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I love Italian food., so I am always trying to figure out how to replace all the meat and cheese laden dishes with healthy, veggie alternatives. My absolute favorite Italian dish is risotto. This is absolutely one of my favorite versions, so I had to share! Oh so creamy goodness. If you want it even creamier, stir in a spoonful of vegan cream cheese. Or change up the veggies depending on what you have on hand. Try adding lemon zest with the rice, and stirring in asparagus and peas instead of the mushrooms and spinach. Delicious!

Mushroom and Leek Risotto With ‘Parmesan’ Tempeh [Vegan]

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  • 3/4 c arborio rice
  • 4 c vegetable stock
  • 2 T vegan butter, divided
  • 1/4 c white wine
  • 8 baby portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 c diced leeks
  • 2 c spinach
  • 1 T  + 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2  tsp dried thyme, divided
  • 1/2 block of tempeh
  • 1/4 c whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 c sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Make vegan “parmesan cheese” by combining nutritional yeast and sesame seeds in a food processor or blender until ground.
  2. Heat a large pot or skillet. Melt 1 T vegan butter, then add mushrooms and leeks. Add 1 T parsley and 1 tsp thyme and saute until soft.
  3. Add rice to the skillet and allow to toast slightly. After about 5 minutes, add wine and stir well.
  4. Add veggie broth about a 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently. Add broth as it gets absorbed, keeping the rice mixture covered in liquid. Keep adding and stirring until all broth is added and rice is tender.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in half of the vegan parmesan, spinach, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Combine remaining vegan parmesan, breadcrumbs, and the rest of the parsley and thyme in a shallow bowl.
  7. Dredge tempeh slices in mixture, patting it down well to stick it to the tempeh.
  8. Heat a skillet with remaining Earth Balance. Cook tempeh until heated through and golden on each side.
  9. Serve tempeh on top of risotto. Garnish with any remaining parmesan.


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