Lemon Farro and Brussels Sprouts
Farro is a variety of wheat and similar to wheat berries, farro is still a bit chewy when cooked, rather than soft and mushy. Farro is still a bit chewy when cooked, rather than soft and mushy. If you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s, use wheat berries.
In the spring when asparagus is in season, try substituting asparagus for the Brussels sprouts.
· 1 c. Farro Ten Minute Trader Joe’s or Wheat Berries (Adjust cooking time)
· 2 or 3 c. chicken or vegetable broth (Adjust amount depending on if you are using Ten Minute Farro or Wheat Berries)
· 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and quartered
· 1 large shallot, chopped
· 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
· 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
· 1 tbsp. lemon juice
· zest from 1 well-washed lemon, I like to use a microplane to zest the lemon
· Salt + pepper to taste
1. Combine 1 cup wheat berries and 3 cups broth OR 1 cup Ten Minute Farro and 2 cups broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until tender, if using wheat berries about 50 minutes or if using Trader Joe’s Farro Ten Minute, 10 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
3. While wheat berries are cooking, start Brussels sprouts. Toss Brussels sprouts, shallots, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl. Transfer to a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and stir in walnut pieces.
4. Whisk together lemon juice, zest, remaining 1 Tbsp oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add wheat berries and roasted vegetables; toss to combine, then serve.