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Vegan butternut squash risotto

butternut squash risotto

Sometimes the simplest of things are the best! When your pantry is overflowing with pumpkins and squash in the fall and you can’t stand the smell of pumpkin spice any more, this simple risotto might be the perfect dish for you. It really brings out the creamy and savoury-sweet flavor of butternut squash and works perfectly as a side dish in a cozy fall dinner or makes a satisfying main course with a crisp salad on the side. By the way, if you don’t want to or can’t use white wine, simply replace it with the equal amount of vegetable broth.  Continue reading

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Fennel risotto with lemon and white beans

fennel white bean lemon risotto

I love a big bowl of hot and creamy risotto – it warms you just like a soup on a cold fall or winter day, but is more filling and so more satisfying for a hungry stomach. And it’s really easy to make and extremely versatile since you can add pretty much all kinds of veggies you have at hand. You can also mix several vegetables or legumes in your risotto – just like fennel and white beans. To add a little extra flavor, I added some lemon juice and zest, which really took the dish from ‘good’ to ‘wow’.  Just make sure to add the lemon right before serving, this way you get the best and most intense lemon flavor.  Continue reading

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Pink delight: Delicously creamy beet root risotto

Beet root risotto

Beet roots have a tendency to polarize – I am pretty sure I know as many people that absolutely loath them as ones who simply love their earthy, slightly sweet flavour. I am definitely a member of the second category – especially in the winter season, I eat beet root at least once a week. They are a perfect ingredient for soups, salads, or other hearty dishes, and you can even use beet root puree to add some (natural) colour to cakes and desserts!

The only downside of beet root is the vibrant, pink colour it leaves just everywhere – on your fingers, chopping boards and – with bad luck – on your clothes. To reduce the pink mess, I usually buy precooked and already peeled beet roots, even though I mostly prefer to use fresh veggies as much as possible.

On the upside, you get brightly coloured dishes in the end, that will look just amazing on your dinner table – perfect if you want to impress someone or simply want to treat yourself! The vibrant red-pink of this risotto will pop even more if you use white plates or pair it with something in a complementary colour, which is why I served lamb lettuce with a light soy yoghurt dressing along with it. Just remember, you eat with all senses – even with your eyes. Continue reading

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Sushi course part 2: Inside-out rolls with white rice

Sushi course part 2 inside out rolls

So, I hope you all mastered part one of my little sushi course and are now experts in making maki rolls? Then it’s now time for a new challenge: inside-out rolls! These are a little more difficult to make (though we will use some kitchen foil to make it easier), so if you want to give them a go, maybe it’s best if you give the maki rolls a try first for practice. Since we need the rice to be more sticky than for the makis, I recommend using white rice for these. You can use whatever vegetable you like for the filling, I used ball pepper, carot, cucumber and beet root for the ones pictures above. Continue reading

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Fried vegetables in peanut sauce with rice

vegetables in peanut sauce

This dish was inspired by the Asian cuisine, but the actual reason that lead to it’s development was the fact that I had bought a way to big jar of peanut butter. Sometimes I just forget the ‘Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry’ rule, and things like this are the result of it… But otherwise, who knows if I had ever created this dish? So I guess there’s worse than getting a little shopping druggy ;-). Continue reading

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Marinated mushroom steak with rice and peas

Mushroom Steak with rice and peas

Also as a vegetarian you sometimes want to have that ‘steak-feeling’ when having your dinner – so why not make a vegetarian steak? You can get a broad range of vegetarian ‘meat’ from tofu or corn these days, but I personally don’t really like this stuff, so I tend to make my steaks from vegetables – like from mushrooms. Believe me, nothing can beat them!

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Asparagus risotto with fresh basil and parmesan

asparagus risotto

You need:

  • 200g green asparagus
  • 100g risotto rice
  • 1 shallot
  • 50ml white wine
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
  • a pinch of sugar

Wash the asparagus and peel the lower third of it. Cut it in bite-sized pieces and the shallot in thin rings. Meanwhile  heat one tablespoon of the butter in a big pot. Gently roast the shallot for a couple of minutes (take care that it does not get brown!). Then add the risotto rice, roast it shortly and deglaze with the white wine. Pour about one quater of the vegetable stock on top and boil until the rice has absorbed the stock, then use another quarter of the stock. Now add the asparagus and a pinch of salt, and boil again until the rice has absorbed the stock. Carry on with this unitl the rice is done (you might need a bit more or less then 300 ml – the risotto should not be to dry, but very creamy). Season with fresh basil and mix the risotto with the remaining butter and the parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: This dish serves two people.


asparagus risotto with green ball pepper by AnnegretThanks to Annegret for this very sweet picture of her dish – view her comment below to see how she changed the recipe! If you want to send in a picture or ideas for a dish as well, just send me an email to theunicookbook@gmail.com!


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