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Hungry Girl Today: 4.16.13
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HG's Creamy Mushroom Faux-sotto
Of course we crave creamy rice dishes complete with decadent sauces. We're not CRAZY! But risotto is typically a calorie and fat catastrophe. Not ours, thanks to a secret ingredient: CAULIFLOWER! So much for secrets... Enjoy!
2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
1 1/2 cups fat-free vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced white mushrooms
1 cup diced onion
3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
4 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
2 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
Optional garnish: chopped parsley
In a medium-large nonstick pot, combine all ingredients except Parm-style topping and cheese wedges. Add 3/4 cup water. Stir until well mixed. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for about 35 minutes, until rice is cooked and veggies are tender.
Add Parm-style topping and cheese wedges, breaking the wedges into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted and is evenly distributed. Serve and enjoy!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup)
PointsPlus® value 5*
Mushroom Risotto, Average
It's tempting to order restaurant dishes you think you'd never be able to make at home. Most risotto is made by slowly cooking fancy rice in broth thickened by its own starch. Not exactly everyday easy. But all the same, don't get suckered in by that creamy rice dish on the menu! It's a fat-packed frenzy! Yes, even veggie versions. According to Wikipedia, the rice is first quickly cooked in a mixture of butter or olive oil to "coat each grain in a film of fat." ACK! Luckily, our swap is neither labor intensive nor a nutritional fright-fest. We whittled down the cook time to under an hour, and it simply simmers all on its own. (No need to stir every five seconds.) We use finely chopped cauliflower to super-size the base, plus tons of mushrooms for flavor and further super-sizing! Add some creamy cheese and Parm-style topping... We're getting hungry just talking about it! Maybe it's time you took risotto off that list of dishes you wouldn't make yourself... Our faux-sotto should change your mind. (P.S. Try our original pumpkin version and this shrimp one too!)
Serving Size: 1 cup
PointsPlus® value 12*
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Today, April 16th, is Day of the Mushroom. What are the odds? Today's recipe is PACKED with mushrooms!
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