Herbed-Farro Salad with Walnuts, Feta and Spinach

Farro, also known as emmer wheat, is another ancient grain getting a lot of attention. It’s the most common variety of wheat in Italy and when cooked, has a soft but crunchy texture. If purchased semi-pearled, it cooks in about 30 minutes. For this recipe, I used a parboiled farro from Trader Joe’s, which cut…

Cooking with Ancient Grains

What’s old is new again. Ancient grains, a group of grains with a long history of cultivation that have remained unchanged over the last several hundred years (even thousands), are trending on the food scene. First with quinoa and now farro. But quinoa and farro are just two examples of these chewy, nutty, nutrient-packed whole grains. There’s…

Go for the Grains

Grains have taken a beating lately. Shunned from high protein diets because of their carbohydrate content and maligned by many social media posts. But in most cultures, grains are an integral part of the diet. In the US, we eat way too many refined, nutrient poor grains because we eat too many packaged snacks, white…