Anyone else left with a couple handfuls of tomatoes from the summer and need something creative to do with them? Well this is the perfect solution.
Not only is Farro super healthy it’s also super adaptive to many different flavor profiles. Farro is an ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years. This whole grain is packed with nutrients, nutty flavor, and a chewy texture, which makes it perfect for risotto-style dishes, soups, stews, casseroles, and sautés. It's a great alternative to other popular grains, such as rice, quinoa, buckwheat and barley, among others. It's a much healthier alternative to white rice or other refined grains. By eating 100% whole grains like farro, you're helping reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive decline. For anyone who struggles with bloat, a serving of these mineral-rich grains will help de-puff your body since they counter-balance salt. In the process, they also give your immune system a boost by improving the integrity of the immune-protecting bacteria that already live within your GI tract. Win-win! (Spoiler alert: Farro is not Gluten Free, so please buy only Organic Farro and avoid if you’re Celiac)
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Organic Farro
1 tsp pink salt
1 lb of chopped organic tomatoes
1/4 sweet onion chopped fine
2 Tbsp chopped chives
2 Tbsp chopped parsley or basil
1 clove garlic chopped fine
1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
Fresh Ground pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Organic extra virgin olive oil
Combine farro and water in medium saucepan with 1 tsp salt and a drizzle of olive oil, cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce to med/low heat and simmer until tender 20-25 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add tomatoes, onion, chives, and parsley in with the farro. In another small bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil. Pour the dressing on top of the farro, mix well and serve.
This makes a great side dish or can be made into the star of the meal by adding sautéed spinach and mushrooms or sautéed shrimp.