homemade vegetable risotto

Today I made a homemade risotto inspired by the “spanish rice” that I sometimes buy packaged in boxes for a quick meal. I think this is even tastier, just as easy, and it is a geat way to get in your daily organic veggies at an affordable price. Vegetable risotto makes a great side dish to any meal, and even my kids like to eat it. (They especially like it with the feta cheese added, although I admit they do like lots of veggies and they’ve even been known to complain if I made pizza that DIDN’T come with a side of spinach…) I’ll take my blessings where I can get ’em!

What you’ll need:

1 cup organic white long-grain basmati rice
1 cup tomates, chopped (I love mini roma tomatoes sliced in half)
6 small collard leaves, carefully washed and chopped, or 4 large leaves (roughly 1 cup tighly packed)
1 carrot chopped
1 stalk celery chopped                                                                                             

1 shallot (or small onion) chopped
2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp organic garlic powder
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 cup sheep feta (optional)
4 Tbsp canola or olive oil (just enough to coat the bottom of your pot)
2 and 1/2 cups water

Start by chopping the veggies and then adding the shallot and oil into a pot and sautee for a few minutes until translucent. Add in the spices and salt, and let cook far another few minutes. Add in all the chopped veggies, stir, then add in the rice and water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes covered, until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Turn off heat and let cool with the lid still on for 5 minutes, then toss with crumbled feta cheese, and serve. Makes about 4 large servings, and it works really well as a leftover lunch, especially when served with a side of scrambled eggs.

Hope you enjoy 🙂


About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at http://chanalaila.bandcamp.com and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chanalaila
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