Sunday, August 14, 2011

Farro with Roasted Eggplant Pesto

Did you ever wonder how Giada De Laurentiis doesn't get really fat?

I have.

I mean, she cooks the most delicious looking high calorie food continuously while staying her same teeny weenie size. Does she eat like a bird? Most likely.

But I don't.

That's why when I was vegetating on my couch the other day and I saw Giada make Farro with Pesto and it looked so delicious, I knew I had to recreate it my way. And I knew exactly how I was going to do it. With Susan Voisin's Roasted Eggplant Pesto from Fat Free Vegan.

And I was right. It's extraordinary!
Farro with Roasted Eggplant Pesto
inspired by Giada De Laurentiis and Susan Voisin

2 cups farrow
5 cups water

Place water, farro and a dash of salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook farro for 18 minutes. Drain farro and mix with Roasted Eggplant Pesto. Serve immediately.
Have you ever tried farro? Scale of 1-10, how much did you like it?

Do you know how Giada De Laurentiis stays so teeny?


L. said...

Giada, to me, seems like a very structured person, and someone who enjoys the aspect of structure as well! I believe she exercises portion control. :)

JL goes Vegan said...

I love farro! I make it in the pressure cooker and rice cooker (as a base in a porridge, or add to chili) Love it.

I really like what you have done with the eggplant. I have one growing in my garden and after reading your posts, I think I've seen its future ;)

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Michelle said...

Yes! I wonder that ALL the time when I watch her. I think she must eat plant strong at home ;)

Bonnie said...

Where do you get farro??

liz said...

love farro! it has a nice texture. I bet Giada spends quite a bit of time at the gym.

Trail Turtle said...

Ok, I'll ask. What is Farro??

Anonymous said...

I introduced farro to my family this year and we all love it! Funny about Gilda - I have wondered how she does it - and her nails always looks so good too!

Healthy Girl said...

Farro is a whole grain that is used similarly to barley. Here's the wkipedia definition"

"Farro is a food product consisting of the grains of certain wheat species in whole form. The exact definition is debated (see below). It is sold dried and is prepared by cooking in water until soft, but still crunchy (many recommend first soaking over night). It may be eaten plain, though it is often used as an ingredient in dishes such as salads and soups. It is sometimes ground into flour and used to make pasta or bread."

I got farro at my local grocery chain and I'm pretty sure that Whole Foods carries it.

Kristen said...

I found this Giada de Laurentis quote from Self Magazine, she sounds very sensible and looks naturally tiny, too.

“Food is not the enemy!” De Laurentiis says. “It’s not food; it’s how much you eat. I eat pasta, but a small portion, not a giant one, and I eat more greens than carbs.” Though she watches portions, she doesn’t bother with exact measurements. “A good gauge is to think in terms of an appetizer-sized plate rather than dinner-sized. Then tell yourself that you’ll savor every bite.”

“Morning workouts, every day, are the best thing for me. I do yoga, which I got into while I was pregnant, or a half hour on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill. Getting up and getting my blood going gives me energy for the whole day.”

stellagirl said...

I've made the eggplant pesto before and I found it was rather bland. I tried to doctor it up by adding some seasoning but it ended up tasting like bland eggplant with seasoning added. Could it possibly be that I didn't cook my eggplant long enough even though it was soft?

katshealthcorner said...

Your recipe sounds AMAZING! So healthy! :D I really like the quote Kristen said from Self Magazine. She eats, but eats reasonably -- she listens to her body and takes care of it.

Healthy Girl said...

Stella, it's funny that you say that. I think it tastes amazing! I think it is full of flavor! But people have different taste buds and depending on how long you have been following a Nutritarian diet would definitely be a factor. Things that didn't used to taste really salty or really sweet to me now are inedible. So this may have a subtle flavor . . . has anyone else tried it yet? I know that it made Susan Voisin's top 10 list for 2010, so at least one other person thinks it's da bomb!

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Jennifer said...

I have not tried farro but want to. I'm not really sure how to use it, so I'd have to totally follow a recipe I guess.

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