We love a high-end meal that’s simple enough to make on a weeknight. This classic dairy-free risotto is luxuriously creamy and exceptionally delicious. When topped with succulent oyster mushroom scallops, this dish becomes a hearty and nutrient-packed meal. Enjoy with a glass of white wine for a sophisticated date night you can pull off in 30 minutes!
For the dairy-free risotto
1 cup white Arborio rice, rinsed
2 1/4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the oyster scallops
3 king oyster mushrooms
2 teaspoon soy sauce
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil (for sautéing)
1.Soak the cashews with 2/3 cup hot water in a bowl, cover and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients for the oyster mushrooms (soy sauce, water, sugar, and lemon juice).
3.Cut the mushroom stems into 1 1/2-inch discs. Transfer to soy sauce mixture to marinate.
4. Heat a medium nonstick pot over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic with olive oil until translucent. Add rice and wine. Stir to combine and cook down until the liquid has almost evaporated.
5. Add 1 1/2 cups of the vegetable broth to the rice pan, stir, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes.
6.Meanwhile, drain mushrooms. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the mushrooms on each side for about 5 minutes, or until soft and golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
7.Make cashew cream. Blend the soaked cashews with the soaking water and nutritional yeast in a high-speed blender until smooth.
8.Once the rice is cooked, add peas. Cover and cook for another minute to warm the peas. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of broth vegetable broth, cashew cream, and salt. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until thick and creamy (this can take several minutes).
9.Serve immediately with prepared scallops and ground black pepper.
Recipe reposted with permission of Ni Vu, a Switch4Good team member, recipe developer, and founder of Bare Naked Waffle. If you’re a recipe developer, athlete, or just proud to be dairy-free, sign up to be a part of our growing team of go-getter individuals!