I know I have you intrigued here….
Since my return, I’ve had a great time catching up with some of my favorite blogs! And Nicole‘s new found love for Arborio Rice didn’t go unnoticed…. Reading her post made me crave risotto like never before. Well, during the holidays, I had for the first time risked myself at making risotto. I used the basic risotto recipe from Giada de Laurentis’ EveryDay Italian cookbook and it was a success! I don’t usually worry about eating healthy ALL the time, especially when risotto is involved. But after a week on an american diet (mix of burgers, mexican food, Starbucks pumpkin bread and way to much beer…) and airplane food, I knew a classic risotto would leave me feeling even unhealthier. Yet I couldn’t get that creamy cheesy taste off my mind!
That’s when I got a revelation! Risotto doesn’t have to be made with rice (or even worse: white starchy rice). I am pretty sure many of you have already thought of it and created your own healthier versions of risotto. But this was a big moment for me: I could have the delicious, creamy and decadent taste without the guilt! Wow, I had to get to work. Immediately.
Mushroom Quisotto with Veal Scallopine and Broccoli:
- 2-3 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
- 5 ounces white mushrooms chopped or sliced
- 3/4 cups of quinoa or quinoa/amaranth mix
- 1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
In a small saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Cover and keep hot over low heat.
In a medium saucepan, heat up 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Add the onions and sauté until tender but not brown. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender. Add the quinoa until coated with the olive oil. Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed. Continue cooking the quinoa, adding the broth 1/4-1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until the quinoa is tender and the mixture is creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve with pan seared veal cutlets and steamed broccoli and you’ve got one happy husband (especially if you are married to the kind that relies on cereals and cans of tuna while you are away)! If I dare saying so myself, it was DELICIOUS!
Have you ever created a healthy risotto recipe? Please share!