Why is it we are so willing to put off personal well-being for work obligations? Why do we make professional investments and personal sacrifices? Even more important… who assumed that personal investments don’t always pay off professionally? I don’t believe personal and professional successes are mutually exclusive, though I know they can be incredibly difficult to balance.
You know what else is a balancing act? Risotto. How much stirring, how fast to add the liquid, how much cheese, etc. Risotto is one of those dishes that seems intimidating, but really is not. The best way to approach it is by prepping all of your ingredients – cleaning and dicing your veggies, measuring your liquids, and warming your broth. Risotto is truly a routine – a routine that pays off. Being able to make (delicious) risotto on a weeknight is the greatest confidence booster. The way I see it, that parlor trick is a personal investment that benefits professionally and personally.
The basics of risotto?
Toast up your rice in some butter or oil. Add liquid on ladle at the time, stirring between each addition.
Add your veggies, and the remaining liquid; let the veggies and rice absorb the liquid.
Fold in some cheese, and season with salt and pepper.
- 1 1/4 cup arborio rice
- 1/2 cup white wine, room temperature
- 1/2 cup water, room temperature
- 3 cups broth, warmed but not boiling
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup fresh peas
- 4 ounces shredded chicken breast
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and diced
- 2 leeks, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter substitute
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- Melt butter substitute in large, high-sided skillet over medium high heat. Add all the rice and stir well to coat each piece in the melted butter. Add in the leeks and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
- Add in your wine and scrape up the browned bits. Continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed, the rice will start to look sticky (that’s your cue that it’s thirsty!).
- Add the water and stir as you did with the wine, until the rice looks sticky. You will continue this process of adding and stirring with the stock until you have about one cup of stock left. This part should take you about 15-20 minutes.
- Add all of the remaining vegetables and the shredded chicken, mix well.
- Continue adding the remaining liquid and stirring as you did in step 3.
- Once your chicken and vegetables are warmed through, add in the cheese and bacon; season to taste.