Risotto Primavera

I have been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. It is funny because both Cliff and I love vegetables but we don’t eat nearly enough. Every Sunday I go to the grocery store and load up on produce. But often times it just ends up sitting in the vegetable drawer. Often times, I am just too lazy to cook the vegetables and we will have raw vegetables with ranch dressing for dinner. That is ok, but I do like my vegetables cooked sometimes! So at the end of the week when I have a little bit of a whole bunch of vegetables left, I like to make risotto primavera. It is a great way to use up vegetables before they go bad. Cliff and I also like to eat a meatless dinner once a week. But we still like hearty meals. Again, this risotto is perfect.

Usually when I make risotto it is full of cheese and cream. Not the healthiest option out there. Tasty? Yes. Healthy? Not so much. But honestly, I am just not willing to go without risotto. I love it too much. So instead I load it with vegetables. I use 3 times the amount of vegetables as I do uncooked rice. I add no cream, and a very minimal amount of cheese. For us it is a good compromise. It is a filling meal for us and we get tons of vegetables. The best part is that it tastes just as yummy as my cream and cheese filled risotto. If you have never had risotto, then this is a perfect version for you to try. It is easy to adapt using your favorite vegetables. I think zucchini, spinach, grean beans, asparagus, and pearl onions would work really well. Let me know what combinations you come up with!

Here is what you will need

Saute the vegetables with a little olive oil. Anything with that many vegetables has to be healthy!

Melt the butter and saute with the garlic and shallot

Add the rice

Add the white wine

Once the wine has been absorbed, begin adding the chicken broth 1/2 cup at a time

I have added 3 cups of chicken broth. It is the perfect consistency.

Season with salt and pepper

Add the cheese

Add the sauteed vegetables and the frozen peas. Mix well. The peas will cook instantly.

See all those vegetables? Yum!


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