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…

Vegan Beef Stew Recipe

The tricky thing about vegan cooking is how to get that depth of flavor that comes from animal products without actually using them. . 

I mostly just stick with the cleaner and simpler flavors of fresh vegetables, acids and oils. They are quite delicious and satisfying. 

But if you find yourself with a craving for something with a little more body and depth, dried mushrooms + pressure cooker = mind blowing, vegan beef broth. 

No! It doesn't taste like beef. I wouldn't want it to. But it is rich, dark and unctuous with umani like a classic beef broth. 

4 ounces dried wild mushroom mix, chopped pretty small
2 shallots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 inches ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can black beans, rinsed
7 cups water
1 tbl dijon mustard
1 tbl salt
1 tsp  black pepper
2 tsps thyme

A pressure cooker or instant pot makes the magic happen. Put everything except the black beans in there. Set to beans or rice or grains depending upon brand and set the timer for 25 minutes. 

When it's done and you've released the pressure, transfer to a container, stir in the beans, cover and allow 5 minutes to warm the beans.

You can enjoy it now, but it's much better after an overnight in the fridge.