What is a healthy recipe for asparagus risotto?

Here’s a healthy recipe for asparagus risotto:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon trans fat-free margarine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 small bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small carrot, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup 1 percent milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and margarine over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook
for 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and toss to coat. Gradually mix in the broth, 1/4 cup at a
time, stirring constantly. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 50 minutes.
Stir in the asparagus, carrot, lemon zest, and milk, and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove
from the heat and let sit for a few minutes. Season with the parsley, sage, salt, and black pepper to
taste. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information (per serving)
  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 118
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
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