When it comes to having your carbs and eating them too, unrefined and nutritious grains are the healthiest options. Today we're focusing on farro, quinoa's fiber-rich cousin. If you aren't familiar with this ancient grain, it has a chewy, hearty consistency, making it one of the best healthy comfort foods around. With far more nutrients than white rice and other processed grains, farro is loaded with protein, magnesium, iron, and fiber, the latter of which is essential for an efficient digestive system and metabolism.
Aside from those perks, farro is also insanely versatile. Indeed, it offers a ton of flexibility depending on your needs as a cook as well as your cravings. From salads to sandwiches and bowls, you can cook with farro in just about any kind of dish type and cuisine. The options are pretty much endless. Scroll through to see our five favorite farro recipes that all yield unique, tasty, and healthy meals to power you through a busy workweek.
Vegan Lentil or Farro Sloppy Joes
If you're a kid at heart or you're cooking for kids at home, we promise these vegan sloppy joes will be a crowd-pleaser. This recipe from Minimalist Baker bangs out a batch of delicious sloppy joes, vegan edition. Despite being sloppy, they're prepared with really fresh, healthy ingredients, and they have delicious smoky undertones. Just make sure you keep plenty of napkins on deck while you devour these delicious things.
Farro, Hummus, and Burrata Spread
This spread of hummus, burrata, and farro tabbouleh from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect starter if you're hosting a party. Or enjoy this mezze platter all by yourself for a well-rounded dinner.
Butternut Squash Farroto
This creamy delicious dinner is brought to us by The First Mess, and it's the perfect option for anyone craving something comforting that won't leave them feeling bogged down later. If you love risotto but also want to try something new, this rich vegan dish is going to be your new go-to recipe. Eat it on its own or make it a side dish!
Fill Your Bowl With Farro:
Salmon Souvlaki Bowl
These salmon souvlaki bowls from Half Baked Harvest are an ideal summer meal. The grilled salmon sits atop a bed of farro for an extra-satisfying kick and crunchy contrast. Packed with healthy, refreshing ingredients, it's the perfect weekday meal because it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.
Broccoli Rabe, Kale, and Farro Salad
This broccoli rabe, kale, and farro harvest salad from The First Mess is a healthy and filling bowl with just the right amount of intriguing flavors and textures. The farro rounds out the dish to introduce a softer texture while also making it slightly more filling to keep you satisfied longer—the perfect crunchy/chewy balance, if you will.
Which farro recipe are you most excited to try? Let us know how you enjoy your farro and which is your favorite in the comment section below.