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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Ingredients
  Butternut squash 2 Pound, peeled and cut into small cubes (1 whole, 900 gram)
  Olive oil 4 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 50 Gram (4 tablespoon)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
  Fresh oregano leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finely chopped (1 handful)
  Sage leaves 12
  Risotto rice 350 Gram (1 1/4 cup, such as arborio)
  Hot vegetable stock 1 1⁄4 Quart (1.25 liter)
  Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
  Sea salt To Taste
  Ground black pepper To Taste
  Freshly grated parmesan 4 Tablespoon
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas 6. Put the squash in a baking pan and sprinkle with salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender.
2. Put the butter, the remaining olive oil, and the garlic in a medium pan. Cook gently for 2 minutes, then add the oregano, half the sage, and rice. Let the rice absorb the buttery juices, then stir in a ladleful of the hot stock. Stir until the stock has been absorbed, then add the remaining stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring and making sure it has been completely absorbed before adding the next. This will take 20–25 minutes. The rice should be soft with a slight bite in the center.
3. Stir in the squash and lightly mash with the back of a fork, leaving some pieces whole. Stir in the lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan and remaining sage leaves.

Health tip
If you have cooked food that you aren’t going to eat immediately, cool it as quickly as possible (ideally within 1–2 hours) and then store it in the refrigerator. Never cool it down in the refrigerator, as this can raise the overall temperature, which will enable bacteria to grow on food already stored there.

Food as Medicine
Oregano is packed with health-giving phytonutrients, including a number of powerful antioxidants and volatile oils. One of these is thymol, which studies have demonstrated is a potent antibacterial and antifungal agent. Its ORAC (oxygen radical absorbency capacity, or antioxidant capacity) shows that it is one of the highest of all plant foods.
Sage makes a soothing gargle to use if you are suffering with a sore throat. Sage’s antiseptic properties help to kill bacteria. Add boiling water to some fresh sage leaves and leave to cool before using. Alternatively, gargle with small amounts of diluted pure tea tree oil, but be careful not to swallow it! Both blends can also be applied topically to the throat area to help ease soreness.

This recipe has been excerpted from 500 of the Healthiest Recipes & Health Tips You’ll Ever Need by Hazel Courteney. CICO Books, $24.95. cicobooks. To purchase the book visit www.amazon.com.

Photo Credit: CICO Books

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Servings: 
4

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