Category Archives: Grains

Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut and Rosemary Fig Polenta

This is a delicious, easy, guest-worthy entrée that I rely on to impress friends or celebrate small victories.  It looks and tastes more complex than the 9 ingredients would lead you to believe.  We were overdue to have our lovely neighbors from across the street over for dinner AND we had fresh truffles on hand from the Oregon Truffle Festival, so this was perfect. Continue reading

Mid-Winter Root Vegetable, Kale and Farro Salad

If your New Year’s Resolution was to eat more vegetables, this is your dish.  The beauty of this salad is that it works with any root vegetables you have laying around.  Root vegetables are winter menus’ best allies.  They are delicious, long lasting, versatile, and really good for ya.  Variations of this dish can (and should) include parsnips, turnips, potatoes, beets, yams, sunchokes, and any and all onions.  Farro is one of my favorite whole grains and contributes lots of chewy texture and nuttiness, but it can be hard to find if you don’t have a natural foods store near you.  Any cooked grain or legume would serve as an acceptable stand-in:  bulgur, barley, lentils, quinoa, beans, or wild rice are all worth experimenting with.  Potential heaviness of this recipe is offset by kale, lemon zest and juice, and pomegranate seeds.  Finally, if a hearty portion of this salad isn’t enough to satisfy you, serve it alongside any simply grilled meat. Continue reading