Vegophobia-is a word to describe a group of the public at large who are misinformed or undereducated about what it means to be a vegetarian or vegan. Not to be confused with 'Lachanophobia' -scared of vegetables. You might hear questions from someone who suffers from the phobia like "...But what do you eat then?" or the ever popular "so...you don't even eat ...BACON?"
YES you can cook delicious and easy vegetarian food!
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1 cup dry white wine (chardonnay or German Riesling)
About 6 cups of vegetable stock
1 butternut squash, one half baked in the oven and then pureed; the other half, peeled, cut into small dice, and Sauteed in a little oil and butter until tender
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Shaved parmesan to garnish (you can use a vegetable peeler or microplane)
In a medium-size heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring continuously, just until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rice and continue to stir, using a wooden spoon, to coat the rice with the oil.
Add the white wine and continue cooking, stirring often, until it has been absorbed by the rice. Pour in enough vegetable stock to cover the rice completely, about 3 cups, and continue to cook, stirring often, until all the liquid is absorbed.
Pour in 1 cup more of the remaining stock and stir and cook until it has been absorbed. Repeat with 1 more cup. Add the remaining cup and cook, stirring, until the rice is al dente, tender but still very chewy, and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Stir in the pumpkin puree and the diced pumpkin and reduce the heat to very low so that the risotto doesn't simmer anymore. Stir in the Parmesan and butter to give the risotto a nice, creamy finish. Spoon it immediately into heated (you can microwave plates for 4 minutes on 50% power) shallow serving bowls/pasta plates garnish with shaved Parmesan. Enjoy!
Higher protein Alternative:
Cube tofu and microwave in orange juice bath for 5 minutes before risotto is done
top with tofu chopped apricots and finish with shaved Parmesan garnish.