Whether you're serving it for a fancy dinner or just making it for yourself, this beet barley risotto is as gorgeous as delicious. Ready in just 30 minutes, each bowl packs the earthy flavour of beets and the freshness of mint.
Preparing this risotto is super simple: all you have to do is simmer pearl barley in vegetable stock until tender; then, stir in mashed beetroots, cashew cream, and finish it off with chopped mint. Scoop it into your nicest bowl, and get ready to savour the best veggie risotto ever!
Risotto is a staple Italian dish consisting of short-grain arborio rice, first sizzled with chopped onions and extra virgin olive oil and then slowly cooked in stock. Risotto is often paired with seafood, saffron, porcini mushrooms, or parmesan cheese for extra flavour.
In our recipe, we swapped white rice with barley and grated parmesan with rich cashew cream. It's a fun twist on the classic risotto, suitable for those on a vegan diet or with a milk allergy.
Beetroots add a beautiful pink hue to the dish and load it with precious antioxidants. We balanced the earthy note of beets with the bold taste of mint and the sour zing of our lemon cashew cream. You won't believe a beet risotto can taste so good!
One bowl of this barley risotto makes a well-balanced meal in 530 calories. It also covers over 30% RDI of proteins and a whopping 70% RDI of fibres. Awesome!