion.
Season with garlic powder and salt.
Dice up tomatoes and avocado.
Toss everything together with your favorite salad dressing (I used Trader Joe’s parmesan ranch).

Both refreshing and filling.  Add sliced chicken breast for an even heartier dinner portion.

Do you have a favorite weird or suddenly-trendy grain?

Have you ever tried cutting back on carbs?

1 comment:

  1. I have never tried it....I will give it a go....you should do youtube vids to show how you make things :)