Phew! Birthday week is officially over! And a week of celebration it was! Isaac was declared “Husband of the Year” by pulling off a whole day of pampering and surprises. I could go on and on about how great his planning and secrecy was, but since I live with him I will spare you all the mooshy gooshy praise and just tell him directly to his face at dinner time. With all the feasting and indulging this past week, I am walking a bit heavier into my thirtieth year. So here is a fabulous and healthy vegetarian Meatless Monday recipe that will satisfy a hungry belly but not add any pounds….and it looks beautiful if I may say so myself.
Italian Farro with Green Beans, Red Peppers, Olives, ands Parmesan
10 ounces farro (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
8 ounces green beans, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup pitted black olives (I used green olives but would recommend using black if the store carries them)
1 medium red pepper, cut into thin strips
3/4 crumbled Parmesan
1/4 cup chives, sliced small
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups of water with the farro. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until the farro is almost tender, about 20 minutes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and simmer until the farro is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and stir. Cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the cooked green beans to a bowl of ice water and let cool for 2 minutes. Drain the green beans.
Once the farro has cooled add the green beans, olives, red pepper, Parmesan, and chives. Stir to combine. In a small bowl mix together the sherry vinegar, olive oil, mustard, pepper, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine. Pour the sherry vinaigrette over the farro salad. Toss to combine and serve.
Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network