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Veggie Filled Lemon Risotto

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

This versatile dish is perfect on its own, over mixed greens, or a zesty side for grilled chicken, salmon and shrimp.

Creating a simple blended stock of onions, garlic, scallions, and celery in the instapot will add a depth of flavor to the risotto. You will thin this out with either store bought or homemade chicken (or veggie) stock. ((If you are short on time, you can use all store-bought stock)).

Not only is this meal delicious, but it is also filled with veggies and is gluten and dairy free.

Catch the replay of my appearance on The Rhode Show ( from Thursday July 26th) whipping up this delish dish!

Stock Ingredients:

  • 4-5 stalks celery

  • 6-8 large garlic cloves

  • 1 scallion

  • ½ onion

  • 4 cups water


Add all stock ingredients into the instapot. Seal and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. Blend until smooth. Freeze or use any stock leftovers in pasta, sauces, soups, and any other dishes you need to add a little burst of flavor.

Spice Blend:

  • 3 Tbl Garlic Powder

  • 3 Tbl Onion Powder

  • 1 Tbl Thyme

  • 1 Tbl Parsley

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

  • ½ tsp Salt

  • ½ tsp White Pepper

Risotto Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil

  • 1 cup arborio rice, rinsed and drained

  • 4-5 cups warmed stock (½ blended veggie stock)

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 6-8 garlic cloves

  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut in 1” pieces

  • 1 zucchini, shredded

  • 1 bag frozen sweet peas

  • 2 small lemons, zested & juiced

  • ¼ cup white cooking wine (separated) ((Substitute white wine vinegar, or white balsamic))

  • Handful of parsley, chopped

  • Handful of scallion, chopped

  • Handful of baby spinach & arugula mix

  • Spice Blend


  • Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over med-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add Onions, sauté two to three minutes, then add garlic. Remove all but two tablespoons of the onion and garlic mixture.

  • Add in chopped asparagus. Sauté and add 2 Tbl of seasoning blend. Sauté until aromatic, deglaze with 2 Tbl of white wine (white cooking wine, white wine vinegar or while balsamic vinegar) add in ¼ C of blended stock.

  • Transfer asparagus to a bowl and return the pan to the heat. Add another swirl of olive oil and rice to toast. The rice will brown and start smelling nutty. Add in remaining sauteed onion & garlic mixture, lemon zest and 3 Tbl of spice blend.

  • Deglaze with remaining white cooking wine and 1 cup of blended stock. Stir consistently with a wooden spoon (as to not break up the rice). When the rice has absorbed all the liquid, Alternating between blended stock and chicken / vegetable stock, continue adding 1 cup of stock at a time until the rice is tender.

  • Add in grated zucchini, stir to wilt.

  • Add in sweet peas, and lemon juice - cover and let sit for five minutes.

  • Add in a handful of spinach, stir to wilt.


Goat Feta Balsamic Glaze Pulled or Baked Chicken Lemon Garlic Salmon or Shrimp

Kids bowl with Risotto and pulled chicken on the side // moms bowl with goat feta, balsamic glaze and chicken.

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