As the weather has gotten cooler in Australia and winter has begun, it is time to bring you some of my favourite winter recipes. I am a big fan of risotto dishes, but had never tried them with quinoa (instead of rice). Quinoa has become quite the staple in my household and on this blog (if you have not noticed).
I wondered if quinoa would work in risotto instead of rice and sure enough it does. So, for my first quinoa risotto dish, I decided to make Mushroom and Quinoa Risotto. The cooking method is very similar to the traditional version of risotto. It tastes fairly similar, maybe a little bit firmer, but I think the quinoa holds its texture a bit better than rice. So it really is a great substitute and one that I using again in my risotto dishes.
Mushroom & Spinach Quinoa Risotto
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine (organic wine is best, if you can find it)
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable stock (organic, natural or home made is preferred)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Nutritional yeast, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Heat large fry pan on moderate high heat and add oil.
- Add onion and cook for 3-5 minutes until soft and translucent.
- Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes or until soft.
- Add wine, sage and thyme and cook until the wine is fully absorbed.
- Add quinoa and stir for 1 minute.
- Add stock and reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 20 - 25 minutes or until the quinoa is translucent and tender.
- Add baby spinach and stir it through the risotto.
- Add nutritional yeast and salt and serve.
Note: If you are wondering what nutritional yeast is. It is a deactivated, cultured yeast that has a cheesy flavour. It is high in B vitamins and is gluten free. Nutritional yeast is popular amongst vegans and vegetarians. It is used in this dish as a substitute for parmesan. You can buy nutritional yeast as most health food shops and also online. I use Lotus Savoury Yeast Flakes in my recipe.
What is your favourite risotto recipe? Let me know in the comments below and I will look at it for a future recipe.
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