Quinoa Risotto Primavera

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Quinoa Risotto Primavera

Nutritive Information

  • Calories: 120 Kcal

  • Fat: 4.5 g

  • Carbohydrate: 14 g

  • Protein: 5 g

  • Fiber: 3 g.


  •  2½ cups Cauliflower florets, cut in 1-inch pieces, stems well-trimmed
  •  1½ Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1/2 cup Finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Finely chopped shallot
  • 2/3 cup Quinoa , rinsed and drained
  • 3½ cups Fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth , divided
  • 1/3 cup Thinly sliced baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup Frozen baby green peas
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Chopped flat leaf parsley


  • Place cauliflower in food processor. Pulse until cauliflower resembles crumbled feta, about 15-20 pulses; there should be 2 cups chopped cauliflower to set aside. Use leftover to add to soup or salad.
  • In heavy, wide, large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add shallots and cook until golden, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add quinoa and cook, stirring constantly, until grain makes constant crackling, popping sound, about 5 minutes. Carefully add 2 cups broth, standing back as it will spatter. Cover, reduce heat and simmer quinoa for 10 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower, carrots and 1/2 cup hot broth and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add peas and enough broth to keep risotto soupy, about 1/4 cup. Cook 8-10 minutes, or until quinoa is al dente or to your taste and vegetables are tender-crisp, adding broth 1/4 cup at a time, as needed. Risotto is done when liquid is mostly absorbed and mixture is slightly wet, but not soupy. Off heat, stir in cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve. Leftover risotto keeps for 3 days, covered in refrigerator, and can be served at room temperature as a whole-grain salad.

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