Pumpkin Sage Risotto
200g pumpkin, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
180g (60z/scant 1 cup) brown risotto rice
600ml (1pint/2 1/2 cups) hot vegetable stock made with 1 tbsp bouillon powder
1 handful sage leaves, chopped, plus whole leaves to garnish
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Remember to stir stir and stir this risotto, as this is what will make it super-creamy and rich. The stirring of the dish is almost therapeutic and meditative after a busy day, and it's well worth the time and effort.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark4.
Place the diced butternut squash on a baking tray, drizzle with 2 tbs of olive oil and bake for 15 minutes, until nearly tender.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a wide-bottomed pan over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute to coat the rice in oil, then reduce the heat and stir in 2 large ladlefuls of vegetable stock. Simmer, stirring gently, over a low heat until the rice has absorbed the stock, then continue adding the stock a ladleful at a time and stirring gently until it is absorbed before adding another ladleful.
After 30minutes stir in the pumpkin and the chopped sage leaves, then continue to add the stock until the rice is cooked but al dente - this will take about 50minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.
Serve at once, garnished with whole sage leaves.
You can make this dish with other vegetables such as mushrooms and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese on each plate.
Quinoa and Cranberry Burgers
100g sweet potato, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
40g dried cranberries, soaked in water for 4 hours and drained
7g parsley, chopped
2 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
15g arrowroot flour (can substitute with corn powder or other flour)
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
1 egg white or use egg substitute
Olive oil, for sautéing
For the sauce
50g macadamia nuts (can use cashew nuts instead)
2 tsp tahini
1 tsp grated ginger
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp water
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of ground cumin
To make the sauce, place all of the sauce ingredients in a blender, whizz until smooth and set aside.
Preheat oven to 170C/340F or gas mark 3 1/2.
Place the chopped sweet potato on a baking tray (cookie sheet), drizzle with 2 tbsp of the olive oil and bake for 30minutes, until tender. (You can also boil them until soft). Transfer to a mini food processor (or use a hand-held blender) with the remaining olive oil and blend to a puree. Increase the oven temperature to 180C/350F/gas4.
Meanwhile, boil the quinoa with twice the volume of water in the pan and also add the vegetable bouillon. Simmer for 15-20minutes or until cooked. Drain and set aside.
Place the sweet potato puree in a bowl with the quinoa and the remaining ingredients and mix to a sticky consistency. Form the mixture into 8 burgers.
Bake in oven for about 15-20mins or until golden brown. Serve at once with the sauce and a salad.
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate protein or other protein powder (e.g. hemp protein, rice protein, pea protein etc)
1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butters
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 orange juiced
4 squares dark chocolate
Combine the oats, orange juice, protein, peanut butter, honey and hazelnuts. You can do by hand but much easier in a food processor. Line a tray with grease proof paper and press mixture firmly into it. Put into the fridge to chill for 30mins. Once the mixture is chilled, melt the dark chocolate. Spoon a thin layer of chocolate across the top of the chilled mixture and place it back into the fridge. Eat once chilled, if you can wait that long ! :)
Recipe Compliments: Fitbodfood
Serve with salmon or white fillet fish. Enjoy !
Serve with a large green salad topped with avocado and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.