Butternut Squash Farro with Roasted Carrots


This farro recipe is a copy cat of Dig Inn's farro bowl base. If you're not familiar with Dig Inn, it's this lovely fast casual food restaurant that's basically a Chipotle but serves whole foods in healthy bowls. This farro is one of their seasonal offerings and is delicious topped with any of their roasted vegetable side options + the crispy tofu protein. Last time I ordered it, I decided to try to make my own version!


Here, I topped it with some maple roasted carrots because these carrots baby just looked so darn pretty! And maple roasted carrots couldn't taste more like fall, could they?!


This was my first time trying to cook farro and it was pretty easy to make! It takes a little bit longer than quinoa but is a heartier base and has a more starchy texture. Plus, it's high in fiber and protein (a vegan's dream), and provides iron, magnesium, B vitamins, and zinc. I'm feeling healthier already. 


Who needs take out when you can eat in the comfort of your own home? And feel good about yourself for saving money and making healthy choices while you're at it?

Ingredients
Carrots:
8-10 small carrots, peeled
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
Dash cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt

Farro:
1 Tbsp olive oil, plus drizzle
1 cup farro
1 cup frozen diced butternut squash
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley, plus garnish
salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium flame. Add celery and onion to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until just softened. Next add frozen butternut squash and cook an addiitonal 1-2 minutes or until the squash has defrosted. Pour in farro and 2 cups of boiling water and stir to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the farro is soft and tender.
3. Meanwhile, mix 3 Tbsp olive oil, maple syrup, cayenne, and salt in large mixing bowl. Toss carrots in the oil+syrup mixture until even coated. Place carrots on a parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure they don't touch each other. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway, or until fork tender and nicely browned.
4. When the farro is finished cooking, drain any remaining water and add parsley, a drizzle of olive oil, a heavy pinch of salt and some fresh cracked pepper, and stir to incorporate. Serve carrots over farro with parsley for garnish.

Serves 2



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