Farro and Veggies for Meatless Monday

I’m a pretty big supporter of Meatless Monday. Recently I was reading an article by Joel Fuhrman, MD. He seemed to advocate of diet of very nutrientious food in moderate portions as a means of weight control.  I like to look at calories similarly to the way I look at space. There are places in my house that are very convenient and easy to reach. Those are the high-rent spaces and so I store items there that are worth taking up “high-rent” space. Similarly, since I’m trying to drop some pounds, really all the calories I consume should be “high-rent” calories: nutrient dense, healthy, and none of the empty calories. I was thinking about this at lunchtime and decided to cook farro along with some stir fried veggies for lunch. So, I did and it was delicious. Here’s how I made it:

For Farro Pilav:

  • 1 c. farro, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2/3 c. chopped onion

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil and saute onions in the oil for a minute or 2. Stir in the rinsed farro and saute another couple of minutes. Then stir in the water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover. Simmer on low heat,covered for about 25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

For Stir-Fry

  • 1T. avocado oil
  • 3-4 green onions, trimmed and cut into 3-4 inch lengths
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 1 1/2 cup cauliflower flowerets
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 T. hoisin sauce
  • soy sauce to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 T. dry sherry or wine or water

In wok or skillet, heat avocado oil. When hot, stir in the onions, cauliflower flowerets, carrot and garlic slices. Cook, stirring occasionally about five minutes. Add the sauces and seasoning along with the sherry, wine, or water. Cover and cook covered about two minutes. Enjoy.

It is very tasty and quick. If you have adopted the vegetable saving method I discussed in an earlier post, it takes very little time to prepare. This would be easy to prepare ahead and take to work for an easy lunch. It is perfect for Meatless Monday. If I’d had mushrooms, I would have used them for a bit more protein.

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