Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Project: Instant Lunch from Leftovers, or Emergency Kabocha Risotto

What's the emergency?  There's no risotto in the house, that's the emergency!

 In a bowl, add equal parts kabocha squash and rice.  Stir to combine and microwave until very very hot.

Leftover oven-roasted kabocha squash (or use butternut)

Leftover rice in the rice cooker (half brown rice, half white, FYI)

Then add a little yogurt and butter (or olive oil.)  Stir.

A spoonful of yogurt, plus a couple dots of butter (not pictured)

Then cover it with shaved parmesan.

Grated parmesan, as much as you need

Add salt to taste, and what do you get?  Emergency kabocha squash risotto!  I used up two different leftovers and made something completely new.  The end result is greater than the sum of its parts.  Is it as good as real, slave-over-the-stove Arborio rice risotto?  Not quite.  But it only took 3 minutes to make, and it's a hell of a lot better than the grilled cheese sandwich I was going to eat for lunch!

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