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Venturesome Vegetarian – Book Giveaway!

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Venturesome Vegetarian – Book Giveaway!

Vegetarian Awareness Month is almost over, but we’re not done giving away vegetarian cookbooks! Our next pick is Venturesome Vegetarian Cooking: Bold Flavors for Meat- and Dairy-Free Meals by J.M. Hirsch and Michelle Hirsch. The authors, a mother-son team, have created over 150 easy-to-make recipes that pack a flavorful punch. Here are two recipes that we thought sounded delicious for fall: Peppery Pumpkin Risotto and Wasabi-Ginger Mashed Potatoes. Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of the book!

Peppery Pumpkin Risotto
Start to finish: 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings

We love the sinful taste of risotto, all thick and creamy. The pumpkin gives this dish a beautiful color and a rich flavor.

TIP: Fresh winter squash, such as butternut, is a great substitute for pumpkin. Cut roughly 3/4 pound of peeled winter squash into cubes, then steam until tender. Mash and use as directed.

  • 1 3/4 cups Arborio rice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy margarine
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine, such as Riesling
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin or 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy Parmesan cheese

1. Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer and drain.

2. In a large skillet, combine the oil, margarine and onion and saute over a medium flame until the onions are soft, about 6 minutes.

3. Add the rice and stir well until coated with the oil and margarine. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the wine. Stir constantly until the wine has been absorbed.

4. Begin to add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and adding more liquid as it is absorbed.

5. When the rice has absorbed the broth, reduce the flame to medium-low. Taste to check the texture. The rice should be firm but cooked through. If the rice is too hard or dry, add additional broth, 1/2 cup at a time. When the rice is at the desired texture, stir in the pumpkin, ginger and cayenne pepper.

6. Cook 2-3 minutes, then add salt, black pepper and soy Parmesan and mix well. Serve immediately.

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6:13AM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Love risotto - fun to make, too - so this pumpkin version should be a great little adventure!

5:29PM PST on Feb 9, 2011

That recipe sounds extremely tasty and delightful - thanks for posting it!

3:34PM PST on Feb 9, 2011

I could really use this book because I want to be a vegetarian and do it right.

5:33AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Looks very good to eat.

8:19PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

pumpkin is delicious, but cheese is gross, in my opinion. thanks for the post!

3:27PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

They all look so good, I can't wait neither can my stomack.

5:42AM PST on Nov 25, 2010

These recipes look amazing! Thanks for sharing..

12:03PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

I have been a vegetarian for many years! Your Care 2 Healthy & Green Living has provided me with many yummy and unsual recipes that I would've never thought of! Thanks! I would love to win 1 of these cookbooks-especially if it's full of recipes like the two above! Thanks for your time and keep on sending these yummy began recipes (that's what vegan friends are 4!!)

12:02PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

I have been a vegetarian for many years! Your Care 2 Healthy & Green Living has provided me with many yummy and unsual recipes that I would've never thought of! Thanks! I would love to win 1 of these cookbooks-especially if it's full of recipes like the two above! Thanks for your time and keep on sending these yummy began recipes (that's what vegan friends are 4!!)

7:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2010

HELP! I am a BAD vegetarian, and I could really use this book! I have been feeding my daughter and myself vegetarian food for a couple of years, (and have been car-free for six), but I just had surgery and discovered I am protein-deficient. So, I admit I am one of those bad vegetarians who just omits meat from the menu, and adds a few nuts or a bit of tofu. Not working! We could REALLY use a good, simple, comprehensive veggie cookbook, because I don't own any cookbooks. There, I said it. Our family would really appreciate such a book. Thanks!!

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