Risotto with middle eastern flavour 

Earlier in the summer I ate in a stunning restaurant and cocktail bar in Dublin called Peruke and Periwig – which I reviewed for TheTaste.ie- the review is here:  http://thetaste.ie/wp/step-back-in-time-peruke-periwig-review-by-linda-coogan-byrne/ 

The customised Vegan dish that the chef prepared for me was delicious. I asked the him what he put on it and he drew up the entire ingredient list for me😁🌿 the main thing being a vegan or having a food intolerance is never being shy on being vocal about it when eating out. Most places will be happy to accommodate and those that won’t are usually the fatty food chains and basically those with lazy Unaccommodating chefs! It happens too! 

The Butternut squash risotto recipe below is one that will surely impress. I altered the recipe somewhat by adding almond milk to it to cook the rice as I feel it gives that lush creamy taste. There was also chilli in the main recipe. 

Recipe

2 cups of risotto rice (I used arborio)

4 cups of almond milk 

Cubed butternut squash 

Baby broccoli 

Baby carrot 

Fennel 

Gluten free vegan vegetable stock 

Sprinkle of Paprika 

Teaspoon of Turmeric 

Thyme

Teaspoon of Mixed garam masala spice

Directions:

Place the rice in a saucepan and pour the almond milk in bringing to the boil – then add the stock and spices, stirring every few mins for about 20-25 minutes. 

Once you have the rice starting to cook start on the veg: Boil the baby veg broccoli and carrots in a separate pot for about 10-15 minutes as you still want a crunch in them. 

In a saucepan, shallow fry about two cups of butternut squash cubes in coconut oil until start to brown and soft. For about 10-15 minutes. Add in chopped fresh thyme. 

Once the rice is cooked add in the butternut squash and mix. 

Strain the veg from the pot and time to serve up! 

Garnish with some fennel! 

Health benefits of this dish!! 🌿🌿🌿

Let’s face it- one of the biggest factors people have with being in line with every day nutrition is their lifestyle. Maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle can be hard at times, especially with a busy schedule that can leave you stressed and sapped of energy and wanting to eat bad food that will do your body no favours in the long run! 

During times like this, the temptation to reach for some coffee, tea or even an energy drink (no no no no), but there is a healthier option — arborio rice. A healthy combination of protein, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates are often the need of the hour, and arborio rice can give you all that in one tasty dish. A short grain rice, grown in Italy arborio rice is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins that help you stay healthy. Not only is it used for risottos, but also salads and curries that include good healthy hearty vegetables🌿🌿🌿Here are some health benefits of arborio rice. Carbohydrates! It’s jammed with them and gives your body energy. Protein! About 9grams per serving! It also has vitamins A and C! It’s a digestive aid! And will help clear bowels too!  It also aids in the transports nutrients from your digestive tract to other areas in your body by regulating the digestive processes your body goes through. 

Give it up for this risotto dish 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 enjoy! 

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