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Healthy Diet Recipes: Wholegrain Green Risotto

Healthy Diet Recipes: Wholegrain Green Risotto

This is my super wholesome version of a classic risotto. The brown rice takes a bit longer to cook but it’s worth it and will keep you fuller for longer. A note from Eatopic: Defrost peas in a flash by tipping them into a sieve and pouring boiling water over them.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Servings 2


  • #For the Green Purée#
  • 100g baby spinach
  • Small handful fresh
  • coriander and/or flatleaf parsley, tender stalks and leaves chopped
  • 1/2 mild green chilli, seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 2 heaped teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder
  • #For the Risotto#
  • 100% mild and light olive oil spray
  • 8 spring onions, outer leaves and tops removed, green and white parts sliced
  • 160 g brown basmati rice 100 g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 100 g green beans, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 15 g freshly grated parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • For the purée, chuck the spinach, herbs, chilli and bouillon powder into a blender. Add 250ml water and blitz to a purée.
  • Spray a large, heavy-based (preferably non-stick) frying pan or saucepan with olive oil and place over a medium heat. Add the spring onions and fry for 2-3 minutes until just softened. Stir in the rice and fry for one minute then add the green purée plus another 350ml water. Bring to a simmer, stir once, cover the pan and simmer over a medium heat for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes of cooking stir the rice and check the texture – it should be just tender and most of the liquid absorbed; add a splash more boiling water if needed and cook for a few more minutes. Scatter the peas and beans over the rice, cover with the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Use a fork to gently fold the beans and peas into the rice along with the lime juice and half the parmesan. 5 Scatter over the remaining parmesan and some freshly ground black pepper and serve.
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