It’s rich and creamy, filling and absolutely delicious, but have you ever wondered what Risotto actually is? Often paired with a sweet wine and Italian chicken, Risotto has become known as the fancy dish served at restaurants.
Risotto is actually an Italian home cooked staple. The best part about it is that it’s super easy to make. The worst part about it, for those with food allergies or lifestyles, is that it involves a lot of creamy ingredients.
No fear! Cashews have come to the rescue! Cashews make a magnificent substitute for cream. Soaked in water for a few hours and blended with vegetable broth, they create a deliciously creamy sauce that is ridiculously easy to make.
We were a bit wary of cashew cream at first. Thinking that we’d get an overpowering nutty taste, we were very hesitant to try it. However, our desire for a richer vegan dish was more powerful than our hesitancy towards the cashew cream.
Don’t go too crazy on it though! A small portion size is all you need to feel completely satisfied. The healthy fats in this recipe are more than enough to fill you up. Paired with hearty farro, this dish is the healthiest comfort food you’ll ever make!
So, what exactly is Risotto? Risotto is rice cooked in broth to a creamy perfection. Broth is slowly and consistently added, usually over a period of one hour, to create a rice that is fully saturated with flavor and texture. Simple, right?!
To say the least, it’s now a staple in our family household.
We adapted the original recipe to be nightshade free and include more veggies. Serving atop a bed of dark, leafy greens lightens up this dish to perfection! It also helps to get in an extra serving of veggies 🙂
Also, for those of you wary of using wine for cooking, the alcohol cooks out. There will be no remnant of alcohol left in your food, and you will not be consuming any alcohol when you eat your yummy Risotto! This is kid friendly and non-alcoholic.
What’s a fancy meal without a dessert?! Chocolate Coconut Mousse topped with a little Cinnamon Roll Granola, a few No-Bake Cookies, or No-Bake Protein Bars will make for an amazing and satisfying end to your meal without leaving you in a sugar frenzy.
So, without further ado, here is the recipe!