Farro Salad with Sautéed Chicken Breast
I was going to use the title: When Breakfast Becomes Boring, but decided to go with the above title. Inspiration for this blog came as a result of a friend suggesting that we cook a different grain each week that would help us stay on our health and wellness journey as well as a means of doing something a little different. To break up the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again. We wanted to eat healthy and have fun at the same time. Joy is so important on this journey!
I was all in because good grains with it's wonderful fiber have health benefits that can help to reduce risks for many health conditions such as heart disease, helping to lower blood pressure, regulating blood sugar, as well as helping to lose weight because we stay full longer. Eating good grains will leave you more satisfied which in turn help to reducing the mindless snacking that have the potential to help pack on the pounds.
Our first attempt was minestrone soup with farro and farro with smashed broccoli (pictured below)
I also made red snapper baked atop sliced onions and bell peppers (the lemon dressing or marinade on the fish really made the flavor of the meal! You can sauté veggies of your choice. I also baked some sweet potatoes. We decide to cook at my place and we had a blast! She texted me a few days later and said that she had made a taco out of the smashed farro, baked sweet potato, onions and peppers. She used a fried egg (not fried as in a lot of oil, try using a small amount of oil to cook the egg) as the shell. Well, you know me! The wheels started turning. I saw the possibilities! I liked what I heard because let’s face it, mealtimes can becoming boring, leaving you wanting something a little different so that you can enjoy staying on your health and wellness journey. To make a long story short, I had to try it, and she was right. It was AMAZING! Hence my reason for passing it onto you. If you’re not familiar with farro, you can just google and get all sorts of information and recipes.
This recipe was pretty simple. It’s not my original recipe.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add about 1/8 tsp. of salt (salt is optional), and boil for 8-10 min (original recipe says 6 minutes, but I ended up boiling it for 10 min). Add 1 ½ cup of pearl farro (you can buy it in bulk if this is your first time using it so you’re not purchasing something that you might not use again in case you don’t like it. It will taste chewy but that is normal.
Add broccoli florets to the pot and cook for another 8-10 min until both the broccoli and farro are soft and tender. Drain and reserve ¼ of the liquid in case you need it later on when smashing the broccoli (the original recipe calls for mashing the broccoli, I mistakenly misread the recipe and SMASHED my broccoli) so it’s up to you. You can keep the broccoli a bit whole, are you can make it look like pesto, which is what I mistakenly did but ended up liking the mistake.