This healthy brown rice risotto is so good! It’s satisfying as either a main dish or side with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, spinach, and sage.
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I am a die hard risotto lover and can’t get enough of this starchy rich comfort food. I could seriously eat risotto any day, any way and just love experimenting with different combinations of ingredients, knowing that it will always turn out decadent and flavorful. Unfortunately, traditional risottos aren’t healthy. Bummer, right?
Normally risotto is made with white arborio rice and oozing with parmesan and other not so healthy add-ins. Luckily, there’s a solution so we can all get our fill of the good stuff – brown rice risotto!
I always made risotto with arborio rice and at least a cup or two of parmesan in the past so it was truly a splurge, but recently I’ve made the switch over to sprouted short grain brown rice and will never look back! It’ll have a heartier texture in the end, but I think it gives it more flavor and love the earthiness that brown rice adds. Factoring in the extra nutrients and minimal guilt that come along with the switch, I’m sure you’ll be a convert too.
Using already sprouted short grain brown rice makes it cook in about the same amount of time as arborio rice too. You can use regular brown rice instead, but it’ll be an arm workout stirring for that much longer. The option is there none-the-less though.
Between brown rice, using less cheese, and loading the dish with tasty veggies, this vegetarian main dish is actually makes for a pretty healthy dinner. Plus my little munchkin approves which makes all the difference. Baby approved!
The butternut squash, sage, walnuts, and mushrooms all meld together harmoniously, there’s no way not to love it. This brown rice risotto is one of the most satisfying comfort food makeovers I’ve done yet. Something about the fresh, herbal flavor of the sage and the sweetness of the squash are just so dang tasty.
I have a love hate relationship with butternut squash because it can be so hard to peel raw. Luckily most grocery stores sell peeled and cut cubed squash these days though which makes cooking with it a breeze. Just make sure not to let the pre-cut stuff hang out in the fridge more than a few days or it will get slimy and gross. …