This week I made a dish inspired by my recent travels. My husband and I spent our 5th anniversary in Asheville, North Carolina in November and we visited a local farm-to-table restaurant, Haywood Common. Their menu is "seasonal", which means it changes often. Whenever I visit a new restaurant I try to order something that is (1) a little familiar (i.e. something I know I like), but (2) also brand new to me. Enter: Salmon and Farro Salad. I know salmon, I love salmon, and I will always eat salmon, but farro - what does that taste like!? I knew what farro was, but I had never eaten it. I decided this was the meal for me and oh man I am so glad I ordered it! The salmon was brought to our table on a bed of farro and the farro was mixed with a delicious concoction of goat cheese, microgreens, mushrooms, curried peanuts, and pickled raisins. The entire plate was drizzled in a creamy, dream-worthy chipotle and red pepper harissa and avocado sauce. I basically wanted to bathe in this sauce, it was THAT good. Since devouring this meal from Haywood Common, I have been thinking about how to recreate this yummy drool worthy farro ever since! Keep reading for a super simple farro-filled recipe that will make you a farro fan for life.
What is farro?
Farro is an ancient whole-grain that dates back to ancient Rome. Farro is used often in many modern kitchens and is loved by many. On top of its delicious flavor and versatile character, this grain is packed with fiber and plant-based protein. It is very similar to barley, but has a nuttier, chewier texture when cooked. Farro is a great source of magnesium, iron and B vitamins. And is also a great heart-healthy choice as it is low in fat and cholesterol. Half a cup of farro provides about 7 grams of protein so it is a great choice for vegans and/or vegetarians!
Farro is great because it requires no prep work! All you have to do is rinse it and stick it in a pot of boiling liquid. That’s it! (You could do this blindfolded - although I don’t recommend blindfolding yourself near a pot of hot water :P)
Keep scrolling for my recipe inspired by my eats in Asheville!
3-Cheese Spinach + Mushroom Farro Recipe
SERVINGS: 4-5 (this recipes makes ~4 cups)
**NOTE: There is no such thing as too much cheese so... top with a little bit of extra cheese if you’re feeling adventurous!
Super Bowl Sunday is soon upon us. And I can honestly tell you, the only thing I'm rooting for is THE FOOD! (That's right I said it, and I'm sticking to it.) So in honor of the second biggest food consumption day (after Thanksgiving, of course) here's a super SIMPLE SWEET POTATO SKIN recipe that will for sure be a win on game day. I mean is there anything better than cheesy potatoes topped with bacon, sour cream, and green onions!?
So, traditional sweet potato skins are not complicated, but it's a process -- baking the potatoes, scooping out the insides... this all can take a significant amount of time and well, ain't nobody got time for that. What's my secret to cutting down on the effort and time needed for this delicious appetizer? The answer is Sweet PotaTOASTS.
What are Sweet PotaTOASTS?
Sweet PotaTOASTS are simply sliced sweet potatoes, that's it! They became popular as a bread substitute (likely for those who eat gluten-free) and topped just like toast, with PB or avocado, for example.
The best thing about these Sweet PotaTOASTS is that all the "work [is done] for you... which means all you have to do is pop it in the oven for a few minutes, top it, and enjoy." YESSS! And I don't hate that by subbing in these sweet potatoes, you're getting an excellent source of Vitamin A & C, as well as a good source of fiber and Vitamin B6. Grab our SIMPLE SWEET POTATO SKINS recipe below.
SIMPLE SWEET POTATO SKINS RECIPE
SERVINGS: enough for 2
Would love to know if you make this simple Super Bowl recipe. Tell us in the comments below or tag us at @themealplanningmethod.
The holiday season is no doubt filled with tradition, but none more anticipated than what comes Christmas morning. (Because gifts, duh.) But whether your family immediately tears into presents, finds the pickle ornament, or watches the Christmas Day Parade together, there's one other tradition I want to encourage you to start... CHRISTMAS MORNING WAFFLES!
But not just any waffles now... I've made this beloved breakfast food fun and festive by adding in natural red and green coloring and opting for a simple solution that will put fresh waffles on the dining table in minutes. Keep scrolling for my healthier holiday waffles recipe!
Are waffles healthy?
When you think of traditional waffles, the term "healthy" doesn't exactly come to mind. Waffles tend to be grain-heavy (ignoring the other essential food groups) and tend to be covered with added-fat (butter) and sugar (syrup). This is all good and fine in moderation -- remember, one meal or one snack does NOT define your regular diet -- but I took the approach of making this recipe just a little more balanced by getting in some protein. What's the secret? The solution is super simple... use a pre-made high-protein pancake/waffle mix!
HEALTHIER HOLIDAY WAFFLES
SERVING: per 1 cup pancake/waffle mix
We love how the wheatgrass and beet powders add a beautiful, natural hue to these waffles. You can absolutely eat these with a variety of toppings:
Happy, healthy holidays everyone! We'd love to see your pictures of your HEALTHIER HOLIDAY WAFFLES. Tag us @themealplanningmethod.