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Healthy Recipes: Green Pea and Lemon Risotto

Risotto is traditionally a comfort food to warm up your day. This recipe puts a light, summer twist on traditional risotto with the addition of lemon zest and makes a great addition to your summer rotation.


1 teaspoon Olive oil

3/4 cups Aborio Rice, Barley, or Brown Sushi Rice

1 cup Onion, finely diced

1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced

4 cups Chicken Stock, warmed

1 cup White Wine, Chablis or Chardonnay

2 cups Green Peas

1 ½ Tablespoons Fresh Thyme, chopped

2 each Lemon, zest

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

1/2 cup Half and Half

½ teaspoon Salt

To Taste Ground Black Pepper


  • Preheat medium size sauté pan to medium high heat. (preferably non-stick)
  • Add olive oil- make sure to spread around pan
  • Add diced onion and sauté until soft
  • Then add Aborio rice or brown sushi rice to pan and sauté with onions
  • Stir continuously.
  • Add in ½ cup of the chicken stock.
  • Once chicken stock is absorbed in the rice, add ½ cup of the white wine.
  • Continue this same process until the last ½ cup of chicken stock is left.
  • Add your green peas, lemon and thyme into the risotto.
  • Once the vegetables soften, then add your last half cup of chicken stock.
  • Once the chicken stock gets absorbed into the rice, add your parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Add half and half. *Can be optional, but it does give a little creamery texture and appeal.

 Serves: 8

Serving Size: ½ cup

Calories: 182

Fat: 5 grams

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