This shrimp and farro bowl is our replacement for a shrimp and rice bowl. When we started to incorporate more healthy grains, we tried farro and absolutely loved it. Also the textures of shrimp and farro together are divine. Farro is great to mix with protein and veggies because the grain size is larger and more substantial.
All About Farro
So what is farro? It’s an ancient wheat grain that has a nutty flavor and a great chewy texture. Cooking it is very similar to brown rice. The health value is much higher than any refined grain. One serving of farro has 5g fiber, 6g protein and vitamins like B3, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc. It also contains antioxidants. All in all for something that tastes so good, it definitely is a healthy addition to your diet if you’re not eating it already.
Shrimp and Farro Bowl
- 20 oz Shrimp
- 1.5 cups Farro
- 8 oz Yellow Wax Beans cut into 2″ pieces
- 2 Red Bell Peppers thinly sliced
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 Shallots finely chopped
- 2 Lemons zested and juiced
- 6 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 oz Arugula
- 1 sprig Mint Leaves chopped
In a medium pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil with the farro and a pinch of salt. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 35-40 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the red bell pepper and yellow beans. Cook for 7-8 minutes until tender. Add garlic to the pan and cook for another 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp to the pan used to cook the veggies. Add some more olive oil if necessary. Cook tossing 2-3 minutes until opaque.
In a large bowl, whisk the shallot, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
When the farro is done, add to the shallot dressing and toss. Add the veggies, arugula, shrimp, lemon zest, mint and a large pinch of salt and pepper.