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Mushroom Feta Quinoa Risotto from We are not Martha

Warm, creamy, and rich… just the flavors we’re looking for to forget the winter cold. This Mushroom Feta Quinoa Risotto from We are not Martha, packed with hearty flavors and filling quinoa, is just the ticket…

I’ll admit it. I’m risotto obsessed. I’m perfectly convinced that I could create a variation of risotto every single night and be perfectly happy with my dinner choice… for the rest of my life. Not to mention risotto makes the perfect leftovers for lunch the next day. Meals that you actually want to eat two days in a row or multiple times a day are always winners in my book. Mushroom risotto was the very first risotto I ever made, back in my “I’m so scared I won’t stir the risotto enough and it will stick to the pot and be ruined” days. Nowadays, I’m an old risotto pro (so I like to think) and have come to learn that constantly stirring the pot isn’t necessary. (Literally and figuratively.)

Mushroom Feta Quinoa Risotto Mushrooms

The other night, I had a desire to go back to my roots, while at the same time experimenting. And thus, I pulled my quinoa out of the pantry and grabbed a block of feta cheese and, of course, my old friends, mushrooms. A new risotto was born; one filled with healthy whole grains that will keep you nice and satisfied. Of course, the mushrooms really make this dish and add to its incredible earthy feel. Mushrooms and risotto will always go together like soul sisters. But adding a little extra pizazz is exactly what we need to keep life (and dinner) exciting.

Mushroom Feta Quinoa Risotto (serves 4-6):

  • 4-5 C low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 C mushrooms of your choice (I used shitake and baby bella), chopped in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 C quinoa
  • 1/2 C dry white wine
  • 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 C spinach

1) In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil then lower to a simmer and keep on burner.
2) In a separate, medium-large saucepan, heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, until onions are transparent.
3) Add the quinoa to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes.
4) Pour the wine in, listen to it sizzle, and then stir it a bit while the quinoa absorbs the wine.
5) Add one cup of chicken broth to the pot and stir a bit. You don’t have to constantly stir, but do check on the quinoa from time to time to make sure it’s not sticking to the pot. As soon as the chicken broth is absorbed by the quinoa, add another cup. Continue until the quinoa is nice and tender, but still firm. Don’t be a afraid to taste! That’s the best part.
6) Once all of the broth has been absorbed, stir in feta cheese. Take the risotto off the heat and stir in the spinach so it gets a little wilted.
7) Enjoy the most perfect comfort food of all.

Leek and Mushroom Quinoa from Food for My Family

This gorgeous post, well-suited for a cool fall weeknight, is brought to you by Shaina of Food for My Family.

In the morning I wake up and roll into the space my husband just got up from. He showers first, and that means that the dip in the middle of the mattress is free for the taking for the next ten minutes while I wait. It’s a comfortable dip when there’s just one of us resting in it, but when there are two, it’s never quite big enough, and somebody invariably has to tilt to get halfway up and out of the dip and then pretend that a good night’s sleep is had on an incline.

Those comfortable spots, worn and used, can become a crutch. You return to them in the kitchen as well, knowing how they feel and move and knowing how they taste. When it comes to cooking, my comfortable spot is in rice. Whether it’s brown or white, sticky or risotto, creamy or pressed into balls I find it to be a satisfying meal and side, one I rely on all too frequently.

After all, there are so many other beautiful grains to be had, not the least of which being quinoa. Quinoa packs a nutty punch, and it pairs well with some of my other favorite flavors and vegetables like leeks and baby portabella mushrooms: strong and earthy and fit for a warm dinner.

Leek and Mushroom Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Salt and pepper

Add quinoa and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed.

In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add in mushrooms and leek and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to become tender. Pour white wine over and cook for an additional 3 minutes until a thick sauce forms.

Stir mushrooms and leeks into the quinoa alone with the blue cheese crumbles. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.