Simple Mushroom Risotto

This is the perfect recipe for a busy night because it takes minutes to prepare, and you’ll have enough for some lunch. It is also filled with amazing flavours and textures. Plus basmati rice is so fluffy and makes everything better! I don’t know if basmati rice qualifies as risotto rice, but this is still extra yummy.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of chopped cilantro, divided in two
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of red chili pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan (make sure it is deep enough), heat the oil on medium-high heat and stir in the mushrooms. Cook until they lost all their water and are starting to get a nice golden color.
  2. Add the rice and  mix over. Add the water, the nuts, the spices and half the cilantro. Keep on medium-high heat until boiling. After 5 minutes, turn down the heat to medium-low, a let simmer until all the water is absorbed by the rice. Taste and add salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in the other half of the cilantro just before serving.

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This is delicious! The spices and mushroom are a great combination, and the basmati rice is soft and light. It makes for a great side dish, but can really make a great meal on its own. Give it a try next time you are looking for a one-pan supper, and let me know how you like it!

Simple Curry (for busy nights)

This is the recipe I fall back on when I’m feeling like having some comfort food. It is very quick to make, looks impressive and is really delicious! It also makes for a great lunch!

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Here is what you need:

Part 1: The protein:

  • 1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein; I used big pieces. You can find this in Asian grocery stores or in health food stores.)
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp miso

Part 2: The sauce:

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tbp corn starch
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce

Part 3: The vegetables:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (you can replace this with some water)
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 zucchini squashes
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs garram massala

Here is what you do:

  1. Dilute the miso paste in the warm water and place the TVP in so that it can soak up all the water. Put aside.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients and put aside.
  3. In a large sauce pan, heat up the coconut oil, and stir the garlic and onion until golden and fragrant. Add the spices and give a good stir.
  4. Cut the zucchinis into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Mix well.
  5. Add the TVP and the remaining water and stir everything until well coated in spices.
  6. When everything is cooked and ready to serve, add the sauce ingredients and stir until the sauce becomes thick and glossy. Serve with warm rice or noodles.

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I really like this dish because I can pretty much make it with anything on hand: eggplant, chickpeas, mushrooms, tofu or even tempeh! It is also very easy to prepare and quite quick to make. It is supper flavourful and so comforting!

Let me know if you give it a try!