By Rebecca Longshore
June 24, 2014
Rachel's Farro Salad

“I don’t have the time to cook at home" has quickly become one the most common phrases I hear from my contemporaries these days. Whether you’re a recent post-graduate starting a new job or a mom of three, in the midst of the balancing act of life, it seems like cooking at home and eating healthy slips between the cracks. I would be willing to bet the people who claim that they don't have the time to cook, actually do they just don’t know where to begin.

Farro Salad with Cherry Tomato, Onion, and Almond

It all starts with a plan. If you boil down what you want to eat for the week, make a grocery list, and put in a little bit of prep work on Sunday night, cooking throughout the week will be just as easy as going out to eat. Bonus! You’ll save on money and calories.

Parsley-Farro Salad

One of my favorite meals to make for the week is a batch of whole grains. From quinoa, to gluten-free pasta, to whole grain brown rice, they are each a blank canvas for so many delicious dishes. Other great whole grains that deliver hearty meals are whole grain pasta and farro. Farro is perfect hot for breakfast, or cold thrown in salads, and though it doesn't offer as much protein as quinoa, it is long to digest, gives you long lasting energy, and keeps you satisfied and full. If you don’t want to use farro, quinoa is a great substitute in all of these recipes.

Take an hour Sunday night, go the grocery store with this list, make a batch of farro or quinoa, and pre-slice your veggies. Then you can make these four recipes out of this one shopping list for the week— the perfect solution to lunch and dinner. Give it a try and see if you have the time you thought you didn’t before.

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What you’ll need:

Farro, Cherry, and Walnut Salad

Uncooked farro (or quinoa)Pitted sweet cherriesCelery3 LemonsCherry tomatoes4 Garlic cloves2 Red onions4 CucumbersBasilParsleyMascarpone Cheese (or whipped cream cheese)Mixed nutsFrom your pantry you’ll need:

Dijon mustardHoneySaltPepperSherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

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