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Oven-Baked Mushroom Risotto

Hi, it’s Frans! I am here to introduce another quick and easy recipe! You know us, busy students, we have limited time to arrange our meal plan for the week. One night, I took a little “me” time and watched a couple of videos from these silly blokes. I find them very entertaining and have been a loyal subscriber for quite a while now. Go check them out! I came across their risotto recipe that night and a light bulb went off.

So, here you go, oven-baked mushroom risotto! That’s right! You read it right! Oven-baked!

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Ma, can I have some?

We know how time-consuming it can be to cook risotto. Having to add chicken stock ladle by ladle and constant stirring to prevent it from burning, seem a bit too much if you have limited time. So, we present you with this recipe to make your life easier yet you can still enjoy good meal on one of those days when you’re busy, low on budget or groceries 🙂  You can whip this up really quick.  It only takes about 20 minutes, and your lunch/dinner is served. Also, risotto is often considered as an unhealthy and complicated dish; however, we can turn the table by cutting out the cheese & bacon and bake it instead. To add more body to this dish, we decided to use two kinds of mushrooms instead of bacon. Mushrooms have been used as meat substitute for vegetarians.  Okay, lets end the chitchat and lets get cooking!

Adapted from sortedfood.com

Oven- Baked Mushroom Risotto
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Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 500 grams Arborio / Risotto Rice
  • 1.6 L Chicken Stock
  • 2 medium onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 large Portobello mushroom, 1/2 extra for garnish
  • 6 button mushrooms, 2 extra for garnish
  • 4 Tbs double cream
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 360°C.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent.
  3. Add thyme to the onion and garlic (2).
  4. Add risotto rice and coat each grain thoroughly with butter.
  5. Add white wine and chicken stock.
  6. Bring to a simmer and cover with lid.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  8. With a food processor, blend both Portobello and button mushrooms, followed by double cream.
  9. In another pan, melt butter and saute mushroom until cook (for garnish).
  10. Once the rice (7) is cooked, add the mushroom mixture (8) and mix.
  11.  Adjust salt amount to your liking
  12. Garnish with sautéed mushroom (9) and parsley.
  13. Serve.

Tips: Do not worry about the raw taste of the mushrooms since the heat from the pan and the rice will cook them.

Hope you like it!

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Chicken Meatballs with Meat Sauce

Welcome, 2013 ! Another new year, more new year resolutions to set and achieve. The three of use made several promises – one of them is to  change our lifestyle by eating healthier (Who doesn’t, right?). It all started when F felt the need to change. We got a little too comfortable and pigged out during the holiday season, resulting in extra inches on our waists and also this guilt feeling that has been haunting us since earlier this year. Besides, it’s been pretty gloomy in California. We wanted to have something warm, comforting, yet.. somewhat healthy. That was when this delicious chicken meatball came to mind. It’s a quick and easy recipe with a few staple ingredients in our pantry and refrigerator.

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Serve: makes 14

Ingredients

For chicken meatballs:

  • 400 grams ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoon ginger juice
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 4 tablespoon Panko or bread crumbs
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all of the above ingredients, except the olive oil, to a bowl and mix it well.
  2. Scoop the meat mixture with your hand and form it into 2-inches balls.
  3. Heat up pan in medium heat, add olive oil and fry the meatballs until golden brown. Approximately 5 minutes.

For meat sauce:

Ingredients

  • Ÿ 200 grams ground beef                                Ÿ
  •  20 grams butter
  • Ÿ 400 ml unsalted canned tomato                Ÿ
  • Ÿ 400 ml chicken stock
  •  200 ml milk
  •  4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Ÿ 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Ÿ 1 cup minced onion
  • Ÿ 2 bay leaves
  • Ÿ Salt & pepper
  • Ÿ A dash of sugar

Instruction

  1. In medium heat, saute minced onion and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and salt & pepper until cooked.
  3. Add unsalted canned tomato and bay leaf. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. Set aside.

           To thicken the sauce:

  1. In another pan under low heat, add butter and flour.
  2. Add the milk slowly. Be careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour this mixture slowly into the meat sauce
  4. Stir until combined and it’s ready!
  5. Garnish with parsley.. or green onion.. (or whatever you have in hand…) before serving

To add extra oomph to this dish, you can crack some eggs into the sauce in low heat. Let it slowly simmer and cook the eggs until they are done to your liking.

Have fun in the kitchen!

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