Vegetarian Farro Chickpea Stew


Well I’m officially feeling better. Praise baby Jesus! After 3 days with minimal movement and human interaction, I was starting to question my sanity. I’m pretty sure at one point Mac started talking… that may have also been the 27 ibprofin I took to rid myself of omgtheworstheadacheever.

But about this stew. I made it about 2 weeks ago as “lunch for the week”, and it was my first tango with farro. Farro is an interesting little grain. Much like quinoa, it’s a very versatile grain, and a fantastic source of protein (7g per serving). I used the pearled variety, which basically means the outer husk has been removed, making it much easier (and faster!) to prepare. I feel extremely smart right now. (Don’t be fooled, though, I’m sure to say something completely air-headed in the next few seconds.)

In fact, in middle-school, people used to pull on my ear and make a hissing noise, as if to let the air out of a balloon. Only because I was such an airhead, I didn’t even get what that meant. I also earned the nickname “Duh, Jessica” after an unfortunate incident in gym glass where I shot a hockey puck into the wrong goal. And yes, I realize it’s pretty funny, but dude, middle school was hard enough without adding fuel to the fire.

Really, I could talk about how much I loathed grades 4-7 all day. I mean, how is it possible that between the ages of 8 and 11 human beings are capable of being pure evil? Yes, I was smart and maybe I was the kid who raised their hand a lot. And ok, so I had glasses and was freakishly tall, but whatever. Excuse me for being enthusiastic about learning and wanting to be friends with my teachers, is that so wrong? Stupid mean kids…

Can you even imagine if we had Facebook back then? Oof. It literally gives me the chills.

Speaking of, you know what’s good for chills?

Offff course you do.

Vegetarian Farro Chickpea Stew
Serves: 6
Cook time: about 40 minutes
You’ll Need:
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup frozen chopped kale
1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1 T garlic, minced
15 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
6 cups water + 2 T Better Than Bouillon vegetable base (or sub veg stock)
1 cup farro, rinsed and drained
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions: In a large soup pot, heat oil over med-high heat and sautee onion, kale, crushed red pepper and garlic until onions are translucent and kale is softened. Add diced tomatoes, cumin and paprika, and simmer for about 6 minutes. Add vegetable broth, chickpeas and farro. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until farro is al dente. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread.

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This soup was way better than middle school.

Happy Monday!

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  1. I LOVED elementary school. Grades 6 and 7 were pure hell though. I see middle school as a necessary evil, as it truly does build character. I spent most nights crying those two years, but I learned a lot about what constitutes a true friend. By the time 8th grade rolled around I didn’t give a shit what anyone thought…probably because I knew I was transferring to private in 9th for HS, anyway (it was the plan all along). And that’s where I met my best of bests!

    And that’s how I’m going to make your post all about me today! Glad you’re feeling better boo : )

  2. 4th and 5th were the WORST for me. I got picked on bc I was one of the fastest to cry and it didn’t help that my parents were teachers at my school. Maybe this is why I seem so dead inside now?

  3. I’ve blocked out grades 5-8 and still suffer post traumatic stress disorder from the flashbacks, mostly because of my hair and fashion choices. No wonder people were so mean to me. Sigh… I would have totally been your friend, except I’m pretty sure you would have been one of the pretty “cool” people.

  4. looks yum! i’m currently obsessed with farro šŸ™‚

  5. I haven’t cooked with farrow yet, but it’s nice to have a go to recipe now.

    And I’m probably the only one, but I absolutely loved middle school…high school, on the other hand, was just meh.

  6. I’m glad you’re feeling better! I can’t imagine what kids go through in school with Facebook and Twitter. I’d probably have to be homeschooled.

  7. Really…anything has to be better than middle school. Or high school. Anything.

    I love farro! Such a delicious substitute for rice. Love it.

    Happy Monday Jess. Glad you are feeling better!

  8. I was just thinking about how awful it would have been if we had facebook when I was in high school. It would have been an absolute nightmare. I don’t know how the youngins handle it.

  9. I am so happy there was no facebook until I was in college. I definitely would have spent so many more hours than I already did hysterically crying.

  10. Oh man, junior high was the worst. I was bullied like you would not believe! I was happy to kiss those days goodbye. Glad you’re feeling better, friend.

  11. I have been so curious to try farro in my kitchen, this looks really good!! I don’t even want to talk about grades 4-7… I had the joy of being the overweight kid until about grade 8, talk about adding fuel to the fire :/ Anywho, glad you are feeling betterrrr!

  12. Grades 6-8 sucked ass. I’m assuming I can substitute canola or some kind of nut oil for this recipe since I can’t have olive oil right now? Will that kill the recipe or is it just for “non-sticking” purposes? This sounds lovely šŸ˜‰

  13. LOL I’m thankful for so many reasons that we didn’t have facebook back then!

    This looks delish, I’ve never cookied with farro before, either.

  14. Middle school really did suck a bag of you know whats. Especially 5th grade. Shudder.
    I love you and your awesome soup recipe though and I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  15. I feel your pain about being freakishly tall. It wasn’t easy being 6 feet tall in the 8th grade. I can only imagine how horrible middle and high school would’ve been with facebook! Thank god I missed that.

    Your soup look tasty. I’ve never tried farro before.

  16. Grades 7-8 were the worst for me. The absolute worst. I was a bookworm, awkward, and in a new school. It took me years to get my feet wet. Luckily, I wasn’t bullied or anything like that. Drama did get intense in high school, I thank my lucky stars we didn’t have Facebook back then. The rumor mill was bad enough.

  17. Middle school was HELL. It was bad enough dealing with people writing mean notes to pass back to one another, folded in weird origami shapes that I could never figure out – had there been Faceboook then I might not have made it out alive…

    I’ve not tried farro yet but I’m intrigued…Your stew looks amazing!

  18. As soon as popularity existed, elementary school was tough for me. I built up a strong outershell that got me through middle school, and then really found my niche with awesome friends in high school. PS: I’m glad you’re feeling better and love this stew! I made a veggie soup earlier this winter and added chickpeas and absolutely loved it!

  19. I like farro too! It is so versatile and makes a great side dish. Thank you for sharing the stew recipe, it looks delicious!

  20. Hey girly! I’m glad you’re feeling better!!! It’s about time šŸ™‚

  21. I like farro in stews, good that you are feeling better!

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