Carrot and Zucchini Risotto (Vegan)

"I created this recipe to make risotto that was safe for my daughter who is extremely allergic to milk products and who was going through a picky stage on eating vegetables. She had it several times before learning that it had zucchini in it! It is a favorite of our whole family. Adding Parmesan cheese at the table works quite well and makes it great for serving people who are on a Vegan diet, a dairy-free diet, or a weight-loss diet. 1 serving is 5 Weight Watchers points and is large. Thanks to Mallina Cashew whose Recipe #32295 Magnificent 1st Prize Risotto was my starting point for this recipe."
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  • Heat the vegetable stock to a low simmer. Keep simmering throughout the making of this recipe.
  • In a small bowl, combine the saffron and 1 cup of the vegetable stock. Set aside to infuse.
  • Heat oil in a very large skillet (12 inch diameter at least).
  • Saute the onions, garlic, carrots and zucchini in the oil until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the Arborio rice and stir for a few minutes.
  • Add the wine, the saffron-infused stock, and an additional ladle of stock. Stir well.
  • Add pepper to taste.
  • Stir the risotto until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add 1-2 ladles of vegetable stock and stir until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Repeat the previous step until the the rice is tender but there is still a speck of white in the center of each grain. This is a sign of a well-made risotto. This should take about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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I am a Mom of 2 kids - one of whom has a severe milk allergy. For years, I taught cooking in her school so that the recipes would be safe for her. This taught me to be inventive with recipes - and led me to recipezaar. Now I am working full time as a reading tutor so cooking in on a back burner, but still something I love to do.
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