Trader Joe’s has done it again. This mushroom & herb risotto is unbelievable.
I have had in a few times before but I decided to amp it up with some extra veggies & flavor.
I sauteed some mushrooms & spinach in olive oil
and then following the risotto box mix instructions I made the risotto, added in the veggies, plus 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, and BAM this deliciousness came together.
This meal is satisfying, healthy, and indulgent! I will have it again! I served the Risotto with pork chops but for a simple meal next time I will try mixing in some rotisserie chicken!
June 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
I’m so impressed with you. How do you find time to eat so well? Also, are you nursing? My son is now 3.5 months and I find that all I generally have time to eat are granola bars, spoonfuls of nut butters, string cheese and quick stuff. I usually have a decent breakfast, but after that my days are hit and miss. I end up getting so hungry and eating foods that will give me a quick sugar rush. I’m also nursing. Any advice??? My husband works a lot too.
June 6, 2014 at 11:10 am
Thank you! I have to really plan and prep healthy meals since I am on the go a lot. On Sundays when my husband is home we team up in the kitchen to cook and prepare meals. I first make a plan of what I need for snacks, meals, side dishes.. go shopping and then spend like an hour and a half in the kitchen. It doesn’t take too long if you plan.
I nursed for the first 3 1/2 months and then I needed to stop. I know what you mean about resorting to granola bars, trust me at times I did too. Your appetite is increased so sometimes it is convenient to just grab what is available. Have you ever tried making bran or oatmeal muffins? I loved having them to grab for a quick snack.
I always make larger quantity meals so that there are leftovers. Chili’s are great, I make tons of grilled chicken or chicken cutlets (since you need extra protein) Also, my go to snack lately is a baked sweet potato!! It is satisfying to me and you can have it with lunch or as a mid-afternoon snack. Hummus and veggies are great too!
Let me know if you have any other questions
June 8, 2014 at 8:16 am
Thanks for responding! I’m definitely going to have to do better with planning/cooking ahead. I’m vegetarian too. Sweet potatoes sound like a great snack!
June 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm
Do you eat edamame? Or beans? They are great in salads! I also like toasted chickpeas or toasted pumpkin seeds for crunchy snacks!