This Vegan Asparagus Risotto is a healthy and easy spring dinner your whole family will love.
In our parts, spring produce is finally coming to the stores… but even better, my mother’s garden is providing. Just this past weekend I got to pick a whole lot of fresh strawberries, garden peas, asparagus, salad and herbs and even the very first of the baby potatoes.
I am lucky enough to be able to keep a small garden myself, but I live in a colder climate and Mitja and I have just planted it a few days ago, so besides herbs, there is still not much to pick, but this time of year I am still able to get fresh produce. And oh, the first of the cherries, finally!
This time of year is my absolutely favorite! There are my fave fruits and veggies available (like early cabbage, young potatoes, cherries, berries and soon enough, peaches and watermelons!), the weather is mostly nice, not too hot, the sun is not yet brutal, the days are longer, and as I am typing this in the early evening, Mitja and I are sitting outdoor on our terrace, enjoying a bowl of cherries and just chilling. It’s absolutely perfect.
So with the abundance of fresh produce, I am drawn to simple meals that I can make out of it, like this perfect Vegan Asparagus Risotto – made only with rice, asparagus, garden peas and some staples and herbs. Simple food is the best!
I don’t know if you’re familiar with cooking a risotto, and there sure are plenty of ways of cooking it. Some like to soak it in liquid and leave it undisturbed, some swear by stirring it often to develop the creaminess.
I’ll usually stir the arborio rice often, especially in the early and late cooking phase, but I’ll leave short grain rice be, like when cooking a paella. A risotto must be creamy and light, and not stuck to the pan, so that’s why I’ll go with stirring, as I did with this Vegan Asparagus Risotto.
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