Farro: Discover a Whole New Whole Grain

by Paula | October 12, 2013 1:36 am

Recently I cooked a whole grain that I really enjoyed, called farro. Farro, also known as the pharaoh’s wheat, originated in Egypt centuries ago and is a member of the wheat family. It is primarily grown in Italy now, and is considered a healthy alternative to wheat pasta there.

It has the appearance of barley when cooked and needs to be rinsed before cooking. Cooking time is only 15 minutes.

A ½ cup of cooked faro has 100 calories and 7 grams of protein. It has 30 grams of carbohydrates and provides 12% of your daily iron needs.

It can be difficult to find at the store. I finally found it at Costco for a 48oz bag for $8 dollars, which makes it light on your wallet for your family meals.

Healthy ingredient contribution of farro are:

Farro is great to utilize as a healthy-carb when sprinkled over your salad. You can make a hearty summer salad by adding 0% Greek yogurt, lemon juice, spices, red bell peppers, broccoli and red onions to it. I’ve used it under a chicken/vegetable dish for a well-rounded entrée. Everyone loved it.

It’s always good to experiment with new, unfamiliar foods to keep your menu  fresh and healthy. Farro is worth the effort to find and use because it keeps you healthy and full of energy.

Try this farro recipe and discover how delicious this grain can be!

 

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