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.
After draining the farro and broccoli, set it aside, and using the same pot you boiled it in, sauté 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped and red pepper flakes. After sautéing, return the farro and broccoli to the pot. Add ¼ cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a little bit of the reserved water if it's too dry. I didn't need to use the reserved water.
For the breakfast taco: Add a little bit of oil to a hot skillet that doesn't stick. Place one egg in a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, whisk well and pour into skillet. Rotate the skillet a little bit to spread out the egg and cook until done. Carefully turn once using a spatula. Placed a plate over the skillet, flipping it to remove the egg. That way you reduce the risk of breaking the egg when removing it from the skillet.
Warm the farro, onions and peppers, and place them on the egg, and added the warm baked sweet potato. You can fold over the egg in taco fashion if you don't mind getting your hands a little messy. My taste buds became very happy when I bit into it and I was thoroughly satisfied once I had finished eating.
Feel free to repurpose your leftovers. Be creative. Sometimes it just takes a little courage to go beyond your comfort zone. The fun is in the trying. Who knows? It might turn out right. If it doesn't you had fun trying and it will help to improve your cooking skills. It will help you to learn what works and what doesn't!
Let me know if you tried this recipe and how it turned out. I would love to hear your story so I can share it to inspire others!
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