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Serves       4


1lbs.           squash, butternut, peeled and large Dice

4 Tbs.        olive oil

2 Tbs.        garlic- minced

2 each       onions finely chopped

1 lbs.          risotto rice (Arborio)

5 C.            vegetable broth

1 Tbs.        parsley

2 Tbs.        oregano, chopped

½ tsp.         salt- kosher

¼ tsp.         pepper black

1 tsp.          lemon zest

¾ C.           coconut milk, or soy milk, or hemp milk


Heat the oven to 400°F

Toss the squash in 1 Tbs. Olive oil and Roast until soft about 35-45 minutes

Heat the rest of the oil in a pan, on medium heat

Add the garlic, and onions and sweat until tender, about 2 minutes

Add the rice and cook for 4 minutes, coating all the grains with the oil

Add 1/2 the Vegetable Broth and bring to a simmer, cover the rice

and cook for 10 minutes

Uncover the rice and add the remaining broth a little at a time stirring constantly this takes about 20 minutes.

Add the coconut milk after all the vegetable broth, stirring constantly.

Once the rice is aldente, add the parsley, oregano, fold in the roasted squash

and season with salt, pepper and lemon zest.