Spring Pea Risotto
Now that Spring is here, it is the perfect time to enjoy peas! Of course they are delicious and sweet if you get the fresh variety, but did you know that they are a good source of protein, help regulate your blood sugar, and have anti inflammatory benefits as well? So next time you are making a salad, toss some peas in! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a little bit more comfort food than a salad though, one of my favorite ways to enjoy peas, in a risotto! It is a simple and easy comfort food dish that can be whipped up in about 40 minutes. This recipe is completely vegan and gluten free, but it tastes like it has dairy in it thanks to a few special ingredients that add the flavors of cheese and milk. It is really delicious! It is great for serving either as a main dish or as a side for a Spring meal!
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
- In a medium pot over medium heat, cook the garlic and shallots in the avocado oil for about 5 minutes until softened.
- Add the rice, and cook for about a minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the sea salt and 1 cup of the water, the miso mixture and the nutritional yeast.
- Continue to cook the rice, stirring every few minutes, and adding another cup of water when the first has absorbed.
- When you have added all of the water, and the rice is tender and most of the water has absorbed (but not all of it, you want this to be a little liquid), add the cashew butter, peas and fresh herbs, and cook until the peas are heated through and the cashew butter has blended in.
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- Side Dish