Delicious, dairy free, strawberry Risotto

In 2012, I visited Lake Garda, Italy with my family. One evening, we dined at a beautiful lakeside restaurant, serving all the local specialties. As I spent the week eating pasta’s and pizza’s, I decided I would try something different, and ordered what turned out to be a beautiful prawn and strawberry risotto.

I decided to try and recreate a healthier option, and I am pleased to share with you that I managed to cook a tasty vegan risotto recipe. Being a dairy free risotto, this dish is low in fat and is a great comfort food. Although this recipe looks and sounds like a dessert, it is very much a savory dish, and is relatively simple to cook.

My vegan strawberry risotto
My vegan strawberry risotto

 

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Vegan Strawberry & Balsamic Risotto
Serves 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of vegetable stock
  2. 2 cups of risotto rice
  3. 1 cup of almond milk
  4. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  5. 1/2 white onion (or 1 small)
  6. 2 gloves of garlic
  7. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  8. 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  9. Keep the best looking strawberry for presentation!
Instructions
  1. Chop onion and garlic before adding to pan with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Saute until the onion is transparent.
  2. Add the risotto and continue to stir until the rice is no longer clear and some grains have started to turn golden.
  3. Add 1 cup of stock and continue to stir until the risotto has soaked it all up
  4. Once evaporated, add the second cup of stock and repeat as above
  5. Add the almond milk and continue to stir until like the stock, it has been soaked up by the rice
  6. Add the chopped strawberries and balsamic
  7. Continue to stir and serve when there is no liquid left in the pan, garnished with you favorite strawberry
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If you have cooked risotto before, you will notice that I have exchanged cream or cows milk for almond milk, which contains a lot less calories and gives a nice sweet flavor which works really well with the strawberries. There is also no butter used here, and I have used coconut oil as opposed to olive oil. Strawberries are full of anti-oxidants, and are an excellent source of vitamin C & K.

Had you heard of this dish before? Let me know! I am off now to enjoy mine πŸ™‚

Jess x