If you have cooked grains on hand, this simple, comforting side dish comes together in just 15 minutes. It works with regular or reduced-fat cream cheese—use whatever you have on hand.

This recipe was developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. Have a comment, question, or idea? Email Kate at healthycook@cspinet.org.

Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1½ Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 3 Tbs. cream cheese


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Sauté the mushrooms until browned, 5-7 minutes. Season with the soy sauce.
  2. Stir in the scallions and farro. Remove from the heat and add the cream cheese, stirring to melt and combine.

Nutrition Information

Per serving (¾ cup):

  • Calories: 220
  • Total fat: 8 g
  • Sat fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 30 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Total sugar: 3 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Sodium: 270 mg