Darlings, if you read La Diva’s blog yesterday, it was all about the glorious food I get each Saturday from the farm co-op I support and the challenge of using all the produce throughout the week. Well, La Diva has further challenged herself by using only what’s in her freezer or pantry with minimal ingredients from the grocery store! Every once in a while, the freezer and pantry need a good clean out!
Today’s challenge: Red Chard
Full of iron, Vitamin C and all sorts of leafy-green goodness, the red chard is part of the Swiss chard family and looks the same except for the bright red stem and veins throughout the shiny, dark green leaves.
In the freezer I found two turkey Italian sausages and in the pantry….aborio rice! So, how about lovely, easy risotto for a cool winter’s day?
La Diva whipped up a hearty but low calorie risotto using the stems and leaves of the chard making sure to add the stems first as they cook longer. I then browned the finely-sliced and cooked sausage links and added to the rice for flavor. Slicing the sausage will make it go further while reducing the calories and fat content as it’s meant to be a “hit” of flavor and not a main component. Using 10 oz. of uncooked aborio, there was plenty of risotto as a main dish for four hungry diners.
I served the red chard risotto with a lovely, fresh insalata mista (mixed green salad) and a nice glass of chardy! Delicioso!
Check back tomorrow to see what other DELISH ideas La Diva does!
Originally posted 2009-01-04 19:36:00.