- 1 liter vegetable stock
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 leek, only the white part, washed and finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 6 sprigs of thyme, only the leaves
- coarse salt
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 2 cups Brussel sprouts, cut in half and sautéed
- 2 cups savoy cabbage leaves, cut into thin strips
- small bunch of red kale
- 1 cup peas
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- freshly ground pepper
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- Heat the vegetable stock in a pot over low heat.
- Zest the lemon and cut it in half. Juice the lemon and set both the zest and the juice aside, separately.
- In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onions and leeks and lower the heat to medium. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.
- Add the garlic, thyme and a good pinch of salt. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the aromatics start to release their aroma.
- Turn up the heat to high and add the rice and reserved lemon juice. Stir to combine.
- Cook until all of the liquid reduces and add a spoonful of warm stock.
- Stir continuously until the stock is absorbed and add another spoonful of stock.
- Repeat this process until the rice is ready. This should take about 20 minutes. The risotto should be nice and creamy, not dry.
- Add the lemon zest, Brussel sprouts, savoy leaves, kale, basil and some freshly ground pepper. Stir.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition information per portion
Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.
Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.
Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.
The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.
Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.
It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.
They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.
A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily
*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.