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Cilantro Lime Farro

Cilantro Lime Farro

I have wanted to try farro forever.  I have seen so many people make yummy variations of it on Instagram and from what I have read about it and knowing how much I love brown rice, I was fairly confident that it would be something I enjoy.  The question was how to prepare it!  I bought the Roland brand Italian pearled farro off of Amazon because no-one has had it in stock for a while.  I have never bought farro so this is the only kind I have tried, but I have to say... it is amazing!

I decided being that I was so new to cooking this that I would try a previous recipe I have for rice as the base - Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice, because I was making my chicken satay with peanut sauce and lime and cilantro would compliment it perfectly.  All I can say is WOW!  I love it!  It has a perfectly nutty taste with a soft and chewy texture.  However, the biggest test is the hubby and it passed with flying colors.  (He may have said he could eat it every night and actually preferred it over rice!)  If you haven't tried farro, here is a really easy way to prepare it to introduce it to the family.  (And while you are at it, why not make the chicken satay with peanut sauce.  You can find that recipe here!)

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups farro
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Instructions:
  1. Rinse the farro, then add it to a large saucepan with the water, olive oil, bay leaf and salt.  
  2. Bring the farro to a boil and reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches the consistency you like. (I did 20 minutes for soft and chewy.)
  3. Remove the bay leaf and drain the farro, then return it to the pot.  
  4. Toss in the zest and juice of the lime and lemon as well as the chopped cilantro and it's ready to serve.
We liked it warm with the chicken satay skewers we made, but it would be also fabulous as a cold salad!

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