When I was a kid, back when a spade was called a spade in the breakfast cereal realm, there was a cereal called Sugar Smacks. A jumping frog would do a double 'low five' with kids and their outstretched hands would then be filled with a bowl of cereal. I'm sure I ate it, though my favorite aptly named cereal was Sugar Pops. When my family would go camping and get those individual serving cereal boxes [which have increased in size since then, I observe] I always schemed to get the Sugar Pops over the Sugar Smacks or the Sugar Frosted Flakes, though really any of them were a rare treat.
This memory has nothing to do with tonight's dinner except for one thing: cooked farro looks exactly like Sugar Smacks to me. I'm tempted to coat it in a honey glaze, bake it like granola, and call it DIY Homemade Whole Grain Sugar Smacks. But my kids did not get the we-want-to-eat-breakfast-cereal gene, so I'll leave that to someone else.Some time between my
As I mentioned, I bought the little blue bag of precooked farro from Trader Joe's. The Nutrition Facts state that it serves 3, and the bag is so small I had some concerns. However, once cooked (10 to 12 minutes in a pot of beef broth for me, since this is not a vegetarian dish--that will come on Wednesday) the farro swelled to 5 cups of cooked grain which was way more than enough for the four of us.
[If I cared to, I'd insert my observation here about the increase in size of single serving cereal boxes, paired with the observation that 1 2/3 cups of cooked farro is a huge serving size. Just sayin'.]
I learned of the technique (combining leftover taco meat with a cooked grain, and salsa, to make a repurposed leftover meal) from my friend Lee-Ann. When I stretch a pound of ground meat with my CSA veggies and refried beans, the four of us eat about half the concoction the first night, so we always have leftovers. Thanks to Lee-Ann we all look forward to this re-purposed dish--it's delicious. I am making it here with farro, but you're welcome to substitute any kind of cooked rice, or branch out to quinoa, barley, amaranth, bulgur, or whatever floats your boat.
What I love about this dish is how easily customizable it is for each member of the family. I cooked one skillet of food, and everyone got to fix their meal their way. Here's a shot of each of our plates:
|Can you guess which are parent plates and which are kid plates?|
Taco Farro2 1/2 cups leftover taco meat (how I make mine, here)
5 cups cooked farro
1 1/2 cups salsa of your choice
red kidney beans
chopped red onion
chopped bell peppers
lime or any flavor tortilla chips
In a large skillet (I used my 12 inch cast iron) preheat a turn of oil over medium heat. Add leftover taco meat and heat, about 5 minutes. Dump cooked cooled farro (or grain of your choice) on top. Add salsa. Stir to combine thoroughly and heat through, another 5-8 minutes. Serve with the toppings of your choice. How easy is that? Thanks, Lee-Ann!
This post has joined the Clever Chicks Blog Hop over at The Chicken Chick, What's Cookin' Wednesday at Buns In My Oven, the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up at Gastronomical Sovereignty, What's In The Box at In Her Chucks, Taste and Tell Thursdays, and the Farm Girl Blog Fest at Let This Mind Be In You.
Farm Fresh Feasts Behind The Scenes: I toted the tray of ingredients out to the driveway for a sec to get some decent light on a gray day! I'm happy for the arrival of Spring--makes chasing the light a bit easier. Perhaps Spring is finally here to stay for a while?