Creamy, cheesy, dreamy risotto with lemon, thyme, garlic and vegetable broth — now that’s a comfort food we can sink our spoons into. This no-rice dish will help you pack on protein and immune-boosting nutrients that will fill you up without packing on the pounds.
The health benefits breakdown
In this risotto, white cannellini beans swap places with rice, to give this recipe the protein and fiber needed to help aid weight control and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Paired with high protein ricotta cheese, this white bean risotto makes a meal that keeps your belly full, not fluffy.
Lemon and chard contain immune-boosting vitamin C which can help fight off an oncoming cold or reduce the length of your sickness if you do happen to catch that annoying virus. Garlic, onion and thyme are known for their antimicrobial properties and also help your body fight disease. To add, thyme is actually one of the strongest antimicrobials out there to prevent against food illness and it’s unique carvacrol content helps relieve a sore throat.
Oh, and Grandmother was right about drinking our broth when we are sick. Vegetable broth is full of the vitamins and minerals from the vegetables that is are made from. Think of it like a vegetable tea: as the vegetables cook, the vitamins and minerals leak out into the water. Try making your own vegetable broth by boiling water in a pot, adding chopped vegetables or vegetable scraps of your choice, then simmering for at least 45 minutes. Strain out the vegetables and use it for soups — it’s seriously that easy!
Cue the daydreams of cuddling on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and a hot, steaming bowl of this white bean risotto with chard.