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Posts Tagged ‘farro’

They Say Variety Is The Spice . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on March 4, 2020

So recently I went out to dinner and I ordered a farro and kale salad. I was craving greens and it sounded interesting. It was delicious. On a quick search to see the nutrient values of farro I saw a lot of information stating you can switch it out for rice or pasta. Why not, right? So I was thinking it is “grainier” than rice and it might make a good substitute. Since it seems more like a seed than pasta I was thinking it might be good to switch out orzo for farro, but . . . sometimes it really depends on what you are looking for. Remember, food is there to provide us with nutrients so even foods deemed as “healthy” could not be what you need at the moment. Again, it all depends on what you are looking for.

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Portion: values per 100g

Energy 375 kcal
Protein 12.5 g
Total lipid (fat) 1.79 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 78.57 g
Fiber, total dietary 3.6 g
Sugars 3.57 g
Calcium, Ca 0 mg
Iron, Fe 3.21 mg
Thiamin 1 mg
Riboflavin 0.304 mg
Niacin 5.357 mg

It contains no sodium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, or Cholesterol

 

When I had the idea for this post I was more concerned about protein and iron so I was not thinking I would switch out orzo for farro. But . . . things have changed and I might be looking for more fiber and potassium. I think that adding farro to our diet would be a good thing.  But I don’t necessarily have to switch one for the other.  I think variety is good. So we can have farro, rice, orzo, pasta, and end up getting a lot of different nutrients.

Just recently I cooked up some orzo and added some chopped kale. Mmmmmmm, so good. I forgot to get farro when I went to the store, but it is on my list for my next trip.  I am looking forward to adding it to our rotation of side dishes (or in some case making it the main).

Do you cook with rice, farro, pasta, orzo?  What is your favorite?

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A Successful Change Of Pace

Posted by terrepruitt on February 24, 2020

Have you heard of farro? I had heard of it but it seems like there is a “new” old grain to try every week so I didn’t pay it much attention. Especially since the last thing I was told to try that I think of as trendy is still sitting in my pantry with only two servings having been used. And by “used” I don’t even mean eaten. I cooked it, forced it down. Then tried a second time and realized it can’t be that good for me if it is making me gag and making me dread eating breakfast. I believe sometimes there is a balance in eating healthy things. If buckwheat cereal was the only healthy think I ate, then I would eat it, but it is not. It was so mucus-y I just couldn’t eat it. Well, last night I ordered a farro salad. I usually don’t order salads for entrees, but I felt like having A LOT of greens so I decided to order one as a change of pace. I wasn’t entirely sure about it, but the roasted Brussels Sprouts were really calling to me.

It was really good. First of all, I never eat bacon any more because it just isn’t want it used to be, this bacon was good. But I had just glossed over that on the menu and forgot about it until my bowl came. I had ordered grilled chicken as an addition to the salad. Well, I have to say I really liked the farro. It was really soft. It was like biting into very large rice. But it didn’t feel like orzo. The texture was soft like rice and orzo, but the grain itself is more round it is really satisfying to chew.  I have to like the texture of something otherwise I won’t eat it even it the flavor is fine . . . hence the buckwheat cereal* in my pantry.

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So here is what I found for nutritional information for about 1/2 cup of ORGANIC PEARLED FARRO:

Energy 356 kcal
Protein 11.11 grams
Total lipid (fat) 2.22 grams
Carbohydrate 73.33 gram
Fiber (total dietary) 11.1 grams
Sugars 0 grams
Calcium, Ca 27 mg
Iron, Fe 2.22 mg
Potassium, K 393 mg

It has 0 Sodium, Vitamin D, Saturated fat, transfat, and Cholesterol.

Wiki has this to say about it “Farro is a food composed of the grains of certain wheat species, sold dried, and prepared by cooking in water until soft. It is eaten plain or is often used as an ingredient in salads, soups, and other dishes.”

I am thinking it really can be used like one would use rice. I bet I could use it in place of orzo in my Avgolemono. But I don’t know that I will ever do that because I love the orzo so much.

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So, have you tried farro?  Do you cook with it?  What do you make?

*I just realized as I was re-re-re-reading this before publishing that when I was young we ate Buckwheat FLAKES cereal, and that was ok, but what I am talking about it like grits or cream of wheat with a cold or sinus infection.  (Ewww.)

 

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