I love anything that is simple to make can even be thrown together by even the most “special” person in the kitchen. I can say this as my other half choses to have no interest in cooking, however, he can make this. Therefore I can qualify this as “idiot proof”!!
Baking risotto in the oven, takes away that attention that you have to give a risotto to get the right consistency. It is a no-brainer for any day or night of the week to throw together. It can be made vegan if you substitute the butter for olive oil and parmesan for nutritional yeast which offers that cheese substitute.
A recipe that will take under 30 minutes to make and only from a handful of ingredients. I drizzled this dish with homemade-homegrown basil pesto (find the recipe here tip*you don’t have to use almonds, but walnuts, brazil, hazelnuts all work the same) and stirred in some raw spinach leaves for extra vitality.
Pumpkins are wildly in season and are a staple in my pantry (I don’t really have a pantry, just like to think that I do!!) I always opt for an organic one as I believe that they taste so much better and they are not piled high with those pesticides which I am trying so hard to minimise in my life.
This recipe is filling, substantial and full of goodies for you, it is also cheap to make (probably under $5 for 2), kids will love it too. If you are opting for more vegetarian based dishes to go for this New Year. I am your gal! I have chosen this as one of my new years resolutions to eat more vegetarian style foods and save my meat dishes for special occasions.
Why is this dish good for you?
Pumpkin’s rich orange colour is due to its fat soluble pigment phytochemical known as a carotenoids (beta carotene – plant form of vitamin A – good for your peepers!), this is an antioxidant and can help reduce inflammation on the body. It is also a good source of fibre which is good for digestion and heart health. The potassium in pumpkins helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and a steady heart beat.
Red Onions are a great source of sulphur as well as similar properties to garlic, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. They are also good for your blood and circulatory system. A nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatain) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids. Did you know that by increasing quercetain foods in our diet can help relieve yourself of allergies!
Raw Spinach is a great leafy green packed with folate (healthy blood and coronary), vitamins A (eye health), C (immunity) and B6 (for protein metabolism) and potassium (fluid balance in the body)
Basil is a great alkalinising and detoxifying herb, rich with vitamin C to aid with immunity but also a great anti-inflammatory as well as nourisher of your digestion and help eliminated oxidising free radicals. According to this book, it is also taken as a restorative, stimulant and nerve tonic and is used also as a carminative and disinfectant.
Raw garlic is wondrous for nurturing your immunity. It is rich in vitamin C as well as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatain) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids.
Enjoy this one, I think you will