This is tasty and nutritious risotto recipe has a twist – rice is swapped for the high-protein grain, quinoa. Tender wild mushrooms combine with crunchy quinoa to create a dish with exciting textures. This vegetarian recipe can be adapted for people with chewing or swallowing problems by blending ingredients to the required consistency
1.2l vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
200g chestnut mushrooms
100g red sweet pepper 100g red onion 100g sweet corn kernels (canned) 1 garlic clove
1 glass white wine 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 lemon ½ tbsp thyme, ½ tbsp oregano ½ tbsp rosemary ½ tbsp salt and pepper
Cook the quinoa in vegetable stock as indicated on the package.
Dice the peppers and onion. Slice the mushrooms.
Finely chop the garlic.
Pour the sweet corn kernels (from the can) into a sieve and leave to drain.
Fry the vegetables in olive oil.
Add the herbs and garlic, season with pepper and salt. Stir well.
Deglaze with white wine, reduce by half.
Add the pre-cooked quinoa and corn kernels.
Just before serving season with some drops of red wine vinegar and/or lemon juice.
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