The Diet: Day 3

I am posting early today because there are plenty of leftovers in the fridge from Day 1 and Day 2 to get us by for lunch and dinner.  But breakfast, ohh breakfast.  This was time for something special.  This morning I made a breakfast risotto.  It was slightly sweet with wonderful, lingering spices.  We shall call it:

Chai Risotto with Baked Apples

First, slice one apple thinly and arrange in a baking pan of your choice.  Whisk together 1-2T agave syrup (I used the maple-flavored syrup) and a splash of lemon juice (I used the bottled stuff for this).  Then I added the seeds from half a vanilla pod.  (Save the pod for the risotto!)  After stirring together well, I brushed the mixture on top of the apples and put them in a 350 oven.

While they are baking, warm 3 cups of unsweetened almond milk with the reserved vanilla pod, the other half of the seeds (and the pod), fresh grated nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, 1/8t ground cloves, and 1/4t of ground cardamom.  In a separate pot, melt ~2T coconut oil over medium heat.  Add 1c arborio rice and stir together for 2 minutes.  Add a ladle of warmed spiced milk and stir until incorporated.  Repeat until all milk is incorporated.

Keep checking the apples.  Just before pulling them out, I added a little coconut oil to help them brown.  Total, apples took less time than the risotto, probably 10-15 minutes.

When the risotto is finished, make sure you remove any vanilla pods and the cinnamon stick.  I found I wanted a little more spice, so I added more freshly grated nutmeg and some ground cinnamon.  I also felt it need a little sweet finish, so I added a little plain agave (less than 1 tablespoon).  Serve with sliced apples on top.  Enjoy!

This was a hearty breakfast that will stick to your ribs.  The Philosopher said that “It tastes like nothing I have ever eaten before….but it’s good.”  So there you go.  Breakfast like you have never had before.  Hearty and warming.  Slightly sweet and bright.  This is a great alternative to the typical oatmeal breakfast.

Have a great day!

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