Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Kaiser Permanente's medical office building in Stockton, give a talk on the benefits of shopping at farmers' markets, and do a cooking "demo" -- really just mincing some garlic, dicing an onion, making a red wine vinaigrette, and doing the cherry tomato slicing trick. Present for this lunch time event was a reporter for the Stockton Record. This story ran today. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100624/A_NEWS/6240315
One of the discussion points was how easy it is to make an inexpensive, tasty, and healthy dinner for little money and time. Why spend $50 - $60 out for a family of four when you can make this great dish in about 20 minutes? I shared a version of this recipe a few years ago. It's an oldie but goodie. I find farro, a whole grain with a nutty flavor, a lot easier to cook than brown rice. It never sticks to the pan.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the farro and cook until chewy tender — maybe 15 minutes or so. Whisk the lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil together in a small bowl. Drain the farro. Toss it with the chicken, greens, tomatoes, and dressing. Season it to taste and enjoy. Save $35. Do this one extra time per week using various easy recipes. Multiply by 52. Put this number over your gross income and calculate the percent raise you gave yourself after taxes.