Gluten Free. Dairy Free Version. Vegan Version.
This dish is one of the meals included in week three of our 28-Day Detox Diet Program and is full of fresh seasonal veggies paired with a bright creamy lemon flavor. It has a lot less fat than traditional risotto and comes together pretty quickly. We've also used quinoa, a "friendly carbohydrate", instead of traditional white or arborio rice to give you an extra boost of protein and fiber. We get heaps of positive feedback from our members and detox diet participants that this is one of their favorite meals in the program, so we wanted to share it with you as well.
Enjoy it alone as a main meal, as a side dish or toss a scoop over some mixed greens or arugula for a nice, lightweight lunch. Feel free to change up the veggie combination to your liking or based on what veggies you have in the fridge already. Broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, or sugar snap peas would all be awesome in this recipe.
Lemony Quinoa & Vegetable "Risotto" (PRINT RECIPE)
1 cup dry quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup organic low sodium veggie broth
3 tablespoons organic, grass fed butter or organic ghee (use grapeseed oil for vegan version)
3 green onions, diced
2 ears sweet corn, corn cut off cob raw (Substitute 1 additional zucchini or other veggie of choice if corn-free)
1/2 bunch asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small zucchini or yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch square cubes
1/2 cup sugar snap peas, cut in halves
1 bunch fresh basil, diced
½ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
¼ cup soft cheese like goat or feta (optional- for dairy free version use 2-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast instead)
2 tablespoons lemon zest (about 1 ½ lemons)
4 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey or agave
~Billie & Jen
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
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