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Healthy Eating over 50: Champagne and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Recipe by Chef Day Radley

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Black is the new green. When it comes to food. Black rice is an anti inflammatory food with as many antioxidants as blueberries and blackberries and 6 times more than brown rice. During the Ming Dynasty this rice was reserved for the emperors so that only they could benefit, from what they called, Forbidden Rice.

Prep time – 15 minutes

Cook time – 30-50 minutes

Difficulty – Medium

Serves / makes – 2 portions


Olive oil

2 large leek, roughly sliced

2-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

½ cup vegan champagne or dry white wine

200-250g chestnut mushrooms, quartered

1 cup black gaba or nero rice, you can use arborio if you cannot find black rice

1 tablespoon stock powder

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

A kettle full of hot water

A handful of brazil nuts

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast




Heat a large pan on a low heat, add a splash of olive oil.

Once hot add the leeks and garlic, fry gently on a low heat, leek burns very easily.

Once the leeks are soft add the champagne or wine, raise the heat to medium.

Once the wine has reduced to around half add the mushrooms and wine.

Mix well then add the stock powder and 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast.

Add half a litre of hot water from the kettle, allow the risotto to simmer until nearly all of the water has evaporated. Keep topping it up when it evaporates until the black rice is cooked, this can take from 30 minutes up to 50/60 minutes, depending on the rice you are using. Once cooked through add salt to taste.

Toast the brazil nuts then crush with the 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast.

Serve the risotto with a scattering of brazil nuts.


Vegan Chef, Day Radley is founder of The Vegan Chef School. Day created the school to help forward the vegan movement.

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