Food Time – A Many Mushroom Risotto

I don’t know if you knew this about me but I LOVE mushrooms. I think they are one of the greatest things out there, cooked, raw, mashed into a paste anyway you can think it up I want to eat them. So a couple of weeks ago during a meal prep day I decided to make some delicious Many Mushroom Risotto, and it was so tasty!   Just for the fun of it I made this one vegan and trust you don’t lose any of the delicious creaminess or flavour you would get had I used butter and cheese, plus it cuts the fat/calorie content so it ends up being a super healthy meal.

Enough talk, I am sure you are all salivating so here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Many Mushroom Risotto:

Serves 8-10 as a main meal

mushroom risotto1.5 cups Arborio rice
2 tbsp oil (I used grape seed oil it’s better for frying)
4 cups Vegetable stock (I use homemade, but if you need to get store bough get organic)
1 small Yellow Onion, diced
3 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
3 Leeks, white and light green parts chopped
1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
4 sprigs of Thyme, finely chopped
1 Portobello Mushroom, diced
*4oz (250g) Cremini Mushrooms, diced
*4oz (250g) Oyster Mushrooms, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Prepare all ingredients so that you can easily toss them in, a lot of stirring is involved and you don’t want to let your risotto burn because something wasn’t already chopped up.

2. Heat half the oil in a large skillet or stew pot.  Once oil heats up add in all of your mushrooms, cook them down until they are soft 5-7 minutes.  Once cooked remove and set aside.

3. Add other half of oil to pan and heat, once heated add in leeks, onions and garlic cook for 2-5 minutes until the onions become soft and translucent.

4. Add in arborio rice stir in dry rice for about a minute to coat with all the juices that are going on in the pan.  Add in 1 tbsp of lemon juice, stir until evaporated.

5. Add 1/2 cup of broth to the rice mixture and stir until completely absorbed, then add in another 1/2 cup of broth.  Continue this until all of the broth is gone, stirring constantly. This should take 20-25 minutes and is a great arm workout, for one arm at least.

6. Once all broth is added into the mixture add the cooked mushrooms, fresh thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined and serve immediately.

*these sizes are just one prepackaged container of mushrooms, also if you want to add more go for it, it will be super delicious!

Let me know what you think of this recipe.   I hope to be back blogging on a regular basis shortly.  School is starting to calm down (not really but I keep telling myself this) and my work and life schedule is starting to actually find a nice balance.  I hope to bring you more updates, workouts, yoga routines and recipes soon.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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Food Friday Has Arrived

Luckily this recipe really turned out well and I was able to mix two of my favourite vegetables mushrooms and brussel sprouts. So before we get into the recipes I am going to share some of the wonderful things I have learnt about brussel sprouts, besides their delicious flavour of course. Brussel sprouts are awesome because:

  1. they are a cruciferous vegetable which means they have amazing cancer fighting goodness in them, similar to kale;
  2. each serving of brussel sprouts (about 4 sprouts or 1/2 cups) has 2 grams of protein which is pretty great for a vegetable; and
  3. they give oranges a run for their money when it comes to vitamin C levels, so put them on your list of foods to eat when you are feeling under the weather.

Miso Glazed Brussel Sprout and Mushrooms:

Makes 6 servings
Time: approximately 50minutes


Ingredients:

1.5 cups brown rice
2 1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 block of extra firm tofu
1 lb Brussel Sprouts
12 oz Mushrooms ( 4 oz Shitaki and 8 oz Cremini)
1 Onion diced
2 cloves of crushed Garlic
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Rosemary chopped
3 tbsp Oil (olive or peanut)
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Miso
1 tbsp Water

prep tofu mushroom

  1. Begin by removing access water from the block of tofu and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add rice and broth to a broth cooker, should take approximately 40minutes.
  2. While that is happening trim and quarter the brussel sprouts, place them in a bowl large enough for tossing. Once all brussel sprouts have been trimmed at 1 tsp of oil and sprinkle with 1 tsp of chopped rosemary. Mix well and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Place brussel sprouts in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes watching them so they don’t burn. There is no need to flip the sprouts, unless you feel they may burn.
  4.  While the brussel sprouts cook prepare the other ingredients, chop onions, dice mushrooms, and dice tofu into small cubes. Set prepared vegetables aside and whisk together oil, balsamic vinegar, miso and rosemary for the glaze. Once all ingredients have mixed together add water and continue whisking until glaze is thoroughly combined and set aside.
  5. Heat a large frying pan to medium high heat. Place tofu in oil-less pan and dry fry approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Once brussel sprouts are ready remove from the oven and place in a medium sized bowl. Add tofu to same bowl once it has finished cooking.
  7. Lower heat on pan to medium and spray light with oil. Place onions and cook until they become translucent (about 3-5 minutes) at this point add in mushrooms. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until juices begin to escape from the mushrooms. Add in tofu and brussel sprouts and top with miso glaze. Mix well to be sure everything is properly coated. Allow to sit and absorb flavours storing periodically for another 5 minutes.
  8. Plate by layering brussel sprout and mushroom mixture on top of rice, serve immediately.

*if you like a little extra sauce I would recommend doubling the quantities in the glaze.

final product supper final product supper 2

Information on brussel sprouts was obtained from Leslie Beck RD and Foodland Ontario