The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com A Healthy Living Blog with a Strong Paleo Flavor! Hey, who says eating healthy has to be boring? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Maple Garlic Pork Roast with Carrots and Potatoes http://thehealthyfoodie.com/maple-garlic-pork-roast-with-carrots-and-potatoes/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/maple-garlic-pork-roast-with-carrots-and-potatoes/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:00:57 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673224 I’ve a funny anecdote for you that has nothing to do with this Maple Garlic Pork Roast… but we’ll get back to it right after, don’t worry! My daughter and baby grand-daughter have been spending a couple of days at home with me; last night, I thought I would give my daughter a bit of […]

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I’ve a funny anecdote for you that has nothing to do with this Maple Garlic Pork Roast… but we’ll get back to it right after, don’t worry!

My daughter and baby grand-daughter have been spending a couple of days at home with me; last night, I thought I would give my daughter a bit of a break and let her catch up on her sleep, so I took the baby with me in my room for the night.

When morning came, I figured I’d let my daughter sleep some more and that I would take care of feeding the little one. Hey, surely I could manage that! I started with a bottle of milk, which went down faster than it took me to warm it up, so I proceeded to feed her a little bit of solid food. She ate well but not so much, really, because she’s currently teething, so she’s been kind of crabby lately. Plus, it’s like a million degrees out, you know, so she probably isn’t all that hungry to begin with.

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When mom got up, she asked how things went and I’m like, all proud: “She slept beautifully! I changed her and gave her her bottle, and then I fed her breakfast, too!”

So my daughter’s like: “Really? That’s very nice of you! What did you feed her?”

My answer: “Well, I wasn’t too sure what to give her, so I just looked in the fridge to see what she had in there and opted for a meal of chicken and sweet potatoes, with a little bit of mango/strawberry puree”.

The look on her face was priceless: she smiled at little Matilde and went: “Ha! So you had a typical grandma breakfast this morning, didn’t you?” It didn’t really add up in my mind, until she turned to me and said, with that same smile on her lips: “She normally has cereal and maybe a bit of fruit for breakfast, you know…”

D’OH!

I’d totally forgotten that those even existed! For me it was just totally natural to feed her meat and veggies for brekkie. Oh well. I’m sure that Matilde didn’t mind and that she won’t resent me, either.

Not sure I can pull that one off when she’s 5 years old, though…

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Back to this Maple Garlic Pork Roast with Carrots and Potatoes…

I know it’s a strange choice of dish to be making at this time of year, especially since I just said it’s a million degrees out. But the thing is, you see, summer has been acting really strange this year. I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but here we keep getting days that are so incredibly warm we can barely stand to have any clothes on, only to be so cold the next day, we literally have to take out our long sleeved sweaters.

On those days, I really don’t mind warming up the house by turning the oven on, shoving all my ingredients in a single pan and then letting the oven do all the work for me.

While that’s happening, I can take care of other fun things, like taking pictures of my precious grand-baby girl, for instance!

If it’s currently too warm where you are to whip this one up, make sure you pin the recipe, or save it somewhere, ‘cuz I’m sure you’re going to appreciate this recipe: not only is it super tasty and easy to make, but it’s the kind of dish that just makes itself and that doesn’t dirty up the entire kitchen.

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Minute Chocolate Mug Cake with High Protein Yogurt Glaze http://thehealthyfoodie.com/minute-chocolate-mug-cake/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/minute-chocolate-mug-cake/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:15:27 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673198 You guys will not believe how amazing this Minute Chocolate Mug Cake is. But first, I’ve got some friggin’ awesome news I’d love to share: I saw my orthopedist yesterday, and not only did he give me the green light to lose the crutches and start using my leg, but he also said that my knee and surrounding […]

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You guys will not believe how amazing this Minute Chocolate Mug Cake is.

But first, I’ve got some friggin’ awesome news I’d love to share: I saw my orthopedist yesterday, and not only did he give me the green light to lose the crutches and start using my leg, but he also said that my knee and surrounding muscles were in such great shape that I didn’t even need to wear the brace, except for maybe if I ever found myself in a situation where I would be at risk of having my leg knocked by some over-enthusiastic, frantic individual, or if I found myself in the presence of a boisterous, hyperactive, crazy and over-sized dog (wooops, I happen to own one of those…).

Other than that, he said that I could start working out again, that he wasn’t worried about me at all and that he trusted that I would know not to push too hard; in no time, my knee will be just like new again.

OMG, I was so happy, I totally could’ve hugged and kissed him right then and there! My barbell and I got reacquainted this morning. Oh, it was a beautiful reunion!

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So anyway, enough about my knee; about that Minute Chocolate Mug Cake…

I must confess that I’ve been loving one of these EVERY SINGLE DAY since I got my knee operation.

You see, the thing is I think I needed a little comforting: I’d gotten a huge craving for pancakes, but making pancakes while on crutches proved to be mission impossible. So I figured I would settle for the next best thing, which was to turn those pancakes into a Mug Cake. That was simple enough: throw all the ingredients in a food processor, send to the microwave for a few minutes and voilà! Deliciously comforting snack ready to eat!

Since what I’d been craving so badly were Banana Buttermilk Pancakes, my first version of this Mug Cake I made with black plantain instead of sweet potatoes, and didn’t add any cacao powder, obviously. While it turned out pretty good, it didn’t completely satisfy: something was a little off. So I tried a different formula the next day, and again the day after. Eventually, after a couple of days of trial and error, I got it just right.

And then, it was so perfect, so moist, so chewy, so dense but so light all at once, so decadently chocolaty, I just couldn’t stop eating it… good thing I eventually ran out of tapioca starch!

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Perfect Sirloin Beef Roast http://thehealthyfoodie.com/perfect-sirloin-beef-roast/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/perfect-sirloin-beef-roast/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:00:46 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673172 This may come as a complete shock to some of you, but I have to confess that I’m not the most perfect paleo specimen out there. Not even close! I mean, I try and buy local and in season as often and as much as I can; and, as much as possible, I try and purchase my meat by the […]

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This may come as a complete shock to some of you, but I have to confess that I’m not the most perfect paleo specimen out there. Not even close!

I mean, I try and buy local and in season as often and as much as I can; and, as much as possible, I try and purchase my meat by the carcass, directly from the farmer. However, that isn’t always super convenient and sometimes, well, convenience has to rule some of my decisions.

Moreover, I’ve been trying to stick to leaner meats and cuts of meat lately, in an effort to shed a few pounds of extra fat that I wouldn’t mind leaving behind once and for all, you know. And when purchasing whole carcasses, you don’t get to pick and choose specifically which cuts you want to get.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware of the fact that fat doesn’t make you fat, but still, fat IS very calorie dense, with 9 calories per gram vs 4 calories for protein and carbs. Go too generously in the fat department and there might not be enough room left in your daily calorie allowance for protein and carbs. And when you’re wanting to eat lots of protein and a fair amount of carbs while keeping your calorie intake in check, well, you gotta be mindful which kinds of meat you consume.

Cue this Perfect Sirloin Beef Roast.

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Beef Sirloin is a fairly lean cut to start with and it’s one that allows you to easily trim off all traces of visible fat from it, which will render it even leaner for you. What’s really great about it, though, is that despite being so lean, when cooked right, sirloin remains very moist and is quite a tasty cut of meat.

One of my favorite ways of cooking it is this one: topped with a beautiful crust of herbs and spices and baked in a fairly low temperature oven until it’s interior becomes perfectly pink and juicy.

Not only is such a roast delicious fresh out of the oven, but it’s also fantastic eaten cold the next day, and the day after, and the one after that… I could eat cold roast beef all the time and never get tired of it. Plus, there are so many dishes that you can whip up in a flash with leftover roast beef. It definitely is one of my favorite things to have in the fridge; That’s why I always like to make real LARGE roasts, and I strongly suggest that you do the same.

But hey, if you want to keep things a little bit more modest, simply start with a smaller piece of meat… only the cooking time will be reduced, and you might not need quite all the spices. No biggie, you get to keep the leftovers for another use!    continue reading

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Pastelón de Plátano Maduro (aka Sweet Plantain Lasagna) http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pastelon/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pastelon/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:22:31 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673132 I’d been wanting to give Pastelón de Plátano Maduro, aka Sweet Plantain Lasagna a try for so long now, it’s not even funny. At the same time, though, I was a little bit scared… I mean after all, the combination of plantains and ground beef always sounded kind of strange to me, to say the least. Add tomato sauce […]

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I’d been wanting to give Pastelón de Plátano Maduro, aka Sweet Plantain Lasagna a try for so long now, it’s not even funny.

At the same time, though, I was a little bit scared… I mean after all, the combination of plantains and ground beef always sounded kind of strange to me, to say the least. Add tomato sauce and cheese to that equation and things just get plain weird.

Still… I was extremely curious and just HAD to try it, so I started perusing the Internet in search of the perfect authentic Pastelón recipe.

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It turns out Pastelón is just like good ole’ lasagna… there must be about 3 million different variations of the same dish, all of them sharing a few common similarities.

One of those similarities would be that the plantain tends to get fried before it is added to the dish. I, however, felt that the dish was already pretty high in calories as it was, so I thought I would skip that step and simply boil my plantains instead. Surely that would to the trick… And it did!

Other than that, most recipes call for ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and cheese, along with a few select herbs and spices. Some will have you add bell peppers, olives, raisins, dates, or even figs… Some also add a liquid egg mixture to the dish, while others leave it out.

I kinda went ahead and created my own version of what I imagined my ideal Pastelón to be. Honestly, this thing turned out so incredibly good, I almost regret taking the plunge…

I think I’m totally addicted.

Honestly, if you’ve been on the fence about trying this exotic dish, I say you should definitely give it a try. Who knows, it may very well become one of your favorites!

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Spicy Mango and Bell Pepper Salsa http://thehealthyfoodie.com/spicy-mango-and-bell-pepper-salsa/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/spicy-mango-and-bell-pepper-salsa/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:00:12 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673112 I’ve been loving like mad on this Spicy Mango and Bell Pepper Salsa over the last few weeks. I actually made two batches back to back and ate both batches all by myself. And now that my second batch is gone, I’m kinda wanting to make a third one. Sadly, I’m all out of mangoes… Seriously, […]

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I’ve been loving like mad on this Spicy Mango and Bell Pepper Salsa over the last few weeks. I actually made two batches back to back and ate both batches all by myself. And now that my second batch is gone, I’m kinda wanting to make a third one.

Sadly, I’m all out of mangoes…

Seriously, though, I think I’m totally addicted to this thing; I mean, not only does it taste awesome, it’s also super easy to make (the second batch I actually made while standing on crutches) and it keeps for several days in the refrigerator. It’s super refreshing, it’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s crunchy and creamy and tangy… it goes good with just about everything: grilled chicken, pork, fish, leftover roastbeef

And yes, it even goes good with steak and eggs in the morning!

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I say that because, believe it or not, some guy was giving me a hard time on Facebook over the fact that I chose to have this mango salsa with eggs.

According to this breakfast law officer, firstly, 723 calories was too much to have for breakfast, and secondly, fried eggs and mango salsa just do not mix and should never be seen together on the same plate. *I*, as the flavor guru that I set myself up to be (really? flavor guru? me? since when?), should have a better sense of what makes good food and flavor combinations. So steak and salsa works fine, apparently, but the eggs didn’t cut it. Haha! Too bad the guy eventually took down his comments, I was really getting a kick out of this whole conversation.

So anyway, I say this is just the ideal salad to have lying around in the fridge this time of year. It’s so insanely delicious, you’ll probably want to eat it with absolutely EVERYTHING, including eggs!

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Poached Apricots with Spiced White Tea and Honey Glaze http://thehealthyfoodie.com/poached-apricots/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/poached-apricots/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:00:13 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673081 Looking for a light dessert recipe that’s fresh, elegant, sophisticated and easy to make? Look no further, you found it right here! Whether you are wanting to impress your guests or please your friends and family members, these Poached Apricots with their Spiced White Tea and Honey Glaze are sure to fit the bill. Served over a nice […]

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Looking for a light dessert recipe that’s fresh, elegant, sophisticated and easy to make? Look no further, you found it right here!

Whether you are wanting to impress your guests or please your friends and family members, these Poached Apricots with their Spiced White Tea and Honey Glaze are sure to fit the bill. Served over a nice bowl of cold vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, they are the perfect ending to any meal, especially on a hot summer day. 

And if you should be lucky enough as to have leftovers, they are also excellent in the morning as part of breakfast, topped with a little bit of crème fraîche or plain yogurt, or even sprinkled with a little bit of goat cheese, if you’re a fan…

If you don’t do dairy at all, however, know that they are also fantastic on their own.  continue reading

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Cauliflower Chicken Chowder http://thehealthyfoodie.com/cauliflower-chicken-chowder/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/cauliflower-chicken-chowder/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 23:00:15 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673057 If you don’t mind, I’m gonna keep things short and sweet today. I mean, I’m finally back on my feet after not really being able to walk all day yesterday, but I’m still in a fair amount of pain, and I find it hard to be sitting in this chair while I write. I constantly have to change positions, […]

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If you don’t mind, I’m gonna keep things short and sweet today. I mean, I’m finally back on my feet after not really being able to walk all day yesterday, but I’m still in a fair amount of pain, and I find it hard to be sitting in this chair while I write. I constantly have to change positions, as this stiff leg of mine can’t ever seem to get comfortably and painlessly settled.

Plus, the pain killers / anti-inflammatory that I have to take are making me feel overly tired and kinda light headed.

The operation went well, though; much better than I anticipated. Now I need to get used to walking on crutches, which I will have to do for the next two weeks, and THAT is much more complicated than I figured it would be. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that, while I’m holding on to those crutches, it makes it kinda hard to carry stuff around… if not darn near impossible. These things should come equipped with attached carrying baskets, me says!

So being on crutches is making any attempts at cooking very, very complicated.

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Good thing I had at least anticipated the fact that I probably wouldn’t feel like cooking much immediately after the operation, so I’d made a couple of easily re-heatable dishes before I went in.

Deliciously comforting dishes, such as this hearty and nutritious Cauliflower Chicken Chowder: a thick and velvety cream of cauliflower soup that’s generously filled with beautiful chunks of soft potatoes, huge pieces of cooked chicken, vibrant green and peppery arugula and just what it takes of smoked bacon, cooked to crispy perfection.

I know, I know, it’s not really soup season, but this one really hit the spot for me. I only wish I had made more of it, for honestly, it’s soooo good and comforting, I absolutely wouldn’t mind eating it all week!  continue reading

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Baked Plantains and Sweet Peppers http://thehealthyfoodie.com/baked-plantains-and-sweet-peppers/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/baked-plantains-and-sweet-peppers/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:00:48 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673034 If I tell you something super silly, do you promise not to laugh at me? I mean really… it’s SUPER silly and you’ll probably think I’m nuts, which I’m not. Or well, maybe just a little… but not so much, I swear. Alright… I guess it’s too late to back off now, isn’t it? I […]

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If I tell you something super silly, do you promise not to laugh at me? I mean really… it’s SUPER silly and you’ll probably think I’m nuts, which I’m not. Or well, maybe just a little… but not so much, I swear.

Alright… I guess it’s too late to back off now, isn’t it? I kinda told you I was gonna tell you something silly, so I can’t really change my mind now, can I? *Gasp* I can’t believe I’m about to tell you this…

But here goes:

This morning, right in the middle of my workout, I actually hugged my barbell and told it (or well, more like thought to myself; I told you I’m not THAT crazy) that I would really miss it, but that it should not fear for I was not abandoning it. Only life was forcing me to take a little break, but I would soon come back even stronger and we’d have that much more fun together.

And then, to kinda “seal the deal”, I proceeded to treat us both (as in my barbell and I) to a little PR: I did a 95 pound strict shoulder press! Nothing to write home about, but still. I was happy to “polish things off” with a bang, even if it wasn’t a super mega loud one.

And so that’s it. Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be going in… I’ll be getting my knee cut open and ligaments sewn back into their rightful, normal, healthy state.  At least, that’s the plan. After that, it’ll be 2 weeks of no exercises whatsoever, followed by 6 months of rehabilitation. Hmpft. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m scared shirtless, only without the “r”…

So for the time being, I’m trying to keep my mind in a happy place, and one such place for me would be Cuba. I haven’t been there in way too long and I’m starting to feel the itch to return: I miss the sun, I miss the sand, I miss the beach, I miss the people and I miss the food!  To help with that, I decided to try my hand at recreating one of my favorite dishes to eat when I go there: Baked Plantains and Sweet Peppers.

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In fact, I’m pretty certain that they have an official name for that dish, but unfortunately, I have no idea what it would be. All I know is that it’s a dish that is almost always on the menu, and that I was never able to resist it.

Unfortunately, up until recently, I had no idea how they did it, so I would only be able to indulge when I paid my Cuban friends a little visit. But then I Iearned that you could actually BOIL plantain. What, really??? The thought would’ve never occurred to me, but I had to try it as soon as I found out.

All I can say is WOWSERS!!! Boiling the fruits resulted in precisely the flavor and texture that I’d been dreaming of. Now I knew exactly what I was going to do next. Throw them in a pan, saute them in a bit of coconut oil with some onions and sweet bell peppers, and then bake them in the oven with a little bit of coconut water.

The resulting dish was just as I remembered. Just one bite, and I was transported to my favorite Cuban resort, sitting next to the heavenly sandy beach, listening to the waves as they slowly rolled in…

And for an instant, I forgot all about an eventual knee surgery!

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Warm Potato Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese and Crispy Bacon http://thehealthyfoodie.com/warm-potato-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/warm-potato-salad/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:31:00 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436673006 I think I need to add a new a new category to my recipe index, something like “Not Quite Paleo” or “Some Shade of Paleo”… This Warm Potato Salad would definitely fall under one of those categories. But since I only get to choose between Paleo or Non-Paleo, I elected to give this one a […]

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I think I need to add a new a new category to my recipe index, something like “Not Quite Paleo” or “Some Shade of Paleo”… This Warm Potato Salad would definitely fall under one of those categories.

But since I only get to choose between Paleo or Non-Paleo, I elected to give this one a green light and indexed it as Paleo. After all, white potatoes have been officially accepted as a Paleo ingredient and dairy is tolerated by most, when consumed on occasion. But in the end, I guess it doesn’t really matter what category the dish falls under. Ultimately, you get to decide whether this Potato Salad fits your own personal definition of healthy and whether you want to eat it or not.

Personally, I find it to sit very well with my current goals and beliefs, although this would be more like an occasional thing and not necessarily the kind of food that I would have every single day. Still, if you asked me whether I considered this salad to be good for me, I would answer yes, without even so much as a moment’s hesitation.

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This Warm Potato Salad I used to make regularly back in the days when I was always out camping, fishing and hunting. Back then, I would spend most of my week-ends out at the “cottage”, a little shack that my family and I had built at the very top of a mountain on a great big piece of land that we’d acquired some chunk of years ago.

At the cottage, we had no electricity and no running water; most of our food we would cook directly on an open fire, so needless to say we liked to keep it simple, but without compromising taste in the least. This particular salad was one of my favorite things to eat while over there, alongside the catch of the day or, when luck hadn’t been on our side, a big juicy steak or a whole pile of chicken drumsticks.

It’s just so easy to make: you just basically throw everything between a few sheets of aluminum foil, throw it on the grill (or over some hot coals) and let the heat take care of the rest.

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Seafood and Wild Mushroom Risotto http://thehealthyfoodie.com/seafood-and-wild-mushroom-risotto/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/seafood-and-wild-mushroom-risotto/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:00:11 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436672980 When I decided to split my recipes into 2 categories, i.e. Paleo Recipes and Non-Paleo Recipes, I honestly didn’t think that I’d ever be posting to the Non-Paleo category ever again. Until I recently decided to make a few modifications to my diet, such as reinstating white rice, that is… Even though white rice is becoming more and […]

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When I decided to split my recipes into 2 categories, i.e. Paleo Recipes and Non-Paleo Recipes, I honestly didn’t think that I’d ever be posting to the Non-Paleo category ever again. Until I recently decided to make a few modifications to my diet, such as reinstating white rice, that is…

Even though white rice is becoming more and more accepted among the paleo community, I feel that a dish like this Seafood and Wild Mushroom Risotto, where rice totally shines as the main ingredient, doesn’t exactly fall under the Paleo category.

So I guess there’s a good chance that I’ll be using te Non-Paleo Recipes Category a little bit more then I’d initially anticipated… I hope you guys are okay with that. A few of you have already expressed their appreciation for my new way of cooking / eating and I’m super grateful for that. Now I don’t know exactly where it is that I’m headed, but fear not… I have no intention of veering too far from my actual course.

And don’t worry, I haven’t gone totally berzerk and stocked up on whole wheat flour, soybeans and lentils…

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A lot of people think that making risotto is extremely long and complicated and would be better left to the experts. Let’s set the records straight! While it is true that making risotto takes time, it’s not complicated at all. There are only a few simple rules that one must follow in order to succeed at making this super soft, creamy and unctuous dish.

  1. Risotto is a food of love – it needs to cook really slowly over very low heat, and it demands that you attend to it the whole time; patience is the name of the game;
  2. You need to cook the rice by adding HOT liquid to it, a little bit at a time, and that liquid must be allowed to *almost* fully absorb before you add more;
  3. Said cooking liquid must be really super tasty as it’s the very foundation of the dish.

That’s about it!

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to add tons of cream, butter and cheese to your risotto for it to become super thick and silky smooth. The starch in the rice alone will take care of that for you.

Trust me…

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