This nutty farro salad has a Mediterranean twist with fresh asparagus, artichokes, oregano, and feta cheese.
It’s easy to get into a food rut, isn’t it?
Conjuring up family pleasing meals day after day is a challenge if you’re the cook in the family. The chicken recipe they loved last week, is old hat this week. And that salad they couldn’t get enough of yesterday? As my husband is known to say, “It’s not blog worthy.”
Really? He ate the entire bowl the day before!
When I sense food boredom coming on I head to Trader Joe’s.
There isn’t an aisle at this local market that doesn’t provide inspiration. On a recent trip I found 10 minute farro tucked away amongst bags of rice and quinoa. I wasn’t sure what to do with this new grain, but at 10 minutes to cook and $2 a bag, why not give it a shot?
I followed the package instructions on my inexpensive treat, and found I had a tender and nutty grain. The farro would be the perfect addition to a salad recipe I’d planned for the asparagus and jar of marinated artichoke hearts I’d tossed into the cart.
This salad was so satisfying, that I picked over the chicken on the side. (If you know me, you know I never leave chicken on my plate.)
If your family is in a food rut, try shaking things up. Walk down the aisle of your local grocery store and pick up something new – and healthy – that you’ve never tried before. I guarantee a cook in the food blogosphere will know what to do with it, and be happy to share a recipe with you.
And if you’re curious about farro, check out this article at Huffington Post. Turns out I’ve found a pantry ingredient packed with fiber, protein and magnesium.
Happy, healthy cooking!
Serves 6 servings
- 8 ounces dried farro, cooked according to package directions
- 1 cup green onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cups asparagus spears, thin spears, steamed and chopped
- 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced
- 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 ounces low fat feta cheese, crumbled
- Combine ingredients a large bowl and toss well to combine. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.
Calories: 249kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 6 Saturated fatty acids: 3.35g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 3.34g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.55g Total fat: 8.02g Calories from fat: 72 Cholesterol: 16mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.30g Total dietary fiber: 8.15g Protein: 10.75g
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