Farro: Fiber & Protein-Packed side dish
A month or two ago, I went to a fancy steakhouse with my husband in NYC. We ordered duck, an incredible pasta starter, and we each got side dishes. Naturally, I wanted to order something filling and nutritious so I opted for farro with mixed toppings. Let’s just say I ended up wanting to order more for takeout. After such a great experience with this side dish, I decided to try to recreate that delicious moment at home - only making it healthier and simpler. Here is the end result - a real crowd pleaser with only a few ingredients! It makes the perfect side dish or salad topper.
Farro is one of my new favorite complex carbs. It is high in fiber, contains protein, and many vitamins including magnesium, iron, and B vitamins. It is pretty similar to quinoa, but has a nutty taste and is thicker (I love a good bite to my meals). It has been shown to positively affect the immune system, lower inflammation, help regulate blood sugar levels and even lower cholesterol.*
Pair this side with some roasted broccoli and chicken sausage to craft a full meal. You can also add it to salads or serve by itself.
Makes 3-4 servings
Sweet & Savory Farro
1 cup dry farro
1-2 scoops chicken bone broth
1 tbsp minced garlic⠀
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, salted & roasted
2 tbsp dried cranberries (craisins)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
Add 1 cup of rinsed farro to boiling water. Cover and reduce to medium heat.
Cook for 25 minutes or until water is evaporated.
Remove from heat and add chicken broth, olive oil, and salt. Mix well.
Stir in craisins and pepitas and serve.
Eat as a side dish or place it on top of a salad. Enjoy!
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