Leek, asparagus, and pesto risotto

February 27, 2014

I LOVE Risotto.  there are many recipes here!
this one is my, "i wish it was Spring already" risotto :)

2 leeks, washed WELL, tough green ends cut off, small dice
1 bunch of asparagus, washed, tough ends cut off, cut into one inch pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup arborio rice
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup prepared pesto, i have a great recipe on my "dense dishes" page, store bought will also work
juice from one lemon
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces cooked diced chicken breast (optional)

preheat oven to 350.  heat oil in large dutch oven over medium high heat.  add leeks and asparagus and sauté for 8-10 minutes.  add rice and toss around so all kernels get coated by oil.  add 3 cups of stock, stir around, put top on, and place in oven for 25 minutes.  take out and add last cup of stock, lemon juice, pesto, and parm, and stir for about 30 seconds.  add chicken if you like.  or you could add shelled edamame if you'd like some protein but prefer vegetarian.  

and let's hope Spring is on the way!!!


Creamy Sesame Butternut Squash Pasta

February 18, 2014

1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1/2inch chunks
1 square inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbsp tahini
Juice from one lime
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey 
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
1 tsp ground coriander
12 ounces pasta, dry
8 ounces cooked chicken, cut into 1/2 inch chunks

On stove top, heat up large skillet on medium...

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Breakfast for Brighan

January 15, 2014
who's Brighan?...you ask...that's me!!!

Brighan Lee :)

Here's my three favorite breakfasts right now…

1/2 cup egg whites
1 banana OR 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato or pumpkin
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 scoop whey protein (~2 tbsp/10 grams)
1 tbsp chia seeds
flavorings…a little cinnamon and/or vanilla extract
other additions…1 tbsp cocoa powder or cocoa nibs

put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  cook like a pancake (or put in waffle maker). makes one big one or two small.  top with...
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Creamy coconut risotto

January 8, 2014

2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1/2 onion, small dice
4 celery stalks, small dice
2 carrots, small dice
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 
1.25 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (14oz) coconut milk, i used light
1 tsp gound coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp tumeric
OR…you can use 2 tsp of a pre made curry powder, instead of the four spices above
1/2 cup chopped cliantro
juice from small lemon or lime
avocado (optional)

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta with Kale and Chickpeas

January 5, 2014

One jar (12oz) roasted red peppers
1/4 cup (1oz) sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup (1oz) walnuts
1 tbsp capers
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
2 cups (5oz) kale, roughly chopped
one can (14oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
12oz(dry) pasta of choice, I used brown rice spaghetti
feta cheese (optional) for topping

In a blender or food processor, combine peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, capers, and 1 tbsp oil, and puree until smooth and creamy, set aside.  At the same time, heat a larg...
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