Emma, the founder of Pure Vida has kindly sent in her autumn risotto recipe for you to enjoy!
Pure Vida is a former cafe, restaurant and yoga studio based in Waterlooville, which is now operating as a pop up business providing catering to private events, dinner parties, take away nights, meal prep and cake orders.
Autumn Butternut Squash Risotto
Ingredients: 300g arborio rice - 1⁄2 large butternut squash diced into
small chunks - 2x small peppers (I used yellow & green) - 2 cloves
minced garlic- 1x diced onion - 1 1⁄2 lite veggie stock - 1⁄2 tsp thyme &
basil - 1 slice vegan cheese (optional) - Parsley - s&p to season - oil -
Lay your ingredients out in front of you and take a moment to
appreciate and recognise how far these ingredients have travelled to
be with you. Admire the beauty, colour and flavour. The effort and
energy to grow and produce them. Say a big thank you from the
heart. Try to keep the mind clear while cooking and think of positive
affirmations while stirring the dish. For example you can say, this
food will replenish and help energise my body. I am calm, loved and
happy, I am grateful for the abundance of beautiful food and people
in my life.
Heat a large frying pan with some oil. Add onions and season with
s&p. Allow to cook for 11 mins. Add your peppers then garlic, stir
well, cook for 5 mins. Add your butternut squash and cook for
another 11 mins to soften. Add basil & thyme. Make a well in the
centre to melt the butter in then add your risotto rice. Stir well,
allowing the rice to toast lightly for a few mins. A ladle at a time add
the stock. It's really important to keep stirring the dish at this point
so the rice does not stick. Be sure to make sure your stock is hot!
This is also very important. Keeping the heat low so it doesn't burn,
stir, adding more stock once the previous ladle has absorbed into the
rice. At your last ladle you can add your cheese and s&p to season
the dish to your taste. Sprinkle over some parsley. I finished mine
with some sunflower seeds.
Enjoy! For a step by step tutorial for this
recipe you can find it on my facebook & instagram page
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