Try this delicious gluten free vegan detox recipe to incorporate fresh wild greens to your diet. Wild spring greens like dandelions or nettle are boasting with nutrients and detoxification support compounds. They protect your liver and help your body to flush out the toxins. Spring is the best time to incorporate it into your diet, as they are bright green and haven’t fully developed their bitterness.
Ingredients – for 2 servings
2 cups fresh dandelion greens
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 large shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Arborio rice
2 to 4 cups vegetable stock divided, preferably homemade
2 to 3 tablespoons Dayia cheese-style shreds (optional)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add washed dandelion greens. Let boil for about 3 to 4 minutes. Quickly remove the greens from water and immediately place them in a big bowl of ice water. Let them cool and drain in a colander. Squeeze all excess water from the blanched greens with a cloth or a tea towel. Finely chop dandelion and remove any tough stems.
Gently heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add shallot, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring. Add the garlic and the rice and stir well for a minute until the rice is well coated in olive oil. Add 1 cup of the vegetable stock into the rice and increase heat. When the rice starts boiling, turn down the heat to medium and stir often, at least every minute or so, until the rice absorbs the stock. Repeat with a second cup of stock.
When the second cup is absorbed, add the greens and the third cup of stock. Stir well to combine. Keep stirring constantly to develop the creaminess in the risotto and to distribute the greens evenly. Let the stock absorb well. Adjust the stock quantity, or add a bit of heated water to loosen up the risotto a bit. The texture should be smooth, not firm. You might need to add a bit more of liquid if you use Daiya shreds.
Add the Daiya cheese. Stir everything well and let the Dayia melt in the risotto for about 2 or 3 minutes, stirring often. Serve immediately.