Spelt risotto with vegetables, carrots, peas, green beans, green asparagus and bacon, excellent! Forget the bacon to make it a vegetarian dish!
This is really a delicious, flavorful and healthy side dish or main dish.
This dish can be made with the vegetables you have in the house, fresh or frozen. It can also be made in the same fashion using wheat, bulgur, millet, buckwheat, etc.
9 oz. (250 g) spelt
32 oz. (1liter) of vegetable or chicken stock/broth
18 to 21 oz. (500 to 600 g) mix of vegetables fresh or frozen
3 shallots minced
About 10 slices of bacon cut in strips
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. parsley or basil
Into a saucepan, bring to boil 1.5 liter of stock, add the spelt and cook as per instructions on pack, mine was cooked in 10 minutes
Drain well and set aside
In the meantime, into a large pan, heat 3 tbsp. olive oil or more if needed, add shallots and mix of vegetables, here I had green asparagus, green beans, green peas and carrots
If vegetables are frozen, cook as per instructions on the pack or simmer on medium/high heat until all the released water has evaporated
If vegetables are fresh, add salt and pepper to help them release their own water and simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes, add a little water whenever needed until the vegetables are cooked to your taste
Once all the water is evaporated, add bacon and basil, stir and simmer a few minutes more
Pour the spelt into the pan of vegetables
Add about 1 or 2 tbsp. olive oil, stir, simmer on medium/high heat for a minute or two to re-heat
Add salt and pepper to your taste
I always store bags of uncooked (stress “uncooked”) mixed vegetables in my freezer, frozen vegetables are often fresher than the fresh vegetables you can buy in stores and I find it very handy when you are in a hurry
Here I used a mix of carrots, green beans, green peas and added a few green asparagus, with the shallots, that makes up for your 5 vegetables per day…
Here are a few very interesting facts about spelt gathered on internet (I am no dietitian or doctor therefore I have no ability to judge the quality of these facts): Spelt is a cereal known for its nutritional and dietary qualities. It contains all eight amino acids that are essential to the human body.
This seed is composed of several minerals such as zinc, iron, copper and magnesium, giving it anti-stress properties, or calcium corresponding to about an amount of two glasses of milk per 100 g. There are also vitamins B1 and B9.
Spelt is an excellent food for work out and sports through its high content of protein and carbohydrates; the latter, being special, helps intestinal transit and stimulate the immune system to increase resistance to infections.
Finally, this cereal consists of a high quality gluten because it has not undergone varietal selections such as wheat. Thus, it allows a better tolerance of this molecule by gluten allergy sufferers.
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