Recently, I have been quite a fan of my newly discovered oven-baked risottos. I think it is partly the ease of it all throwing it in the oven and having an outstanding dish that really took little effort at all.
On the menu today we have wild mushroom and thyme oven baked risotto. It is perfect for any night of the week and a great addition to add more meat-free dishes into your weekly plan (that’s even if you have one!)
I bought the mushrooms from my favourite ‘”mushroom man” at Carriage Works Farmers Markets (I think he calls himself the Fun-Guy!). These happen every Saturday and are open from around 8am.
Once you have tasted a selection of real mushrooms (I tried a selection of oyster, enoki & shitake mushrooms), the normal supermarket button mushrooms will taste bland and boring. They are a little more expensive than normal mushrooms, but the taste is worth every penny.
The thing I love most about this dish is it takes 30 minutes start to finish and you are left with a really fancy meal which would go really well with a big green salad to serve. Kids, adults, teens will all love this dish (that’s if they like mushrooms). Can be made vegan by substituting butter for olive oil and parmesan for nutritional yeast.
Why its good for you?
Mushrooms are a great plant based source of niacin (part of the vitamin B group) this has been known to help with anxiety and depression. They also contain the highest source of immune-boosting antioxidant ergothioneine which is an excellent defence against colds and flu.
Thyme is a great herb, it has a carminative effect on the body, brilliant for relieving irritability, dryness in the respiratory system (so tickly coughs add this to hot water with lemon & honey and you have yourself your very own natural lemsip!) and is great for treating gum disease and infections.
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! Did you also know that onions are a great source of pre-biotics, think of this as the food that feeds our good bacteria in the small intestine. With a healthy micro-biome you are more likely to feel and have better vitality.