Because before the farro comes into the picture, the recipe has you roast canned tomatoes with herbs and garlic and olive oil on a low temperature for a long time.
And unlike choosing between colleges, you can say yes to more than one meal option—and there are many. Make a very big batch of these tomatoes on the weekend (I would quadruple it), and your week of meals just got more interesting without much added effort.
Sauté some onions and garlic in a soup pot, then add curry powder. Add coconut milk and a big spoon of the roasted tomatoes. Simmer and adjust to your tastes. Add whatever curry accessories that you like: the beans and greens you cooked over the weekend, tofu, lentils, peas, carrots, fish, and so on.
Cook a classic pasta e fagioli by substituting the canned tomatoes for your roasted ones. and the beans, pasta, and broth you have at your disposal. Shave some Parm on top.
Use it as a glaze on fish, like char. For a creamy marinade, stir the tomato into some mayo before glazing.
Tell us in the comments: What do you always have on hand to make sure you'll have a week of good meals?
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).