Mushroom and sundried tomato risotto – thermomix knockoff recipe

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    So the reality is, I have Eosinophilic Esophagitis.  It’s an unpleasant disease which has a significant impact on my life, as the symptoms are caused by allergies, mostly food allergies but sometimes also environmental allergens.  I have to go back to a strict elimination diet, based on the Top 8 elimination designed by my dietitian, to figure out what my food triggers are.  So for me that means eliminating all grains except rice, all dairy, corn, soy, seafood, nuts.  I can’t remember if there’s more.  I can’t eat fast or processed foods, because almost all processed foods contain wheat, corn, or soy, even if they are in very small quantities.  So a simple risotto is one of my go to meals now, and my current fave is Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Risotto.

    But I need to develop a repertoire of easy recipes that are tasty, allergen free and EASY to cook.  I used to love cooking, but my kids are fussy eaters. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome and eats a very limited diet.  My rheumatoid arthritis means I can’t spend much time chopping and prepping, because my hands swell up and give out very quickly.  When you spend hours cooking healthy, delicious food that no one eats, you get very sick of it, very quickly.  And lately, I mean within ten minutes.  I have to buy pre-cut vegetables, pre-washed salad leaves, packaged and preserved ‘semi-fresh’ herbs, because my hands do not have the strength, dexterity or stamina to chop my own herbs, make my own spice pastes or all the other things I used to love doing in the kitchen.  But its time to be grateful that these products DO exist, rediscover my kitchen skills, and find some love for it again.  And maybe give other people ideas for simple, allergy-friendly food.

    For me, this diet is entirely about food allergies, but many people find that changing their diet to one based on fresh, whole foods, rather than processed foods, benefits their inflammatory arthritis.  It hasn’t helped me in that regard, I think  most likely because I have always followed a diet based on fresh fruit and veg, lean meat, few processed foods. So its not a big change. But I always say its worth trying, and following a healthier diet will improve your general health, and is worth the extra overhead if it reduces your pain and other symptoms.

    This is where my thermomix knockoff – thermoknockoff as I call it – comes in.  It does a lot of the chopping and grinding and sauteing and frying for me.  It cooks great risotto, and I don’t have to stand there and stir for 30 minutes to get that perfect texture. I have to admit, sometimes the thermoknockoff over cooks it a little, but being able to lie down and rest while the machine does the cooking makes that a fair price to pay for me.

    The risotto still tastes great.

    So this is my basic risotto recipe.  The great thing about risotto is you can put pretty much anything in it.  Sometimes I throw bacon in it, sometimes chicken.  Pumpkin and bacon is very tasty.  I also throw in whatever herbs and spices I feel like.  I added some basil and oregano to this batch to make it a bit more interesting.  I should cook up my own stock, but I used a packet stock this time because all the ingredients are allergy friendly.  The only questionable ingredient is yeast extract,  and yeast extract is not on my forbidden foods list. This brand used to contain barely which is forbidden, so its pretty exciting that they have changed their recipe and now it’s fine for me to use.

    Cooking up your own stock is brilliant, but we’re talking a lot of time and effort, and as previously stated, with Rheumatoid Arthritis, fatigue is a big issue.  So when you have multiple food allergies you have to check labels constantly. Ingredients change all the time, and you have to be aware.  It makes food shopping that little bit more work, but most things I buy don’t even have labels – fruit, veg, rice, meat.  I will be scouring the sauces shelves looking for allergen free sauces, because I’m going to get sick of the available flavourings pretty quick.  But right now, the main thing is to get my diet cleaned up for a few weeks, and hopefully feel better.  Doing that means having ‘safe’ food readily available and easy to grab.

    Today I’ve had risotto for breakfast and lunch. Don’t think I can face it for dinner but here’s the basic recipe.

     

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    Mushroom and sundried tomato risotto - thermomix knockoff recipe
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
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    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
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    1. Chop the garlic and the onions in the thermomix or the thermomix knockoff.
      mushroom and sundried tomato risotto step 1
    2. Add the mushrooms and the olive oil and saute for 4 minutes, at 100 degrees, speed 1.
      mushroom and sundried tomato risotto step 2
    3. Add the rice, stock and sundried tomatoes.
      mushroom and sundried tomato risotto step 3
    4. Cook for 20 minutes, at 100 degrees, speed 1.
    5. That's it. Walk away while your risotto cooks. I usually have to go rest, while the machine does all the work for me. It might not make a perfect risotto, sometimes it is a little over cooked, but its very yum, and I don't have to stand there stirring for 20 or 30 minutes. Definately worth it!
    Recipe Notes

    Notes:  Gluten free, dairy free, corn free, soy free, paleo.  You could easily make this recipe vegetarian and vegan if you used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

    Risotto freezes well.  I put the risotto in small single serve containers, and grab one every day for lunch.  Or even breakfast sometimes.

    If you're using a commercial stock, check the ingredients!  You'll often find gluten, corn or soy derived products lurking there. This brand is safe, for now.  But I always check, ingredients can and do change regularly.

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    1 COMMENT

    1. Looks like you are doing great job with diets!

      I know how much power it takes…

      Still I feel from your blog that your children has the similar AI or allergic reactions which can develop to the AI conditions, all connected with digestion and/or elimination.
      I would guess that you all have the same trigger. Could be raw food (salad leaves and greens), nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, paprika) or something else on common basis…
      I cured from my RA, Rheino, Anemia and other side effects like brain fog, nausea, fatigue just by starting my diet with 2 day water fasting per month. Then I completely eliminated all grains, dairy, nightshades, sugar and processed foods as well as acid foods like vinegar and vine, of course. Now I am off the pills, healthy, still on diet, but healthy for 3 years already.

      The best food is bone broth with cooked vegetables (basically all soups made at home) without grains, nightshades and dairy.

      As they say, only 25% of people can live on raw food only, if raw food (or any food) is not digested properly it can poison the blood and cause all kinds of inflammations.

      Wish you a good luck, great power and inspiration in healing yourself and your family!

      You can delete my comment 🙂

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