i didn't have the fennel, and sauteed my veggies, put over the farro then sprinkled with ponzu sauce. (no cheese) it was really good, and felt like we were eating healthy. i used: carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, peas and the butterbeans. i know some reviewers don't like you to post when you change the recipe up a lot, but that's what cooking is all about, and i read all reviews and get good ideas from others. so try this!!!!! the basic idea is great, and you can really make a variety of quick meals.