Meatless Monday: Mushroom Asparagus Risotto Recipe


It’s easy to dismiss rice as a side dish. This Meatless Monday, make it the main course.

What arroz can fill my plate and tummy?

Try mushroom and asparagus risotto.

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Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto. Courtesy: @NatalieGFierro

Risotto is and can feature any of your favorite vegetables. The trick to a delicioso risotto is a thick consistency which requires patience–stirring the rice slowly so the starch binds with the broth, resulting in a creamy texture without adding high calorie butter or cheese. Just think: you’ll work out your biceps, getting you one step closer to “Michelle Obama” arms!

Click here for the recipe I followed and below to watch my steps.

Contrary to popular belief, rice dishes are healthy meat-free meals because they are a source of protein and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates, making you feeling full. A more nutritious choice is brown or wild rice which are chock full of fiber, magnesium, and minerals. These whole grains can help reduce the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.

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Wild Rice with Zucchini and Tomatoes. Courtesy: @NatalieGFierro

Don’t have the time for elaborate recipes each day?

¡Yo tampoco! To get the most out of my time in the kitchen, I double the recipe and pack portions away in the freezer for a homemade meal option when I don’t have time to prepare one.

Love piling rice on your plate? Try a vegetarian paella or jambalaya.

Try veggie rice dishes. They are so full of flavor, you may soon find that you don’t miss the meat.

The Wise Latina Club's Natalie Wagner Fierro

A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.

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