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!
Happy #HeartMonth everyone!
February seems to be the time of year when we focus on all matters of the heart. So, in honor of this season of love, I wanted to give you a little guidance on how you can make a heart-healthier meal plan. Keep reading for heart-healthy meal planning tips and a sample 1-week heart-healthy meal plan!
Why meal plan for a healthier heart?
The truth is that everyone could benefit from heart-healthier eating, no matter if you're in your 20's, 40's, or living that retired life. Here's why...
Fast facts on Heart Disease from the CDC:
Despite these alarming statistics, you CAN do you part in preventing heart disease as much as possible.
What does a heart-healthy meal plan look like?
There are a couple of recommendations to keep in mind that are key to heart-healthier meal planning. Meals (and snacks) are...
All of these qualities can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and are excellent key words to use when searching for recipes that support heart health! Here's a sample 1-week heart-healthy meal plan for you:
You can see, eating heart-healthfully doesn't mean eating bland, boring foods! Here's a breakdown of the meals mentioned in this sample Heart-Healthy Meal Plan:
Let us know if you tried out this heart-healthy mean plan, or found some different recipes to enjoy! Be sure to tag us @themealplanningmethod.
P.S. Do you like these sample meal plans? Check out our Prediabetes Meal Plan too!
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.