Village Harvest was kind enough to send me some of their products to try and also are sponsoring this post through Mambo Sprouts. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #VillageHarvestVariety
Farro is an ancient grain that’s a staple in many Italian kitchens. It can be used in soups, salads, stews, risotto and other recipes in place of rice or quinoa. It’s a wonderful source of protein and fiber.
For years we did Meatless Mondays in our house. As my husband started to spend more time in the gym and his protein needs increased we got out of the habit.
We prefer to eat pasture raised meat, local when possible, and it can cost quite a bit of money. Reducing our meat intake can really help save a lot of money on our grocery budget. Reducing your meat intake can also improve your health and is a great way to reduce your environmental impact.
Healthy Plant Based Protein Sources
Since we are reducing our meat intake I’m looking for ways to add more protein from plant sources. We prefer to avoid soy and don’t love to eat a lot of beans.
One place you may not think of for adding protein is grains but it can be a very affordable protein source. Rice and wheat has some protein but not a lot. Some other grains like spelt or kamut are a better source of protein, their uses are limited though.
Another grain that is a good source of protein is farro. It’s an ancient grain, first cultivated in 9000 B.C., with twice the protein and fiber as modern wheat. It’s similar to rice but with more protein and less carbs. It works really well in recipes that call for rice like soups, salads, stews, and more.
I looked for farro for a long time, thankfully now it’s becoming more common in the US. I also was happy to be able to find a brand that has great sustainability practices, Village Harvest. I really love the product and I love that they produce it in a sustainable way.
How to Make Farro in an Instant Pot
You cook it like rice but while it does absorb a lot of water it doesn’t absorb all of it. Cooking it on the stove takes about 25 minutes, which isn’t bad but you can make it even faster in an Instant Pot. It can also be made in a rice cooker but an Instant Pot is great because it works as a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, and more. I love no having to have multiple appliances and instead having one that does the job of seven appliances.
- 1 cup Village Harvest Farro, rinsed
- 2 cups water
- Seasonings of choice
- Add 2 cups of water, rinsed farro, and seasonings into the Instant Pot.
- Close lid and turn vent knob to "sealing."
- Press "Manual" and adjust the time to 10 minutes.
- When done, natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then quick release.
- Drain any remaining liquid.
- Eat as is or use in your favorite recipe.
Delicious Recipes Using Farro
Want a few ideas for using farro? Here are some delicious recipes you can try, they are all vegetarian so perfect for Meatless Monday.
- Mushroom and Pea Risotto from Brown Sugar
- Easy Farro Chili from The Almond Eater
- Mediterranean Farro Salad with Spiced Chickpeas from Budget Bytes
- Coconut Mango Breakfast Farro from I Heart Eating
Have you tried farro? What’s your favorite way to eat it? I’d love more ideas!