This farro with butternut squash & rainbow chard is a hearty and healthy one pot recipe. Perfect for the times when you’re craving something warm and cozy!
How was your Halloween? Can you believe we’re already three days into November?!
Did you know that as of today there are only 23 days until Thanksgiving, 43 until Hanukkah, and 52 days until Christmas?!!!!! That realization just put me into a cold sweat. Too few days and too much to do.
I better get cooking.
For the next 52 days Veganosity will be all about healthy (mostly) vegan food that will get you through the holidays. The recipes will be designed to satisfy even the most hardcore carnivore. Think about our food as a gift. You, the healthy one, will be gifting your family and friends with food that will nourish them and make them go mmmm……. So much better than an ugly sweater. Right?
To kick off the season of joy and love, let’s begin with this hearty one pan dish of farro, butternut squash, rainbow chard, white beans, and spices.
Farro is a fairly new ingredient for me. It’s an ancient grain made from wheat. It’s nutty and chewy, similar to barley, and it has seven grams of protein per serving. It’s the star of this dish because it turned the squash and chard into a filling, one dish meal.
I’m thinking that this is a fabulous thing to serve as a main course for Thanksgiving, with sides like a fresh, crisp green salad, spicy green beans, cranberries, and vegan dinner rolls. Or, you could serve as a side dish if you have other plans for an entrée. It’s also a fantastic carry and go recipe to take to a friend’s house.
You’ll love the flavors and textures in this recipe. The farro is chewy and nutty, and that works so well with the soft, creamy, subtly sweet squash. Then there is the crisp and slightly bitter rainbow chard that compliments the squash and the white beans. The sage and oregano pull all of the flavors together and wrap them up like a present. Like I said before, think of this recipe as a gift.
If you’ve never cooked farro before, don’t worry. It’s easy! You can soak it in water overnight or you can boil it in water until it begins to become tender. Then, add it to the pan with the veggies and spices and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. It’s pretty much fool proof.
Today is kick-start Monday, which means, it’s time to get back on the healthy train after a weekend of Halloween indulgences. Try this recipe out tonight and see what you think. My guess is that you’re going to love it. If you do, and even if you don’t, come back and let me know. Your comments make my day!
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