1⁄2 cup farro, soaked in water in refrigerator overnight (TIP: Soak farro in enough water to cover.)
4 zucchini, trimmed and halved lengthwise
12 oz lean ground turkey
1⁄2 cup diced yellow onion
4 tsp dried oregano
1 cup seeded and diced plum tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped, plus additional for garnish
2 tbsp unsalted pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds)
1 1⁄2 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 475°F. Drain farro and transfer to a medium saucepan with 11⁄2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes, until tender. Drain excess water.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, bring 1 inch water to a gentle simmer. Add zucchini and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Remove zucchini from skillet and with a small spoon, scrape out and reserve flesh. Place zucchini skin side down in an 8 x 10-inch baking dish.
Drain water from skillet and wipe dry, then heat on medium-high. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. Add onion, oregano and reserved zucchini flesh and reduce heat to medium. Sauté, stirring often, until turkey is almost cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in farro, tomatoes and vinegar and sauté for 2 to 3 more minutes; stir in 3 tbsp basil. Spoon mixture into zucchini halves. Top with pepitas and cheese and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese melts. Garnish with additional basil.
TIP: Didn’t soak your farro overnight? Simply cook as directed, but simmer for 20 more minutes.
Always choose your carbohydrates carefully to keep your energy levels steady. Here, we’ve chosen whole-grain farro as the base of our scrumptious pilaf – it contains fiber as well as iron, a mineral that’s essential for your body to make hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to your body’s cells.