Have you ever sunk your teeth into a good bowl of risotto? How about fat-free risotto?? Yep, that's correct. There is absolutely no fat in this risotto. The only fat would be any garnished nuts, if you choose to add them. Bet you've never had a bowl of risotto that is fat-free before, considering it typically has lots of cheese, oil or butter.
I've been sitting on this post for awhile. In fact, I have so many already written recipes ready to share with you guys....I'm just catching up with all of them after being so busy this past few months.
Last year my husband took my daughter and I to a beautiful resort in Austin, TX for Mothers Day. It was our second visit. The first visit was when I was pregnant in 2011....imagine being big, pregnant and waddling around in hot Texas weather. It was beautiful, but the trip wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped in my condition. The spa is what made the weekend worthwhile. Anyways, this past time was much more special to be bringing our little one and not being pregnant. If you're ever in the Austin area, check out Lost Pines Hyatt Resort!
So, about that risotto....I was a bit concerned about food choices, being we are all vegan. However, there turned out to be some really delicious food and even vegan choices on the menu. The chef even worked with us! It was wonderful. My favorite dish by far was the tomato risotto. I gobbled it up in seconds. It was creamy, delicious and NO cheese or butter needed! I couldn't wait to get back home to try and recreate a version. I of course, didn't know their recipe, so I had to just go by my tastebuds.. Well, it was deemed a winner by my husband. We, too, gobbled it up. Even our little girl kept asking for "more".
Risotto tends to intimidate a lot of people because it's a dish that requires attention at the stove and a little labor of love. I used to make it all the time a few years back with white wine, but this time I wanted it friendly for all of us and very simple. I decided to use juice instead of wine. It gives great flavor to the risotto. Most risotto recipes require you to first cook the veggies in the pan, remove them, then toast the risotto, then add the veggies back and then cook the risotto. I wanted it more simple than all that. After all, that is that we all want right?
All you need is a little patience at the stove and I swear, before you know it, you'll be scarfing down some delicious vegan hot risotto, not missing the dairy one bit!
A hearty, delicious risotto with only 8 ingredients?! (plus salt) Just a few simple steps and you will have an amazing, healthy risotto that is not weighed down with oil or butter. This vegan risotto is fat-free, but it's creaminess will certainly fool you that it is not. Rice isn't low in carbs, but I eat a whole foods diet and stay very healthy that way. This creamy fat-free version is certainly worth the carbs!