Whole grains are the way to go if you're looking for a side dish that packs in the nutrients. A type of ancient wheat, farro is one such grain — it's a good source of fiber (it contains more fiber than brown rice or quinoa) and protein and is low-calorie as well. The chewy texture makes it a versatile addition to any dish.
How to cook: Buy the semipearled variety so you don't have to soak overnight, and boil one cup of farro in two cups of water for 45 minutes to an hour or until done.
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