I’ve always loved a good Risotto and usually use Arborio rice (which you can easily find at Whole Foods, Target or online on Amazon). But this time I wanted to try a different, healthier version. So I decided to use white quinoa (bought at Trader’s Joe from which this recipe is adapted). Personally I can’t do quinoa but plenty of my friends do and they absolutely looooved that recipe! So go ahead try it and let me know how you liked it.

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

 

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 oz Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup White Quinoa rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups Veggie broth kept warm in pan
  • 2 1/2 tbsp White wine
  • 1 Shallot diced
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan vegan
  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream vegan
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and saute until golden and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  2. Lower heat, add shallot and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Increase heat to medium and add the quinoa. Stir for about 3 minutes until quinoa is slightly toasted. Lower heat to a simmer. Add the wine and continue to stir until absorbed. 

  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of warm broth into quinoa and continue to stir and simmer until completely absorbed. keep stirring in broth 1/2 cup at a time until quinoa is creamy, about 20 minutes.

  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the vegan Parmesan, remove from heat, cover with a lid and let stand for 2 minutes.

  6. Stir in the mushrooms and vegan sour cream. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley on top.

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to use white wine, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar instead. For each cup of white wine, use 1/2 cup of ACV mixed with 1/2 cup of water.

This super quick and simple marinara is my favorite go-to recipe when I need to whip up a quick sauce. This yummy sauce uses pantry staples that you probably have on hand now. Great for pasta, pizza, rice, as a dipping sauce etc…Enjoy!

Quick Simple Marinara Sauce
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Unsalted Organic Diced Tomatoes (about 15oz)
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 medium Bay Leaf
  • 4 Fresh Basil leaves
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add garlic and onions and heat until the garlic becomes fragrant and just starts to sizzle, and the onion is translucent.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and reduce heat to low.

  4. Cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring often and adding water if necessary.

  5. Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and let it cool for a few minutes.

  6. Pour all in a food processor and mix until you get the desired consistency.

  7. This sauce can be kept 1 week in the fridge, after which you can freeze it.

Spicy Moroccan Carrots
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Medium carrots (peeled and sliced thinly)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Pickled lemon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil carrots for about 10 minutes. Once cooked, drain and set aside to cool down.

  2. In a cooking pan, drizzle olive oil. Add carrots, garlic, cilantro and all spices.

  3. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

  4. You can either serve it cold as a salad or warm as a side dish.