Spring quinoa risotto recipe

Full of the goodness of seasonal greens, this dish is a light and flavoursome refresh of a classic.

Risotto used to be my favourite thing to cook, but the traditional version would leave me feeling heavy and bloated. Alas, I needn’t have ditched my favourite dish! I’ve discovered a way to make a nutrient packed, lighter version that I dare say tastes even better.

Quinoa is packed full of protein, essential amino acids, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Combine this with loads of green goodness and you have a dish that delivers on nourishment as well as flavour.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups quinoa, well rinsed

2 tablespoons of organic butter (or coconut oil or ghee)

1 onion (any colour), chopped

1 leek, trimmed and sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed/finely chopped

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or 250mL white wine

1-1 ½ litres of vegetable or chicken stock (preferably homemade or organic)

Seasonal vegetables

Use any combination you like! I use:

1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped off and sliced

1 cup peas

4 flat swiss brown mushrooms, thinly sliced (you could also use dried porcini mushrooms)

Seasonings

Juice of 1 lemon

Sea salt and pepper

Parsley (or any green herbs)

Watercress (or any leafy green veg) one handful per serve

Labna

Olive oil

Method

1. Heat butter in a medium saucepan or stock pot over a medium heat, fry the onions, two of the garlic cloves and the leek until soft and translucent.

2. Add quinoa, coat with butter and stir for one minute.

3. Add apple cider vinegar (or white wine) and stir.

4. Add 1 cup of stock and stir until absorbed.

5. Continue to add stock 1 cup at time, allowing liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Add the peas and mushrooms halfway through, and asparagus for 1 minute at the end.

6. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until cooked taste for texture.

7. Stir through lemon, salt and pepper, parsley and watercress adjust to suit your taste.

8. Serve with a dollop of labna and drizzle of olive oil. 

Find more recipes at ohmygoodness.net

Image credits: Styling by Carlie Monasso, photography by Samara Clifford.

Recommended reading - Protecting your vision

Lifestyle

23 facts about your eyes

Take a look at some of the unknowns of your most precious sense.

Read more
Experts

5 ways to protect your eyes this summer

Don't let the summer sun damage your eyes – OPSM shares some top tips for keeping your eyes safe

Read more
Experts

Caring for aging eyes

Understanding how our vision changes as we get older, and how to keep our eyes in good condition.

Read more
Experts

Food for healthy eyes

Ophthalmologist Dr Eric Mayer gives us some food for thought on nourishing our eyes.

Read more
Experts

Hayfever treatment

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis afflicts up to 40% of Australians.

Read more
Experts

How to care for contact lenses

Keep those contacts clean! Here's how to avoid common complications with your lenses.

Read more
Community

Amazing eye facts

Optometrists Association Australia provides reasons why you should visit an optometrist.

Read more
Lifestyle

6 creative developments in health tech

Sci-fi or reality? The latest innovations in the brave new world of health tech are unbelievable.

Read more
Advice

Protect your eyes on the run

All you need to know about protecting your eyes as you clock up the kilometres.

Read more
Experts

Sun safety: How to protect your eyes

Your vision is unique - Opthamologist Gerard Sutton explains how and why you should protect it.

Read more
Experts

How to prevent eye injuries

Keep those eyes safe during sport. The Vision Eye Institute shares some expert advice

Read more
Experts

Myopia: Myths and facts about short-sightedness

What’s the best way to manage myopia? Professor Kathryn Rose explains the facts of short-sightedness

Read more
Lifestyle

Sight set on eye health

Aussie rocker Kirk Pengilly discusses eye health, specs and health challenges of touring.

Read more
Lifestyle

The history of glasses

Where would we be without glasses? Nick Snelling takes a close look at the evolution of eyewear.

Read more
Community

The role of an optometrist

Optometrist Julia Kapov explains how an optometrist can help you on your journey to better health.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.