Mushroom Asparagus “Risotto” – AIP

Mushroom Asparagus "Risotto" AIP + PALEO

It’s spring!! I can’t say how amazing it is to feel the lightness in the air. There’s a honeysuckle bush right outside my house and every time I step out I get a rush of it’s fragrance and I am enveloped by it’s sweet smell. It’s wonderful to hear the birds out, to feel the warm light on my skin as the sun is out. It’s just a beautiful time with the Earth coming alive again.  I feel a strongly that it’s time for our bodies to come alive again as well, using the foods of the season.

One of my favorite foods of the spring season is asparagus. Their bright green stalks are crunchy, full of beneficial nutrients and help reboot your system for spring. Spring is a time to dust off the remnants of winter and allow the light to come into our bodies both psychically and mentally. Asparagus is a great food to add to your diet to help aid in the natural detoxification process as it’s full of potassium, B Vitamins, Vitamin K and Folic Acid.

Mushroom Asparagus "Risotto" AIP + PALEO

Ever wonder what causes that awful asparagus pee smell? It  contains aspargine which is great for clearing the urinary tract and filters so quickly through your system. We all know it doesn’t take long to know after you’ve eaten asparagus! With beneficial fibers in can aid in digestion and help to fight belly bloat – which is huge for people with inflammatory issues, the better digestion the better we tend to feel!

Mushroom Asparagus "Risotto" AIP + PALEO

When I lived in Italy I had traditional  risotto (rice) quite often. It was perfect for my budget, left me feeling full for a while and when there were endless flavors like pumpkin sage, fig prosciutto and lemon with muscles, what’s not love! I wanted to recreate some of those fond memories in a meat-free dish for spring that’s sure to leave you feeling light but not without fuel.

The combination of meaty Shiitake mushrooms, cauliflower and asparagus make this “risotto” a main dish contender! It’s so simple and light but will leave you feeling satiated. The fragrant Shiitake mushrooms standout alongside the asparagus and give the “risotto” an earthy and silky flavor. Say hello to spring with this simple “risotto”!

Mushroom Asparagus "Risotto" AIP + PALEO

MUSHROOM ASPARAGUS “RISOTTO” {AIP+PALEO}

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 cup full fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon grass-fed gelatin (Great Lakes – red can)

1 1/2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons broth (chicken, turkey or beef)

3 1/2 cups riced cauliflower (roughly 1 head)

1 cup chopped asparagus spears

 

Process

1. Heat coconut milk in a sauce pan on low heat. Add the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Then add in the mushrooms and allow to simmer on low for 5 minutes.

2. While the milk and mushroom simmer, rice your cauliflower and chop your asparagus.

3. Add salt, garlic powder and broth to the pan and stir together. Then add in the cauliflower to pan and stir until fully covered. Simmer on low-medium for 10 minutes.

4. Next add the asparagus spears and stir together. Simmer again for 5 minutes until the asparagus is bright green in color and just tender.

5. Prepare a freezer-safe bowl, pour risotto mixture into the bowl and put in the freezer for 10 minutes. At this point I promise it is piping hot, it will barely cool it down but it will allow for it to come a safe temperature and for the gelatin to work it’s magic!

6. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Enjoy!

Love and light,

 

Kari

13 Comments

  1. Britney Judge April 29, 2015

    Hello,

    This is my first time to you blog. Can you tell me how you rice the cauliflower?

    Thank you,
    Brit


    • Kari April 29, 2015

      Hi Britney! So happy you found my blog. Of course, you rice the cauliflower by first cutting the head into florets, and then placing those florets in a blender or food processor. Pulsate the cauliflower until it is in crumbles resembling the size of rice! I hope that helps! Kari


      • Britney Judge April 30, 2015

        Thank you so much! This looks incredible, I’m going to try it this weekend.


  2. Sara May 24, 2015

    I just tried this recipe and you’re a genius. Thank you! It’s so delish!


    • Kari May 25, 2015

      Thanks so much Sara so glad you loved it! :)


  3. Pamela January 24, 2016

    I’ve been following you for a while and I love your whole message of self care/love and you have the very best recipes! just bought your book and I’m so excited to make the “cheese” and sardine pate! Thank you for sharing your talents and message.


    • Kari January 25, 2016

      Thank you so much for sharing all of this with me Pamela, I hope you enjoy everything in the book! It means a lot to me, thank you!


  4. ERICA April 28, 2016

    COULD GRASS FED COLLAGEN BE substituteD FOR THE GELATIN HERE?


    • Kari April 29, 2016

      You could use it, but it wouldn’t be the same in terms of having the “gel” factor if you use collagen peptides instead. You’d definitely have the protein, but the gelatin is what makes it a bit of a thicker consistency like that familiar risotto feeling. Enjoy!


  5. Lacey November 28, 2016

    Would you happen to know the nutritional information for this meal?


    • Kari December 1, 2016

      Hey Lacey, thanks for asking that question, the break down is as follows per serving (serves 2)

      Calories 304
      Fat 20.2
      Carbs 22.3
      Protein 10.6
      Sodium 144.1

      and its’ high in vitamincs C, A and Iron.

      Hope that helps!


  6. Cori margarita December 1, 2016

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Risotto has always been such a loving addition to meals that I left behind long ago when I started Paleo and now Aip. I am not a big fan of mushrooms so I subbed 1 cup yuca & 1/2 cup beef broth to keep the consistency and flavor. I did let it simmer on medium for 40min to soften the yuca to a mash. Other than that I followed your recipe exactly. It is so delicious and now a favorite! I also want to add that I made your pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving & it was a huge hit! hope this finds you well (:


    • Kari December 2, 2016

      OH I am so glad to hear that Cori!! It sounds like it was delicious with the yuca as well. And SO happy that you love the pumpkin cheesecake. It is definitely a popular one especially this time of year. Thank you for letting me know! :)


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