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How soon we forget…

…to make the things we love!

It only took one bite of farro to create a serious love connection. So why have I not made farro since March? GOOD QUESTION! Probably the same reason I hadn’t made pesto until this week…no good reason at all!

I once again made the Greek Farro Salad I love, but instead of purchasing bell peppers, I substituted in a TON of home grown cherry and heirloom tomatoes from my garden

Greek Farro Salad adapted from The Food Network

1 1/2 cups farro (dry), cooked
1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and diced
1 red bell pepper, large-diced
1 yellow bell pepper, large-diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced in half-rounds
1/2 pound 6 ounces feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved

For the vinaigrette:

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup 1/3 cup olive oil


Place the cooked farro, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Still whisking, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta and olives and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature. Serves 12 (3/4 cup per serving)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 243 calories; 15.4 g. fat; 505 mg. sodium; 20.9 g. carbohydrate; 2.4 g. fiber; 6.5 g. protein

Result: Just as amazing as I recall 🙂


I wanted to give a quick update accountability check on my 101 Days of Summer Challenge with Biz. My goal was to run 70 out of 101 days…at least 1 mile!

30 days in….hmmmm.

I have run 16 out of 30 days which is less than 4x a week. Ooops. I am not going to meet my goal at this rate….gotta step it up! I have, however, run an average mileage of 2.93 per run with only ONE run being 1 mile (+ a hockey game). If you remove the loner 1-miler, my average run is 3.06 miles. I exercised a total of 20 times, however — 15 runs, 1 run + hockey, and 4 days of 1-2 hockey games each. I just can’t seem to push through 2 games of hockey and THEN run. My longest run has been 5 miles this month.

Bring it on, July!


And do you know what tomorrow is?

The day before my birthday…yes. But, no! …Half-way to New Years! How are YOU doing on your New Years Resolutions for 2010? You didn’t forget about those, did you? 😉 Status update on my progress tomorrow!

Question: What’s your favorite form of exercise at the moment? And your favorite grain?

I leave you with some cuteness:

Well, maybe only a mother finds that cute 😉

Happy Hump Day!

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  1. June 30, 2010 / 5:41 am

    My favorite exercise right now are running intervals – love/hate relationship.

  2. June 30, 2010 / 5:49 am

    No exercise ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t judge me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. June 30, 2010 / 5:52 am

    What a great recipe!! I make a very similar dressing for my Greek Orzo Salad. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite exercise is yoga (bikram) I heart it ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I heart running too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

  4. June 30, 2010 / 6:08 am

    This farro salad would be a good one to serve at work!! I have to see if we can get farro through our distributor..sometimes they don’t have everything we want/need at the time.
    p.s. The homemade granola bars stick together VERY well, which is nice, because it is a small amount of honey/brown sugar..but trust me..they work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. June 30, 2010 / 6:33 am

    Oooh, I’ve never tried farro, but I’ve really been wanting to. I have to say, wheatberries are a favorite of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cute pooch pic!

  6. June 30, 2010 / 7:17 am

    Those tomatoes look so so good. I wish my balcony got enough light to grow tomatoes. Yum. Oh, and I love it when dogs do that fish leg thing. It’s hysterical!

  7. June 30, 2010 / 7:22 am

    I love wheatberries! And I have some right now and don’t know what to do with them…. have any recipes?? I usually eat them at Earth Fare where they are already prepared in a yummy little salad…

  8. June 30, 2010 / 8:08 am

    This recipe looks great Nicole and the tomatoes look so tasty! Lily is soo freaking cute!

  9. June 30, 2010 / 8:10 am

    Happy ALMOST birthday! So exciting. And, I can’t believe we are already half way to 2011. That’s crazy. I don’t like thinking about that. The years go by too fast!

    Favorite form of exercise? Walking, and yoga (two new faves)
    Favorite grain? Quinoa and oats!

  10. Mo
    June 30, 2010 / 8:24 am

    I’ve yet to try farro. =O

    My favorite exercise is doing various weight-training. It’s really ’cause I’m lazy and don’t like cardio that much. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I’m beginning to like biking more and more!

    My favorite grain… argh. Probably whole barley. There are tons that I’ve yet to try though. Next up is amaranth and millet (I’ve technically had millet before but it was in a TJ’s multigrain pilaf so I don’t think that counts haha). ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. June 30, 2010 / 8:30 am

    Happy almost birthday, Nicole! That farro salad is a beautiful bowl of goodness, it looks so fresh for summer! Lol, love that pic of Lily!

  12. June 30, 2010 / 9:09 am

    Yay – I love birthdays! Summer birthdays are so much fun, but then, I know I am biased. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your tomatoes look SO good, by the way. The fruits of your labor are paying off – literally!

    Hmmm….favorite exercise – I can’t choose, it’s a tie between spin and yoga right now. Two totally different things….but I really look forward to them both so much.

  13. June 30, 2010 / 9:38 am

    I cannot believe we are already halfway through the year. What makes it even more crazy for me is only a couple short weeks after the New Year I will likely have a baby in my arms. Wow! Perspective right there.

    As for my goals, I’m doing great. My goals were to trust God we would conceive our 2nd child, which of course happened. And also to just really enjoy life and focusing on health, which has been going great too.

  14. June 30, 2010 / 9:40 am

    You can totally make your goal! Totally!

    My fav form of exercise is running (obviously), but I do have to say- I’m starting to really like the elliptical now and we used to be mortal enemies!

  15. June 30, 2010 / 9:52 am

    Running…a no brainer huh? haha! That salad looks awesome! Perfect for summer and this crazy heat!

  16. June 30, 2010 / 10:13 am

    Great idea on the NY resolutions check in – I hope you don’t mind I am going to give an update too!

    Currently I am loving the combo of running, push ups and yoga. I am feeling extra strong and toned.

    You are doing a great job on the challenge – keep it up and you’ll be back on track in no time! I know you can do it ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. June 30, 2010 / 10:32 am

    What a beautiful summer salad! And halfway til New Years + almost your birthday!?!? Get excited ๐Ÿ˜€

    Right now I’m LOVING spin class and oats as usual – nothing new there.

    Enjoy your day!

    p.s. cutest butt ever.

  18. June 30, 2010 / 10:38 am

    The Farro salad does look yummy.

    That picture of Lily is cute in an odd kind of way.

    My favorite forms of exercise right now are bicycling and rock climbing…

  19. June 30, 2010 / 11:06 am

    The salad with fresh home grown tomato is the best!
    Right now I just enjoy walking in the morning but the hard exercise that give me sweat is always running around with my baby.

  20. June 30, 2010 / 11:20 am

    My favorite exercise is walking, and my favorite grain is quinoa, tho I believe technically it is not a grain. I love the texture ! Farro is also great- and if you enjoy it you would also enjoy wheat berries and rye berries, Same shape and same whole kernel thing, but both have different tastes. I like to mix whole wheat berries with steel cut oats and millet or brown rice in the crockpot for a multigrain hot cereal for winter mornings

  21. June 30, 2010 / 11:30 am

    Awww super cuteness :). I love apelt and oat groats mixed together. Need to try farro! I love running and it’s my form of stress relief but since it’s been a stressor lately with my Achilles pain i’ve been loving the variety from p90x as of late.

  22. June 30, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    hahaha adorable picture girl!!!!
    I want your GARDEN!! i love fresh veggies!

  23. June 30, 2010 / 1:24 pm

    Hehe, love Lily’s rump! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your Greek Farro Salad looks oh so yummy and delicious!!!!!!

    I don’t know how I’m doing on my NY’s resolutions (I kinda forgot what they were), but I’m scared to look, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do know that now that I’m pregnant all I really care about is having a healthy baby in December and doing my part to make sure that happens.

    Happy Almost Birthday!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have plans to be taken care of all day long!! You deserve it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. June 30, 2010 / 10:47 pm

    god i love greek salads, but how amazing with the faro added in there!!! simply amazing.. mm and tomatoes are always in stock in my fridge ๐Ÿ™‚

    hehe look at that bumpity bum bum <3

    .. well shake what ur mama gave ya right? lol xo

  25. July 1, 2010 / 9:41 pm

    I’ve never even tried feta but the salad looks good.
    My NYRs are obviously going well over all but have a few that are failing…the less important ones fortunately ๐Ÿ™‚

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