January 14, 2013

Fabulous Farro

Are you ready for another yummy grain recipe? How about a soup that gives you a big nutritious hug as you slurp it down?

Say 'helllllo beautiful' to White Bean and Kale Farro Soup!

At Costco the other day I came across a large bag of Organic Italian Pearled Farro.

Did you know that Farro is the original grain from which all others derive? Farro fed the Mediterranean and Near Eastern populations for thousands of years. Somewhat more recently, Farro was the standard ration of the Roman Legions that expanded throughout the western world.If it is good enough for those men in 300 - it should be able to get me through a Strong class! :)

One serving of Farro packs in 34g of complex carbohydrates, 6g of protein, 5g of dietary fiber and is rich in antioxidants. It is also a very anti-inflammatory food.
The best news is that it is delicious and was worked into the soup very easily. The hardest part of making this soup was trudging through the snow to harvest some very hardy kale.

I spy with my little eye...

Get in ma belly- you amazing little green super food!

White Bean and Kale Farro Soup
Makes 8 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, minced
Braggs Amino Acid, 4-5 sprays
1 sweet onion, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
6 garlic cloves, minced
 salt, to taste
1 cup white beans, rinsed (I used canned chickpeas)
8 cups of water
1 vegetarian bouillon cube
1 fresh bay leaf
1 cup farro, rinsed under cool water
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and ripped into chunks
½ to ¾teaspoon red pepper flakes
Black pepper in a mill
Directions: Saute onions and garlic in OO until onions are translucent. Pour onions and garlic into large slow cooker (crock pot). Saute mushrooms in onions juice and Braggs Amino Acid for 5 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
Add all other ingredients to crock pot, cover and cook on medium for 4 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Before serving season to taste with salt, pepper or more red pepper flakes and remove the Bay leaf.
Hour 0

Hour 2.5 on High

Are slow cookers not magical?

In other news, I was lucky enough to go snowshoeing for the first time! While the short cold days do wear me out sometimes (I am writing this blog post to procrastinate going outside and shoveling yet again), the beauty of the area I live in still takes my breath away.
 Let me leave you with a couple of pictures from my North Idaho adventure. 
If you live in the area and ever want to hike, run, cross  country ski or snowshoe, please leave a comment and lets make a date!

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