I consider this dinner a meeting of fate. It was meant to be. It just so happened that I was roaming the aisles of my local Trader Joe’s, shopping for quinoa, when I found a new product–10 minute farro. It also just so happened that I had been reading my monthly issues of Rachael Ray and Cooking Light, and BOTH had features on incorporating new whole grains into your diet. And it also just so happened that I didn’t use the pound of turkey sausage I had bought earlier in the week for my normal Turkey Sausage and Veggie Muffins. All of these events combined to help me create this delicious creation–Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples.
I was a little apprehensive about trying farro. Sometimes I get super excited about trying new ingredients, only to be severely disappointed in the way they taste–I think I get an idea in my head about what they must taste like, and when they taste differently, it’s just… disappointing. I have no problems with farro though. It’s like brown rice’s chewier, thicker, more delicious cousin.
Farro has just enough bite to it that it almost reminds me of pasta. It made this dish extra hearty–ultimate comfort food. The combination of turkey sausage, spinach, and apples reminded me of a Thanksgiving stuffing. So good.
Not only is farro really, really, really good–it’s good FOR you. It’s got four times more fiber than white rice, plus magnesium and B vitamins. Plus, since its a complex carb, it breaks down slowly, keeping your blood levels even and keeping your energy up. Add to that the iron and vitamins from the spinach and apples–and you’ve got one fantastic meal.
If you’re looking for a way to include more whole grains in your diet and you’re not sure where to start–this dinner’s for you! I promise that you’ll love it.
Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples
- 1 package TJ’s 10 min farro,
- 1 lb turkey sausage links-casings removed
- 1 medium onion-diced
- 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
- 2 small apples–diced
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 c chicken stock
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add farro and cook 10-12 mins. Drain and set aside.
2. In a deep skillet, brown sausage in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, about 5 mins. Add onion, garlic, apples, and spices. Cook about 5 mins more, until onion is translucent.
3. Add spinach and cook until wilted.
4. Add chicken stock and stir to scrape up browned bits from pan. Add farro and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about ten mins. Add salt and pepper to taste.