Apple & Sage Vegan Sausage Over “Creamy” Cashew Ricotta Rice

Ok- so full disclosure for the first 6 years of my being a vegetarian I have not found a meat alternative that I like. I always felt things to be texturally off or missing the flavors of the meat they were imitating. However, thanks to a nice stranger in Whole Foods Supermarket, I ventured out again and gave some new brands a try. I can honestly say that Field Roast Grain Meat changed the vegetarian/vegan game for me. Whoever they have cooking up these delicious alternatives, truly gets it. I promise you will not be disappointed by anything you find of theirs and it will leaving you so shock that you are not really eating meat. 

This meal has the warmth and creamy decadence of comfort food while being packed with nutrition!

Ingredients:
– 4 cloves of mined garlic
– 1 onion (chopped)
– 3/4 cup of white wine
– 2-3 links of Field Roast Grain Meat apple & sage vegan sausage
– 1.5 cups of arborio rice
– 4 heated cups of your favorite vegetable broth
– 1 cup of fresh spinach
– 1/2 of cashew ricotta

Vegan Cashew Ricotta:
Soak 1 cup of raw cashews in a pot of water, covering with about an inch of water, for at least 1 hour. Pour the cup of raw cashews, drained of excess water, into a blender or food processor. Add the juice of 1 whole lemon, 2 heaping tablespoons of “Braggs” nutritional yeast, 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic (or more if you’re anything like me!), salt and pepper to taste, and about 1/4 cup of water. If you find that your mixture seems to thick, add in a tablespoon of olive oil or small bits of water until desired texture is reached.

In a small skillet, on medium/high heat, saute 2 of your minced garlic cloves and 1/2 of the chopped onion in 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil. Cook down until the onions become translucent and then add 1/4 cup of white wine. Give the wine 1-2 minutes to cook off it’s alcohol. Then add your 2-3 links of vegan sausage. For this recipe, I allow the sausage to break down in the pan using a wooden spoon to separate it into small pieces. When the sausage is browned, about 2-3 minutes, you can add your cup of fresh spinach. Cover the skillet and after 1-2 minutes you can turn the burner off and set aside until you are ready to eat!

Risotto:
For a simple risotto you can follow the directions on the back of the package of arborio rice. Or, in a separate large skillet, on medium heat, add 1 tbs of olive oil. Sauté in the remaining 1/2 of an onion until translucent then add 1.5 cups of the dry rice. Stir rice into pan until the rice is completely coated with olive oil. Then add the remaining 1/2 a cup of white wine to the rice and let cook down. When wine is completely absorbed 1 cup of your already heated vegetable broth. You will continue to add the heated broth 1 cup at a time until the rice has absorbed about 4 cups of broth. This should take about 20-25 mins. If rice is still a bit firm add more liquid as needed. When rice is at a desired texture, fold in 1/2 cup of my cashew ricotta mixture!

Once you have mixed the ricotta into your risotto you are ready to sit down and enjoy these delicious meal!

I say, since you already opened a bottle of white wine for this meal, you may as well pour the rest of it into a glass and celebrate your hard work!

Please message me if you have any questions or if you decide to give this yummy one a try! And like I said earlier, go to your local grocery store and buy Field Roast Grain Meat !

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