Friday, January 3, 2014
A Word About Farro AND Recipes for Farro with Artichokes, Sun Dried Tomatoes, & Pine Nuts AND a Blackberry Chia Smoothie
1/2 C Farro (Nature's Earthly Choice)
About 3 C Water (to cook the Farro in)
1/2 C Sun Dried Tomatoes (with gentle oil)
About 3 C Artichoke Hearts
5 to 6 T Red Wine Vinegar
3 T Parsley
1/2 C Pine Nuts
If you are a fan of any or all of these ingredients PLEASE try this! The flavor really pops! YUM! The texture is great, too! It's a neat comfort food as well!
For my Breakfast today...I had a Blackberry Smoothie of sorts! Here's what's in this:
1 1/2 C Almond Milk
1 Pint Blackberries
2 Small Dates
1 T Chia Seeds
6 drops of Vanilla NuNaturals Stevia
A word about Farro...
I'm by no means a Farro Guru. I think including this dish I have only used it about 3 times so far. But I'm REALLY loving this grain! I guess that's why it's been around for over 5,000 years, eh!? Not only because it's so tasty but because it's so GOOD for you! It's high is fiber, protein, and a good source of complex carbs! Just how much Fiber and Protein!? Well, let me tell you! Nature's Earthly Choice says that 1/4 C contains 5 grams or 21& of Fiber and 7 grams of Protein! It also contains 2% Calcium and 12% Iron. It acts like a sponge with spices, vinegars, flavored oils, and fruits and veggies which I really like, too! But I keep going back to that chewy texture. I guess those are just a few reasons why this grain has quickly gained a place in my heart!