Farro Vegetable Risotto

Semi-pearled farro

For week 3 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey, we're going to introduce you to farro, also known as the new "it" grain (if the Huffington Post declares it, it must be true). Farro is a whole grain (though unfortunately not gluten-free but gluten-low) that has a hearty but chewy texture that makes it hold up incredibly well in a lot of different type of dishes - soups, gratins, and … [Read more...]

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | “A Week’s Worth of Pesto Uses” Meal Plan

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | "A Week's Worth of Pesto" Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

  You'll be seeing a lot more meal plans on Cook Smarts in the near future including a newsletter launch in the fall. All subscribers to the newsletter will get a meal plan every week in their inbox that'll be peppered with cooking know-how, tips, and suggestions. There won't be anything fancy in the menu - just simple, healthy, doable meals that everyone can cook and enjoy. We figure we … [Read more...]

Farro + Black Beans + Corn

Black Bean, Corn, Farro | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

It's been about four and a half months since I gave my first Cook Smarts cooking lesson. One of our biggest discoveries is regardless of how proficient the client is in the kitchen, meal planning and feeling "stuck" in a rut is pretty much a common problem across the board. It's not a surprise. We spend our days stressed about this, that, and the other that it can be hard to devote creative brain … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Chili

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Chili | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Since most of my clients are moms, I get a lot of requests for simple, healthy, and kid-friendly meals. One ingredient that just about every mom and kid can agree on is the rotisserie chicken. It's tasty and pre-made, and its uses are endless. However, since most moms have better things to think about than new uses … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Salad

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Salad | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Can you smell the taste of summer yet? I sure can. Every year the heat of summer ushers in a season of cookouts, picnics, and way too many (but yet not enough) ice cream trips. As the season arrives, I am always looking for new dishes that showcase the best of summer produce, that can be eaten cold so it doesn't … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Vegetarian Burger

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Vegetarian Burger | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO I am a carnivore, and I love a juicy, meaty burger, but I get just as excited to sink my teeth into its vegetarian cousin. They're related but definitely exhibit very different characteristics. You can't really expect a vegetarian burger to taste like the classic beef version. It's not supposed to. Instead every … [Read more...]

Cauliflower and Farro Gratin

Cauliflower and Farro Gratin | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Our next ingredient spotlight is going to be on cauliflower (thanks to a request from one of our favorite readers and also BFF Markell Lewis). We're kicking it off with the richest and heartiest preparation. As a huge Nancy Silverton fan, I was pretty stoked when Pizzeria Mozza opened in Los Angeles a few years ago. I was a bit of a crazy restaurant foodie at the time and road tripped down to … [Read more...]

Farro Vegetable Risotto + A Kin Community Video

I met the folks behind KIN COMMUNITY about a month back in Santa Monica. They're a growing YouTube channel specializing in all things women - fashion, food, travel, and a totally irreverent and fun look on parenting from the hilarious "How to be a Dad" duo. Besides being super nice, they are passionate about producing quality info/enter-tainment for women that is incredibly beautiful and inviting. … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I know what you're thinking: Casserole? Isn't that something women made in the 60's? Yes, it's true, but this casserole (or bake) has been updated with sophisticated and healthy ingredients for the modern cook. It features one of my favorite grains farro (sadly not gluten-free but millet would be a great gluten-free substitute). The chewiness of the farro combined with the creaminess of the … [Read more...]