Asparagus & Faro Risotto

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $2.75
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2 cupsFaro or Spelt Grain
2 cupsAsparagus, bottom 2 inches removed and roughly chopped
2 LVegetable Stock
1/2 cupSundried Tomatoes, thinly sliced (if they are not packed in oil, soak in warm water for 5 minutes)
1Medium Onion, small dice
3 tbspFresh Parsley, finely chopped
1/2Lemon, juice
1/2 cupDry White Wine (optional)
1/2 cupPecorino or Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cupDried Porcini Mushrooms (optional)
1 tbspOlive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ‚ÄčIn a medium pot, bring your stock to a simmer. For even more flavour add some dried porcini mushrooms to your stock.
  2. In a large pot, over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onion, and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  3. Add faro grain and stir well, toast the grain for about 2 minutes. Add white wine (optional) or one ladle of stock. Stir well.
  4. Continue to add your stock to the faro until you have added it all, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover with a lid. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Add your sundried tomatoes and asparagus, place lid back one and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  6. To finish, add some grated pecorino cheese, lemon juice and parsley and season to taste.


  • ‚ÄčTo help you eat mindfully, ask yourself whether your hunger is physical or emotional. Are you eating because you feel physical hunger such as a rumbling in your stomach or you are feeling light-headed? Or are you feeling bored, stressed or lonely and are using food as a source of comfort?
  • If you eat as a response to emotional hunger, identify your triggers. Then come up with alternatives for what you can do to rather than eating. For example, calling a friend, taking a walk, or knitting might be healthy alternatives that work for you.
  • Before eating, try rating your physical hunger on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being ravenously hungry and 10 being stuffed full. Eat until you are an 8/10. Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that you are full, so eating slowly can help.