Though summer is usually a time for cold and cleansing salads, we’ve had a deep “June Gloom” in L.A. this year and were craving something warm and hearty…but still fresh and skinny. And here’s a recipe that uses a super healthy grain and makes it even better (and skinnier) by adding in a greater amount of nutrient rich and almost calorie free vegetables: Farro with Kale, Shiitake Mushrooms and Onions.
And before those of you who are scared of carbs panic because farro is a species of wheat (called emmer), let me tell you why–unless you have celiac disease–it doesn’t matter…
Not all carbs are created equal. Farro, though similar to wheat or brown rice, is a nutty tasting, protein packed and texturally dense ancient grain. Lower in gluten than regular wheat, it’s also loaded with metabolism boosting Vitamin B3 as well as magnesium, zinc and iron and satisfies in a deep way as you’re trimming bread and meat from your diet.
And though a cup of cooked farro has about 300 calories, once mixed with a greater amount of calorie neutral kale, onions and weight loss enhancing mushrooms, as well as some rich and flavorful seasonings, this hearty dish has just 120 calories per cup.
It will fill you up and rev you up as you kick off your June Gloom and swing skinny into summer! Continue reading