Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

Here it is! A healthy vegan risotto with high protein peas, asparagus, and mint. So perfect! And so good!

I love the traditional risotto rice, and even though I avoid refined grains, from time to time, I make a classic recipe. But this spring-themed whole-grain dish works perfectly! Served as an entrée or as a side dish, paired with some mixed greens salad, or garlicky greens (love broccoli rabe!), this risotto will make you a hardcore fan of brown rice!

Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

When I saw that coconut butter was one of the ingredients in this recipe, I frowned. I love coconut and use it every day: the oil for cooking, the chips as part of my granolas and soup, and the flakes on my oatmeal, puddings, and smoothies. But in a risotto? I had to try it. And thank Goodness I did!

The coconut butter adds the same creamy texture of cheese. You can taste the coconut, as I expected, but it is very mild. If you can not find coconut butter in your local supermarket (or don’t to spend a fortune on it for just one recipe!) use coconut cream instead. Just be careful not to buy the sweetened coconut cream sold on the Latin cuisine aisle of the supermarket’s as it is loaded with sugar and is for mojitos and desserts.

Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

These fresh peas from Trader Joe’s are so good. I always buy them as I can’t find fresh peas in my local markets. Frozen peas also work, but they are not as crunchy as the fresh ones.

I brought the smoked salt at Fairway. If you can’t find smoked salt in your supermarket, add some liquid smoke to regular salt and let it dry. Spread the salt on a baking sheet and put in the oven for a few minutes until it gets dry.

Trader Joe’s has these awesome fresh peas!
Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint

Minted Pea and Asparagus Risotto

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, small dice
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 8 ounces organic Chardonnay
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (about 4 to 5 stalks) asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen (thaw or freshly shucked) peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh chopped mint
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut butter

Instructions

  1. Heat a 2-quart sauce pot over medium-high heat. Melt the coconut oil, then add the onion, cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the rice and cook for an additional 2 minutes. This toasts the rice and gives it a wonderful nutty flavor. Pour in the white wine and allow it to reduce by half before adding 12 ounces of stock. Stir often and allow the rice to absorb most of the liquid before adding more. Continue cooking the rice, adding the liquid in 4-ounce increments and remembering to stir often.
  2. When the rice feels just about fully cooked add the asparagus and continue to cook. At this point, the rice should be thick and creamy. Add the peas, stir to combine, and heat through. Season with the salts, black pepper, and stir in the mint and coconut butter. Serve immediately.
The best Spring vegan risotto with peas, asparagus, and mint. This healthy and creamy risotto is made with brown rice and coconut butter.


2 thoughts on “Vegan Risotto with Peas, Asparagus, and Mint”

  • Hey Lu, great recipe! Its almost same recipe with a local and very popular recipe known as coconut rice! Preparation is same but we use any kind of rice (although never used brown rice to prepare it). I like the way this is prepared and I am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Jennifer! I am OBSESSED with this rice! I never heard about coconut rice, but I am already a fan.
      Thank you for your comment.

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