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Green Curry Risotto


2 1/2 cups Butternut Squash [chopped into bite size pieces]
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Sweet Onion [medium, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups]
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Tbs Ginger Root [fresh, peeled + minced]
1 cup Arborio Rice
1/2 cup Dry White Wine
14 oz Coconut Milk
2 1/4 cups Vegetable Broth
2 Tbs Thai Green Curry Paste
1/2 cup Basil [fresh, chopped]
3 springs Thyme
1/2 Tbs Oregano [fresh, chopped]

Steam or pressure cook the butternut squash until very tender. In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk + vegetable broth to a gentle simmer and hold over low heat.

Meanwhile, saute onion, garlic + ginger in olive oil for about 10 minutes, until onions are softened. Add rice + toast, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Add half a cup of wine + cook, stirring frequently, until the rice has absorbed all the moisture. Continue to cook the rice, adding 3/4 cup of coconut broth as it is absorbed.

Stir the curry paste into the last cup of broth until well mixed. Add the cooked butternut squash + herbs with the last cup of coconut broth to the rice. Stir all the ingredients together gently + adjust the salt if necessary. Cook another couple minutes, then allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Pumpkin Buckwheat Risotto


1 cup Onion [chopped]
4 Garlic Cloves [minced]
8 oz Crimini Mushrooms [sliced]
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbs Butter
1 cup Kasha [roasted]
2 cups Vegetable Broth
Sea Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbs Oregano [fresh, chopped]
2 cups Pumpkin [roasted, chopped into 1″ cubes]

Roast pumpkin till tender, but not mushy. [A whole pumpkin will take 30-60 minutes, at 400 degrees F, depending on its size.] Chop.

Heat oil + butter in a large pan with a lid. Saute onion until translucent, about 10 minutes, seasoned lightly with salt + black pepper. Add garlic + mushrooms and saute until the moisture from the mushrooms has released and evaporated, about 10 minutes. Stir in kasha, making sure to mix well so groats are covered with oil. Add vegetable broth, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed + kasha is tender.

Stir in pumpkin and oregano, reserving a small amount for garnish.

Spanish Breakfast Stew

1 medium Sweet Onion [chopped, 2 cups]
5 Garlic Cloves [minced, 2 Tbs]
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
10 Roasted Piquillo Peppers [skins, stems + seeds removed, chopped]
14 oz Canned Tomatoes [diced in juice]
1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
1 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika
1/2 tsp Fresh Oregano [chopped]
1/4 tsp Fresh Thyme

4 to 8 Eggs [free range]
1/4 cup Fresh Parsley [roughly torn]
1 loaf Rustic Bread [crusty on the outside, soft inside]

This stew is ideal for breakfast. Make the night before and allow to cool overnight. The flavors with blend nicely and make the morning preparation very quick. If you want to make it in the morning, just skip the cooling + reheating steps.

Heat olive oil to medium in a medium saucepan with a lid. Saute onions + garlic, seasoned with salt + pepper until very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Do no allow to brown. Add peppers + paprika, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, thyme + broth and bring to a gentle boil. Allow to reduce over a low simmer for 15 minutes. Juices should just thicken. Allow to cool covered overnight.

When ready to serve, bring stew to a gentle boil. Make a cup within the stew by pushing aside the tomato and pepper chunks. Crack an egg into the prepared spot in the stew. Repeat with 3 more eggs making sure that they are separated enough that their whites do not touch. Allow eggs to poach for about 5 minutes until whites are set. Scoop eggs from stew. Repeat with remaining 4 eggs if desired.

Serve eggs in a shallow bowl over a large spoon full of stew. Top with parsley + serve with bread.

*This recipe won Editor’s Choice for GOOD Magazine’s Crowdsourced Cookbook: Comfort Food Edition! Check out the cookbook here.*

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