Easy Vegan Recipe: Mayim Bialik’s Winter Vegetable Risotto

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Mayim Bialik New Vegan CookbookMayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actor best known for her role as Amy on The Big Bang Theory, is a woman of many talents. In addition to earning a PhD in neuroscience and being a mother of two, Mayim is a vegan chef with a new cookbook out. Mayim’s Vegan Table is packed full of healthy, plant-based recipes to feed your family!

Mayim kindly shared with us her recipe for Winter Vegetable Risotto, a sophisticated dish that uses almond milk and tahini to create a creamy consistency and mouth-watering taste. Feel free to get creative and use any vegetables on hand – and tuck into this risotto without guilt, because this dish is healthy, delicious and cruelty-free!

The following recipe was adapted from Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

Winter Vegetable RisottoWinter Vegetable Risotto Recipe

1 medium-size carrot, peeled and diced 1 medium-size parsnip, peeled and diced

1 lb (about 2 cups) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary or thyme

5 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste

5 1/2 cups vegan vegetable stock

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 chopped cup onions or shallots

1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice

1/2 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk (rice or soya milk works, too)

2 Tbsp tahini

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp mirin (a sweet rice wine)

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Place the carrot, parsnip and squash in a large bowl with the rosemary. Add 3 tablespoonfuls of the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until soft but not mushy.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the stock and wine and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  • In a large non-stick pot, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and rice and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the rice begins to toast.
  • Add 1 cup of the simmering broth-and-wine mixture to the rice and cook, stirring continuously, until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Continue adding the broth 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring as it is absorbed. It will take about 20 minutes for all the broth to be absorbed and for the rice to become tender and creamy.
  • Add the almond milk, tahini, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and mirin and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the roasted vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 6 servings

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  • Philippa Clarke commented on February 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I’m hoping someone can clarify for me, Mayim has a PhD in neuroscience, was that accomplished without any of the invasive animal research that is standard in that field (and jokingly referred to by her character in Big Bang Theory)?

  • VeganLover commented on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Philippa Clarke, No, Mayim did not do any animal research. You should follow her on [email protected] to get your answer. And you really should get your facts right before being snarky. One thing being a keyboard warrior and another thing being a GOOD keyboard warrior. Good luck! lol

  • Philippa Clarke commented on February 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hands up! It was a genuine question, not intended to be snarky. I was thinking that achieving her PhD cruelty-free is even more impressive. In self defense, that’s why I asked the question, to get the facts, it really wasn’t intended to sound sarcastic which I can see it could be read as. It’s a shame there are so many trolls out there that someone asking a genuine question is automatically assumed to be one of them. Thanks for setting me straight VeganLover, consider me well and truly told.

  • Philippa Clarke commented on February 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Furthermore, apologies Mayim for any offence caused by my ignorance.

  • Hilary McCarthy commented on February 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Dear VeganLover,

    I do not know Philippa, but how is she to get her facts right, as you put it, if she is not permitted to ask a straightforward question. Your response, which is ridiculously defensive, can only hinder the cause of veganism. She deserves an apology, not the other way round.

    • Philippa Clarke commented on February 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Hilary, I think it’s genuinely a misunderstanding and I have to confess, VeganLover’s tough love has worked, I’ve read up on @missmayim and having a 10 week old daughter, bought her first book, “Beyond the Sling”.

      All’s well that ends well!

  • Kike Anunobi commented on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I want to be like you Phillipa Clarke!!!… Big enough to apologize even when you intended no wrong and BIG ENOUGH not to take offence.. Impressive & a rare find on the message boards of today.

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