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Spring Risotto with Leeks, Peppers & Arugula

You will find this recipe is not your traditional way of making risotto. I’ve tried the authentic Italian way of making risotto, and let me tell you, it’s a time consuming recipe.  Every time I have followed a risotto recipe I have had to stand over the stove and stir the risotto rice with broth in batches until the rice is cooked. This takes at least 30 – 45 minutes. 45 minutes of standing and stirring, sometimes even longer. I started to dread making risotto when the kids wanted it.

Then one day I decided to try an alternative way of making risotto. I wondered how is it that in restaurants risotto is at our table within minutes. It occurred to me that they must cook the Arborio rice in advance, and just add the veggies or seafood when we order.  I thought let me give that a try.

The next time I made risotto, I cooked the Arborio rice in broth in a pressure cooker – no stirring involved. Then when I was ready to make my risotto, in a separate pot I sautéed vegetables and just added them to the already cooked Arborio rice and mixed it all together.  The risotto turned out awesome. Because the rice is already cooked, the whole process of making risotto goes by much faster. Try my recipe for a quicker vegetable risotto and see if you like it as much as I do.

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Spring Herbs & Goat Cheese Fettuccini with Braised Sugar Snap Peas & Leeks

I asked Anjali to pick a bunch of herbs for a vegetable pot pie I was making and this is the basket she proudly presented to me.  These fresh picked herbs and lemons looked so beautiful that in addition to using them in the potpie I wanted to make another dish that would bring out the freshly picked herb flavors.

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The Joy of Herb Gardening

Growing herbs at home is one of the most satisfying gardening tasks there is, and it’s extremely easy too.  As beneficial as herbs are for all of us, what is many times overlooked is the joy that herb gardening brings even before we harvest these herbs for all their healthful uses. Within the large realm of gardening, herb gardening has its own therapeutic effects.

When you are outdoors working in the dirt taking care of herbs, planting, weeding and watching all the bugs, butterflies, and hummingbirds – any stress you have will seep away, even if it’s just for a few minutes you are one with nature.

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Mushroom Quiche on Whole Wheat Crust

Mushroom Quiche on Whole Wheat Crust:
makes 2 quiche pies

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole-wheat frozen pie crusts
  • 6 cups finely chopped mushrooms
  • 10 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 bunch chives finely cut about 2 -3 tbsp
  • 2 tsp dry herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano
  • 8 small sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Swiss gruyere cheese shredded
  • Olive oil

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Brussel Sprouts, Baby Spinach & Sugar Snap Peas in Herbed Coconut Broth

Brussel Sprouts, Baby Spinach & Sugar Snap Peas in Herbed Coconut Broth
4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups finely cut brussel sprouts
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas cut in halves
  • 4 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 medium onion finely cut
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 red chili (optional)
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 small sprig of rosemary
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp dry garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 block extra firm tofu drained and cut into cubes
  • 1 can 15 oz coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp oil

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Artichoke & Spinach Soup

This is an awesome soup that is refreshing, flavorful, super healthy, and very light. Artichokes give this soup a distinct flavor that comes through, and spinach adds some substance and colour. All you need is herbs such as thyme and oregano and a squeeze of lemon juice, and this soup will transport you to the Mediterranean. Here is the recipe.

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