Super Farro

Most of us have heard that to be healthy and thin we need to stay clear of  carbs, right?  That is so wrong!  Yes, I advise that we all stay away from processed carbs; such as potato chips, Wonderbread and Ringdings.  Whole grains however, have been powering strong and healthy lives for a LONG TIME.  In the world of whole grains, farro is a super grain.  In fact, it's a complete protein.  What does that mean?  It means, it contains all 9 essential amino acids required by the body to be healthy.  The body uses amino acids to build protein and muscle. There are 9 A.A.'s that the body can not make itself and relies on acquiring them from outside sources.  Although calorie counting isn't really my thing, it has to be said that each 1/4 cup has only 170 calories.  Combine that with the 7g of protein, 4g of calcium and 3g of fiber in each 1/4 cup and that looks like a pretty great way of getting some lean protein in your diet.

I love the taste of this grain and it pairs so easily with all other foods.  Typically I cook up a large pot of it on the weekend and use it throughout the week.  For instance: Breakfast might be sautéed veggies, farro and a fried egg- this meal keeps me going all day long!  Lunch is often a stirfry and farro (cooks up in under 10 minutes or easier with a bunch of leftovers).  Dinner is often a soup topped with farro for a little bit of a heartier soul-warming meal.  I highly encourage you to try it this weekend.  The only "downfall" of this grain is that it is NOT gluten-free.  

Start by rinsing the farro thoroughly.  Most grains have a 1:2 ratio with water but farro has a 1:3 ratio.  Place the farro into a pot with 3 times the amount of water as farro.  You can add a dash of salt if you would like.  Bring the pot to a boil.  Then let simmer until all of the water has been absorbed.  I recommend stirring every few minutes to insure that the farro is not sticking to the pot.  Farro can be served either warm or cold and can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for a week, maybe more.