12 Mar2012

More Healthy Eating…

by Marketman

A green salad topped with some grilled squid and a farro salad with vegetables mixed in. Omit the squid and this would be completely vegetarian. Start with a bowl of kalabasa soup and it’s an extremely satisfying meal without the meat. I like vegetables a lot, but couldn’t do without any meat for long periods of time… but I must say that vegetarian dishes can and often do look stunning. The natural colors, the textures, the freshness are so appealing to the eye and the palate.

I have written about farro before, here and here, and for this salad, I boiled up some farro and waited for it to cool. Then I added in chopped roasted red peppers, chopped marinated artichokes, three kinds of tomatoes, haricots verts, olives, etc. and generous amounts of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some fresh lemon juice and chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve on its own, or as a side dish to fish or meat… very easy to do, and you can easily store it in the fridge and enjoy it for another couple of days. I haven’t found a source of farro in Manila yet, so I bring in several packages whenever I see it on trips abroad. But this would work nicely with good organic red or brown rice as well. Just make sure your rice isn’t too mushy or wet when you mix this all up.



  1. ssa-ssa says:

    Good morning, MM! I’m a long time lurker and must say that I enjoy reading your blogs a lot. I find comments section entertaining and educational. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences. :) I had a taste of Zubuchon this morning. A friend’s sister came from Cebu and she asked her sister to bring her a few kilos of Zubuchon. Knowing that I am a big fan of your site ( they are now “converts” of Market Manila:) ), she apologetically gave me a few piece and gave me details how to heat it. And wow… I promised myself that I will go to Cebu to to have a first hand experience of Zubuchon. By the way, do you still have the same process of ordering zubuchon to be pick up in Manila? http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/how-to-order-and-pick-up-your-airfreighted-zubuchon thanks!

    Mar 12, 2012 | 9:10 am


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  3. Mari says:

    Am loving all this posts…after our trip to the Philippines, we need to divert to healthy eating and lose some pounds we’ve gain. Thanks MM for the ideas and this would also come in handy on Fridays….

    Mar 12, 2012 | 11:35 am

  4. Betchay says:

    Looks delish! very colorful and appetizing,good for the coming Holy Week!

    Mar 12, 2012 | 11:47 am

  5. Marketman says:

    Ssa-ssa, yes ordering instructions and pick up for pal still as posted in that link, thanks!

    Mar 12, 2012 | 5:20 pm

  6. zena says:

    I haven’t tried faro but it looks a lot like pearl barley which I love. The nuttiness and chewiness makes it perfect for soup and as a cold salad. The former, perfect for winter and the latter, perfect for summer.

    Mar 13, 2012 | 8:58 am

  7. cwid says:

    Must make this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Mar 13, 2012 | 9:27 am


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