This is my one of my favourite 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. I am a big fan of quinoa risotto. It is one of those quick 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 recipe right after the mango coconut panna cotta pudding and chocolate spinach shake, which were also made with the Square One Products. But I mixed up my dates and had to start my recipe week with the RAWkstar food bloggers from Uncooking 101. So, here it is now. Better late than never.

When I think about easy meals I always go straight to pasta and 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've 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 foks 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 recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free. I'm 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!!! SO excited!

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Vegan Quinoa Risotto

Gloriously Green Quinoa Risotto

  • 3 cups quinoa cooked in 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup toasted minced dried onion flakes for garnish
  • grated zest of two organic lemons
  • 1 cup finely chopped continental parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • a bunch of finely diced chopped asparagus (optional)

For the sunflower green cheese sauce:

  • 2 cups raw sunflower seeds soaked for about 2 - 4 hours then drained and rinsed (soaking is optional)
  • 3/4 cup filtered water as needed for desired consistency
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 cup spinach puree (home made or two 2 ounce packs of Square One organic spinach puree)
  • 1/2 cup pea puree (home made or two 2 ounce packs of Square One organic pea puree)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli puree (home made or two 2 ounce packs of Square One organic broccoli puree)
  1. Prepare the quinoa on the stove or in your rice cooker.
  2. Toast the minced dried onion flakes by stirring them on a low flame in a pan for about 1-2 minutes until just golden.
  3. Prepare your home made purees (instructions below) or just scoop out the the Square One packs and set aside.
  4. To prepare the sunflower cheese just place the sunflowers, lemon juice, salt, fresh garlic, dried garlic, dried onion and nutritional yeast and half the water in your food processor.
  5. Pulse until well combined then turn the machine to create as smooth consistency.
  6. Now add in the vegetable purees and pulse until well combined. Add in just enough water to get your desired consistency. You don't want it too runny.
  7. Stir this sauce through the quinoa and then stir through the half of the lemon zest and half the green onions. I like to stir through some diced asparagus. 
  8. Serve topped with green onions, toasted dried onion flakes and a pinch of lemon zest. YUMMO!

**I have tested these recipes using home made purees.

Here's how:

To make home made organic broccoli puree: Steam 3 cups of raw chopped broccoli and then puree in your food processor with 2 1/2 Tbsp filtered water. This yields 1 cup of puree.
To make home made organic spinach puree: Lightly steam 8 cups baby spinach leaves until just wilted and puree in the food processor. There is no need to add water. This yields 1 cup puree.
To make home made organic pea puree: Boil 2 cups green peas, drain, and then puree in your food processor with 3 Tbsp filtered water to yield 1 cup of pea puree. 

Tips!

Avoid sticky garlic

When chopping garlic into fine pieces, it can leave you in a sticky situation. The garlic sticks to your knife, your fingers, and the board. To avoid this – simply rub a tiny drop of olive oil onto the blade of your knife and a few drops onto the garlic cloves. The oil coats the garlic and stops it from sticking.

Yay! Risotto! Can’t can’t wait to try it! Thanks Tess

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We made this last night and all I can say is, DELICIOUS. This will be on the revolving recipes now. Thanks Tess.

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Oh, that looks really good. I can’t wait to make that.

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Vegan’s coming over for dinner - You have saved me yet again Blender Girl. Thank you and Happy 4th to you!

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I love anything green, vegan, and healthy so I am going to try this next!!!

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This was very tasty.
I was surprised…..Thankyou

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I felt so light and healthy after eating this meal last night. My wife did a stella job so i think i may have to out do her with your Vegan curry tomorrow night. :-)

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This was really delicious. Thankyou.

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WOWOWOWOWOW! Blender girl… This recipe is so amazing! I can’t stop making it!!!!!

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I made this for some friends on Saturday night and it was a big hit. Nobody knew it was vegan. Thankyou.

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I am making this tonight for dinner with potato and bean pancake on the side. This looks so yummy!

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I love this method of making Quinoa something special. I made the veggie purees as instructed, but I had to modify the recipe a bit. I didn’t use nutritional yeast or onions. Yet, the quinoa came out divine. This one is a winner!

This recipe makes a very big batch, so plan on having leftovers or invite lots of your friends to share in the green love!

I am so glad you liked this with your changes. YUMMO!

Delicious, how can something so healthy be so good.  Thanks Blendergirl!

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SO glad you are all enjoying this risotto.
I LOVE this recipe. It is so full of goodness and flavour. Oink Oink :)

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So delightful. I made the quinoa and purees the night before then did the rest when ready to eat. SO delightful. Very fresh and delightful.

Thank YOU!!

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GREAT idea. Then it is so much quicker the next day. So glad you enjoyed this.
This is JAM PACKED full of hidden goodness.

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