Mixed Grains with Tofu, Lemon and Arugula

This earthy meal is a mash-up of several stand-out dishes that have found their way into my life as of late. This vegetarian main course offers whole grains, plenty of fiber, protein and did I mention that it’s delicious? The kind of dinner that is initially met with wrinkled noses and grumbling, it somehow manages to disappear. And then there are requests for seconds. Yeah, it’s pretty tasty.

  • 3/4 cup farro, soaked (see tips)
  • 1/2 cup wild rice blend
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 15 oz. package extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 oz. arugula
  • In a large saucepan, combine the farro, wild rice blend, water, dried mushrooms, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow it to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Water will be mostly absorbed. Test a bite to make sure the grains are softened, but still have a bit of tooth to them. Remove grains from heat and cover saucepan, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. If any excess water remains, drain it. Place grains in a large bowl with the tofu. Allow to stand while preparing the dressing.
  • For the dressing, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the black pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the grains and tofu and toss. Add the parsley, tarragon and arugula. Serve.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. To soak the farro, place it in a small bowl and cover it with water. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before proceeding. I did this while gathering the other ingredients for the recipe.
  • 2. This meal is great served right away, but you can also refrigerate it for lunches or my personal favorite – a picnic!
  • 3. If you are worried that your children will not eat this meal with the greens mixed in, set a small portion aside once you’ve mixed the grains, tofu and dressing. They may be more willing to taste it with no traces of green.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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