Vegetable Risotto

Another reason why I like Ecuador so much is that they think like I do. They help me think. They help me find creative solutions. Don’t have money to buy things to fix your house? That’s barely a consideration. What’s the solution for so many problems? Rocks. How do you prop a door or shutters open? Get a dang beautiful rock from outside your house. That would be for sale in the States! How to line your garden or walkway? Paint the rocks a brilliant white. Can’t find your hammer? Use a rock. Got a find a hard ball to lay on and take the spasmed muscle out of your back? Use the best rock. Rocks.
Recipe of the Day – Vege Risotto
-1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
-1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced
-2 c. peeled, seeded, and diced
butternut squash (about 1 pound)
-1 T. chopped fresh rosemary
or thyme
– 6 c. vegetable stock
-½ c. dry white wine
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 c. chopped onion or shallot
-1 c. brown rice
-½ c. almond or coconut milk
-2  T.  tahini
-¼ cup nutritional yeast
-Juice of one lemon
Sea salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Place the carrot, parsnip, and squash in a large
bowl with the rosemary. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with
salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet in a
single layer and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until soft
but not mushy.
3. Combine the stock and wine in a small saucepan
over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce the
temperature to medium low.
4. Sauté the garlic, onion, and rice in a large nonstick
pot for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the rice starts to toast.
5. Add 1 cup of the simmering broth-wine mixture to
the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid
is mostly absorbed. Continue adding the broth 1 cup
at a time, stirring as it is absorbed, until the rice is
tender and creamy, about 40 minutes.
6. Add the milk, tahini, nutritional yeast, lemon juice,
and mirin, and cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in the
roasted veggies. Season to taste with salt and
Word of the Day – rocas – rocks
Tip of the Day – Get your stons from the river, if you can. My workers seem to palpably enjoy going to the river to get rocks for a project. And they’re so beautiful!
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