Tomato Basil Risotto

Tomato Basil Risotto |

It’s nearly Halloween, but we’ve had only one frost here in Chicagoland; so I still have a few tomatoes hanging onto their vines in the ‘garden’. (The tomato patch was actually just a strip of wasted space between our driveway and the neighbor’s fence. It worked great!) So, while tomatoes are reaching the very, very end of their season, I still had a few to use up – yet with the chilly temps, I wanted something warm and comforting. Flipping through the fantastic family-friendly cookbook Cooking Light Real Family Food by Amanda Haas, I found the perfect recipe: Tomato-Basil Risotto.

Tomato Basil Risotto |

This dish containing ‘creamy’ rice, cheesy goodness, fresh basil and tomatoes is a shoe-in in terms of kid-friendliness. While being a fairly healthy dish (all the recipes in this book qualify as fairly healthy,) as a dietitian I had to add more veggies by serving up a scoop of risotto in a whole tomato. I told my kids we were having a ‘fancy dinner.’ They ate it up – literally.

Tomato Basil Risotto |

Oh, and don’t be scared off by the classic risotto preparation of adding chicken broth by the cup-full, and stirring after each addition. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes in the stirring department – and it easily takes me 20 minutes to get my three kids focused on the tasks of washing their hands, setting the table, remembering to distribute napkins, etc.

Since this Tomato-Basil Risotto recipe is copyrighted in the cookbook, I won’t share it, but it can be found here. And dozens of delicious Cooking Light risotto recipes can be found here.


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