Roasted Squash & Buckwheat Risotto

This Autumn, we've turned to our friends at recipe delivery box service Mindful Chef to discover what they'll be serving up during the colder months. We've already tried their celeriac and herb rosti and the spiced Moroccan chickpea stew, this week they've created a wholesome roasted squash and buckwheat risotto exclusively for us. Using buckwheat instead of rice, this hearty meal is 100% gluten-free, and contains phytonutrient rutin to help lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels.

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INGREDIENTS
120g buckwheat
1/2 vegetable stock cube
180g chestnut mushrooms
1 red onion
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp pumpkin seeds
2 tsp tahini
400g butternut squash
Medium handful of fresh sage

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 200C / gas mark 6 and boil a kettle.

2. Peel and chop the squash into 1cm cubes. Place on a baking tray, drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and place in the oven for 15 mins until softened. Remove the squash from the baking tray. Rub the sage leaves with 1/2 tbsp olive oil and place on the baking tray in the oven for 5 mins.

3. Meanwhile, finely chop or crush the garlic and dice the red onion. Finely slice the mushrooms.

4. Dissolve the half vegetable stock cube in 300ml boiling water. Heat a medium-sized pan with 1/2 tbsp oil on a medium heat and cook the garlic and onion for 5 mins until softened. Then add the mushrooms and cook for 3 mins. Rinse the buckwheat and add to the pan, stir for 1 min and then add the vegetable stock.

5. Simmer for 15 mins, then stir through the tahini, nutritional yeast, pumpkin seeds and roasted squash and cook for a further 2 mins until the water has all been absorbed. Add more boiling water if needed.

6. Spoon the roasted squash risotto into two warm bowls and sprinkle over the crispy sage leaves.

Chef's tip: Nutritional yeast is inactive yeast, which adds a delicious cheese flavour to vegan dishes.

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