When you are craving your favorite takeout opt instead for a healthy and homemade restaurant style fried rice inspired farro. All your favorite flavors and textures of a traditional fried rice with half the calories and all the flavor!
I have a confession. I make delicious recipes for dinner almost every night and never photograph and publish them to this blog. Micah pointed out that I have been posting the same content and need to start posting our dinners for everyone. At first I did not want to agree because well he’s right most of the time, but I am publicly admitting this one. Veggie burgers, desserts, soups, side dishes…check. What about the rest? The meat and potatoes, if you’re into that sort of thing. Clearly with this post I did the same thing. I made this last night for dinner, topped it with a coconut-oil fried egg, with a side of oven-fried wontons and sweet chili sauce. This post is sans egg, wontons, and chili sauce. See, I’m bad at this.
This recipe, like many, is birthed from a random craving. However, Chinese restaurant food almost always annihilates my stomach and it can be attributed to how saturated in oil the dishes are. Let’s not forget the fried rice that initially goes smoothly but 20 to 30 minutes later transforms itself into a starchy brick in your stomach. Tell me I’m not alone on this one.
I’ve replaced the rice with my favorite grain Farro. New to Farro? [gasp] Run out to the store or Amazon and buy this grain in bulk. The nutritional stats aren’t too shabby either. Let’s take a look:
Per 1/4 cup perlato (pearled) farro:
0 grams fat (saturated + trans)
0 mg cholesterol
30 mg sodium (1% of your daily recommended value)
33 g carbohydrates
3 g fiber
7 g protein
That’s my type of grain. Of course this is for pearled farro which I use for fast cooking purposes. Whole grain farro must be pre-soaked then cooked for a longer period of time. Perlato, or pearled, farro has the outer bran removed therefore sacrificing the slightest nutritional quality.
Farro is chewy, hearty, nutty, and the perfect replacement for rice. You won’t find this type of fried rice in your local Asian restaurant so next time you find yourself fighting cravings do yourself and stomach a favor and make this Restaurant Style Fried Farro instead.