Piggies! This is my one of my favourite healthy gluten free vegetarian recipes that I created using the amazing Square One Organics range of vegetable purees. Once again proving that baby food is not just for babies. It is also for healthy blender pigs! I don't know about you, but I love vegan quinoa recipes, and I am a big fan of quinoa risotto. It is one of those quick easy allergy free meals the whole family can enjoy, and best of all, nobody will know it is vegan! This quinoa risotto is so creamy and packed full of flavour, even your most skeptical dinner guests won't have a clue.
I had planned on posting this vegan recipe right after my vegan mango coconut panna cotta pudding and vegan chocolate spinach shake, which were also made with the Square One Products. But I mixed up my dates and had to start my fabulous "trough swap" week with the RAWkstar food bloggers from Uncooking 101. Oh, the life of a vegetarian food blogger! So, here it is now. Better late than never.
When I think about easy vegan meals I always go straight to vegan pasta and vegan risotto in the hopes of appealing to the masses. These easy recipes don't take a long time to prepare and have to be amongst the most delicious and satisfying healthy dinners out there. This recipe was inspired by a dish I have eaten many times at my one of my favourite restaurants, Hugo's. For those of you not living in L.A, Hugo's is an institution in the valley, known for it's large delectable menu and extensive vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. This makes it the perfect restaurant for me! Seeing as I can't zap all of my beloved piggies to L.A to dine with me, I will bring a taste of the Hugo's magic to you! Or at least I will try….
What I love about this quinoa risotto is how surreptitiously jam-packed it is with green vegetables, making it one of the most fantastic healthy dinner recipes for kids! I have served this to a few children now and have received rave reviews. I don't know about you, but any excuse you can find to sneak more green vegetables into your children's meals the better! "Hooray" I say. This is one of those fantastic healthy gluten free recipes, and is also a fantastic option if you are looking for allergy free recipes. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free. I am going to give this a go on my niece (who has multiple food allergies) when I head back to Australia later this year to welcome baby number two!!! I am SO excited!
Another wonderful piece of news is the launch of our new web design. I am so thrilled with it, and even more excited to share the new features with you: a "trough swap", "featured pig of the month", news and events blog, Vitamix love letters, s'blended piggy merchandise and piggy giveaway contests every week. All coming soon. There is also an expanded icon search feature which allows you to search for multiple categories at once, making it easier to find the recipes you need depending on your dietary restrictions or preferences. The piggy grunts (comments) section has also improved, where you can now follow threads and reply to specific posts from other piggies. Next year we will launch our forums, iphone-friendly version of the site, and cross platform app. Yes! We are coming up in the piggy world!
I would welcome any feedback you have with regards to this site. When I started this vegetarian recipe blog I wanted the site to be easy and fun for every piggy in the healthy blender world. I would love to hear any of your ideas as to how we can make it even better! I am off now to continue tweaking….more super easy recipes next week. Oink Oink!