Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Salad Wonders

I've been eating super light over the last month or two. Trying to shed a few unwanted pounds. When I lost my job I kinda went into binge mode. It's a good lesson in even if it's vegetarian that doesn't mean you can pig out. Calories are calories regardless of the source.

What's been working for me is a big breakfast, followed by lighter lunch and dinner.

To that end I've been incorporating a lot of salad into my daily food intake. I've discovered that a hearty salad can be quite filling without the burden of as many calories as other meal choices.

A really big salad of romaine, carrots and broccoli will fill me up for hours and hours, yet I've eaten far less calories than I normally would

I'll usually sprinkle the salad with some beans or diced roasted potato or vegetarian chili.

For dressing hot sauce and vinegar are great. A little sprinkle of nutritional yeast ties it all together.

But don't let your salad stagnate. Mix it up. The romaine base is open to so many possible additions. Red pepper, cucumber, jalapeno, red cabbage, tofu, apple, avocado, mango, the list can go on and on.

A great dessert for dieting is peanut butter on whole grain bread. Peanut butter is incredibly delicious on a slice of rye bread. I try to use way less than the serving size on the jar. A teaspoon or maybe 2. Just to lightly cover the surface of the bread.

It's funny how gaining weight is so easy, yet losing it so difficult. Some strange Darwinism at work in that respect.

But what I've learned is the salad done right can be quite satisfying. I didn't think it was possible, but with the right lettuce and the right additions and a careful eye toward restraint, a lunch or dinner of mostly salad can be more filling than you've ever imagined possible.