Monday, March 10, 2008

Simple Risotto

Funny story. We were at the mall the other day and were at the exit getting the kids dressed to go back outside in the cold. Another Mom and her kid came up, who also paused to get hats, coats, and mitts on. Now, I was facing this mother, but Vegan Mom's back was turned and did not see that they were carrying Happy Meals from McDonalds. Vegan Mom then said, rather loudly, "What is that smell? Do you smell cat food, or something?" Ha ha. The truth was, it really did smell like cat food. Man, and I used to love McDonald's. Anyway, here is the recipe for the risotto from a few nights ago. It is relatively simple and easy and tastes great.

- 3 tbsp margarine
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 5 cups hot veggie stock
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 2/3 cup white wine
- 2 cups frozen green peas
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and saute onion for 3-4 mins, until translucent. Add in rice and stir for 2-3 mins.
2. Add in some of the stock (make sure it is hot) and cook, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed. Repeat, adding enough of the stock until rice is tender (should take about 20 mins).
3. Add peas and stir well, letting the peas thaw. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the nutritional yeast, and serve.


Romina said...

Hey Vegan Dad,
I was wondering what brand of Nutritional Yeast you use.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I love it! I am rolling in my chair laughing. I can't stand the smell of Mc Donalds or any fast food for that matter. I have wanted to make risotto for so long.I wonder what I can sub the white wine for. Any ideas? White grape juice may be too sweet.

lao80 said...

You're tagged.

Sharon R said...

I'm not a fan of McDonald's either.
I love peas and rice together and your recipe looks really good; I like to use your recipes because they're easy to follow as well. The only thing I don't have is the nutritional yeast (I'm wondering if it would make a huge difference in the taste).

Vegan Dad said...

Romina: I get my yeast at the bulk food store (Bulk Barn, a Canadian chain). I don't really like it, though, since as of late it has had a very strong roasted/burnt flavour. I am thinking of ordering some through the co-op.

Veg-a-nut: Just add more stock and forget the wine. It gives a more complex flavour, but is not needed to get the right texture. Don't they have de-alcaholized wines? Or are all those "sparkling" wines?

Sharon: Nutritional yeast is also optional. It gives a cheesy flavour and I use it instead of parmasean.

Lao80: this is the second time I have been tagged. I guess I should do the survey thingy. The people demand it!

Anonymous said...

I needed a good laugh this afternoon and your McDonald's story gave me just that! My husband and I used to eat it all the time, but now can't stand it either. The same goes for Taco Bell and Del Taco - shopping late one day we did not realize we were near a facility where they cook the meat mix up before sending it to individual stores. My husband asked me if I had seen an open dumpster nearby because it smelled like some meat had been thrown out and was rotting!
Rissoto looks great by way - love the peas in it - only way I can get the hubby to eat them!

Lisa said...

I've been lurking around your blog for a while, and just had to comment today! My cat used to eat dry food, and one day I was carrying a new bag of it into my apartment building. I was kind of annoyed that the hallway seemed to reek of McDonalds, but then really got annoyed when I could still smell it once I got into my apartment. And then I realized it wasn't McDonalds at all - it was the cat food I was carrying! It's amazing, but it really does smell like McDonalds. :)

Eesh said...

That was a great story! I just laughed out loud reading it. I just loved the innocence behind your wife's comment. I remember once when I was younger I was sitting in my grandmother's car and eating doritos. She suddenly said out loud. "What is that smell?? It smells like dirty socks!" and I stopped and said. "It's Doritos, it's food" but I never forgot that and ever since every time I smell Doritos I think of dirty socks lol.