Farro with Asparagus, Spinach, and Tomatoes

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After a long and busy day I had to think of something quick and easy to make, so this works perfect! This is one of those recipes that works with any vegetables you have on hand and no measurements necessary. Since I had a lot of spinach in the freezer, this was a done deal! (tip: I like to buy fresh spinach, chop it up, and freeze it!). The best thing about this recipe is that it is also super healthy! Farro, also called Pharaoh’s wheat, is an ancient grain that originated in Egypt thousands of years ago and is today most commonly used in Italy. Like many other grains, Farro is filled with loads of protein, fiber, B Complex vitamins, and pretty low in gluten. Read more about Farro and how to cook it here. Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Farro (rinsed in cold water, drained)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed/minced
  • Spinach, chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Asparagus, cut into 1-2 inch pieces, boiled (I used white asparagus)
  • 2 knorr chicken jelly bouillon
  • Butter (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • Feta cheese (optional)
  • Fresh Parsley and/or chives (optional)

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Directions:

  • First put the asparagus pieces into salted, boiling water and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Cook Farro according to package directions (for 1.5 cups farro, add 3 cups water, bring to boil, add 2 chicken jelly bouillons, let it simmer until all the water is absorbed (approx.  30 minutes)*can also substitute water with chicken stock)

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  • While the asparagus and Farro are cooking, in a separate pan melt some butter and add the spinach, sauté for 3 minutes

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  • Then add the cherry tomatoes, let cook for another 3 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and stir

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  • By then the asparagus should be done, so add it as well

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  • Once the Farro is cooked, add some butter (I added 1 tablespoon) and the sun-dried tomatoes, fluff with fork.

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  • Add the Farro to the veggie mixture and stir to combine
  • Serve with feta cheese, parsley, and chives on top
I'm super excited that my parsley and chives are finally growing!
I’m super excited that my parsley and chives are finally growing!IMG_1579

IMG_1666 Tip 1: Ernan and I sprinkled some chia seeds on top as well! Click here to read all about the cool health benefits of adding chia seeds to your diet! Tip 2: You can also substitute Farro with brown rice, Quinoa, Millet, whole Buckwheat, or any other yummy grain! Enjoy!

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