Monday, September 23, 2013

Risotto and Sticking to Your Routine

I remember making risotto for the first time almost 20 years ago. The recipe called for saffron, and I discovered what an expensive spice saffron is. I had high expectation for the dish but unfortunately was quite disappointed. Looking back, maybe my expectations were just too high… Unfortunately, I have pretty much stayed away from making risotto myself ever since.

When I received Nicole’s cookbook - Prevention RD's Everyday Healthy Cooking: 100 Light and Delicious Recipes to Promote Energy, Weight Loss, and Well-Being - the risotto stood out right away because Nicole stated it was her husband’s favorite dish. Plus, it has asparagus and mushrooms, which I love. I therefore knew that I had to make it. It was time to have a risotto success story!

The publisher gave me permission to share the recipe with you. The recipe is not difficult but a bit more time consuming as you’ll have to add liquid and stir the risotto while it’s cooking. The outcome is a creamy, very tasty risotto. We can definitely see why Mr. Prevention RD likes the dish so much.



Sticking To Your Routine When Life Gets Tough

Life has been challenging lately, and I am once again reminded of the importance of taking care of myself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and let go of healthy habits in difficult times. Yet especially during a tough time, it’s important to continue to go on my walks (I’m averaging 11,000 steps, over 5 miles daily according to my Fitbit), practice yoga, do sprints a few days a week, and do some strength training.

Sticking to my routine always makes me feel better. Cooking a healthy meal and enjoying it as a family is soothing, and I am so very, very thankful for our time together.

Living a healthy life is about so much more than how your clothes fit or how well you perform certain athletic moves. It’s about setting yourself up to be able to deal with whatever life throws at you the best you can. Things can change so quickly. But if you have a system in place, you can continue to prepare and eat healthy meals and feel as good as possible.

On a happier note, the older kid spent the weekend with us, and we enjoyed a special breakfast on Saturday. Excuse the messy hair! Smile



Questions: Do you like risotto? Do you make it yourself? Feel free to link to your favorite risotto recipe in the comments. What was the highlight of your weekend? It was nice to spend quality time with all my boys.

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclaimer: I received Nicole’s cookbook for free from the publisher but all opinions are my own.]

32 comments:

  1. YES!!
    Im not terribly routinized except when life gets bumpy.
    I found Im better and the child is better with routine during stress.

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    1. Yes, especially kids need a routine when things get stressful.

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  2. Hi Andrea, Yesterday, we picked up an Asian friend from the airport. And I was telling him and my husband about the other blonde blogger (you) who also had an Asian husband named Andy. And they thought this was hilarious!!! And I said that your son is blonde! And that was very interesting to them. Lol. So you've been on my mind lately. :D

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    1. I think the kid's blonde days are numbered. :)

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  3. Man, it must be a trip to have your first "baby" be bigger than you!
    Looks like such a fun family weekend!

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    1. We had a great time.

      And, yes, it's strange to all of a sudden have a "giant baby." :)

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  4. I tried making risotto once and failed. I love it so this was a good reminder to try it again!

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  5. I just got Nicole's cookbook in the mail today from the publisher - can't wait to check it out!

    My MIL makes the best risotto and taught me how, but I cheat - I don't stir constantly, I just add broth, do something else, come back, add some more and stir - still comes out great without the constant stirring (although don't tell my MIL!).

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2010/05/03/wonderful-weekend/

    I add apples in mine too instead of onions, your younger son might like it with the sweet taste!

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    1. I like the idea of adding apples instead of onions. Thanks for the link!

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  6. I do like it but I've never made risotto. This looks terrific.

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    1. It turned out great and was a lot easier than I thought.

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  7. I never made risotto...yours look awesome...this risotto looks delicious, exploding in flavors...
    Hope you are having a great week Andrea :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana.

      I hope you are having a great week, too!

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  8. Such a great read. I have had a lot of challenges thru life & my exercise has got me thru the worst of them... I am in the midst of more like you & without me workouts, it would be very tough. Thank you for a beautiful post & pic!!!

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  9. I like risotto a lot but when I think about it, I only made it once. I don't like it that I have to stir in the pan constantly. But seeing your dish makes me want to eat it again someday. Maybe I'll make it again soon.

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    1. Stirring it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I decided to prep some other food while I made it and was able to wash and cut up lots of veggies while the risotto was cooking and I was stirring it. Since I felt I was productive it didn't feel like a big deal.

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  10. So glad you gave risotto another try :) I haven't made risotto in a while - perhaps I'll add it to next week's menu!

    I completely agree with what you say about living healthy - a lot of people I've met concentrate only on the calories or the number of workouts or this nutrient or that, and then don't realize rigidity is setting them up for stress when something changes. Health really is a whole body, whole life experience!

    That last pic of three of you is sweet :)

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    1. So true what you said about health!

      And you should make some risotto soon! :)

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  11. Sounds delicious! Ben loves risotto, I'll have to try it. I'm having major frustrations at the gym because they took the punching bag out...I loved incorporating it in my workouts!

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    1. Sorry they got rid of the punching bag. I've never used one, but it sounds like a great workout.

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  12. Nice family photo with the boys! I have never made risotto but I have a pressure cooker recipe waiting to be tried!

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    1. Sounds like you are really using that pressure cooker!

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  13. Glad you are sticking to your routine! It is definitely hard when things get rough. Right now I'm planning a wedding, trying to find a new job, and getting our first dog--and still trying to fit in my workouts!

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    1. You are busy! Good job sticking with your workouts!

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  14. Risotto is basically congee or jook. I bet you could make it in a fuzzy logic rice cooker without too much work. Totally random, but I just read this amazingly fun and interesting book by Jen Lin-Liu called On the Noodle Road, exploring some of the connections between Italian food and Chinese food (and everything along the way, literally). Highly recommended!

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    1. Yes, I bet you can make risotto in a rice cooker. Tami above has a pressure cooker risotto recipe.

      The book sounds fascinating!

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  15. loved this quote about sticking to a healthy routine (the premise of my upcoming book so I'm with you) "It’s about setting yourself up to be able to deal with whatever life throws at you the best you can" Amen. And so happy you are a risotto success story, I failed once too and got scared off.

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    1. Give risotto another try! It's not hard, and I think it just depends on the right recipe. I actually found the stirring kind of soothing (definitely different from my usual work in the kitchen. But I also got a lot of other prep work done while I was making the risotto).

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  16. I've never made a risotto at home because it seems time consuming. Yours looks fantastic!
    I agree that when life gets overwhelming it's even more important to keep the routine. I tried to do that but when the degree of overwhelmingess gets too high... I gave up... :)

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    1. I hope things are getting better, Coco!

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