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Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Bake with Farro

January 26, 2014 by Melanie Zook

This recipe was created by accident.  We had a head of broccoli that needed to go.  I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and really wanting that broccoli, rice & cheese casserole we all know & love.  But…we were out of rice.  We did, however, have a bag of farro.

So what is farro?  Italian for emmer wheat, farro is a whole grain with a soft texture & light, nutty flavor.  While it’s low in gluten, farro is not gluten-free.  But it’s full of fiber, protein, vitamins A, C & E, and the B vitamins as well.  It went well in this recipe and thanks to its versatility, can go well in other recipes too: soups, salads & even risotto-type dishes.