Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Pearled farro is a fine sub for brown rice. While hearty, pearled farro isn't a whole grain; unpearled, whole-grain farro cooks in about 30 minutes.
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup farro and 1 cup shrimp mixture)
1. Cook farro according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
2. Combine soy sauce and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch with a whisk until smooth.
3. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil; swirl to coat. Add ginger, shrimp, and garlic; stir-fry 3 minutes. Remove shrimp mixture from pan. Return pan to high heat; add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add onion, bell pepper, and asparagus; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture, stock, and 1/2 cup water to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp mixture and basil; cook 1 minute. Serve with farro.