Beetroot Risotto

I've been wanting to make Beetroot Risotto for some time now, I really liked the look and sound of it and I can tell you I wasn't disappointed. I loved the colour of it and it loved the taste of the beetroot coming through. I certainly will be giving this a try again.

I used this recipe from the BBC Good Food website, but I did make some changes:

  • Instead of raw beetroot, I just a pack of 500 g packed and pre-cooked beetroot
  • I did cook it on the hob, adding the stock a ladle at a time. 
  • I chopped and cooked the beetroot and then just used a fork to mash the beetroot, leaving some small pieces.
  • I added the beetroot to the rice, just before the end of cooking. 
  • I also didn't use wine in my recipe as I didn't have any in, so I just replaced with chicken stock and a teaspoon of red wine vinegar. I cooked the vinegar out right at the beginning after cooking the onions and adding the rice.
The original recipe was cooked in the oven, but I like the texture and creaminess of this and cooking on top of the stove lets you make sure you don't overcook the risotto. You can of course use the oven recipe, as sometimes ease is exactly what you need.


Meal Plan 13/10/13 - 19/10/13

We had a lovely day out in Leeds this weekend and as we'd been out for lunch, we didn't really feel like much to eat on the evening.... even the Thai Butternut squash soup! We'll be having that today on Sunday evening instead. Despite having it leftover from last week's menu, we are both still really looking forward to this!

This week is also a little more expensive than it would have been, as I've stocked up on oil as well.

Meal Plan 13/10/13 - 19/10/13

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Tuna & Sweetcorn Pasta Bake (Thornley's Mix)

Beetroot Risotto

Chilli Con Carne

Squash and Spinach Pasta Rotolo (Jamie Oliver Recipe)

Cod in Parsley Sauce with Carrots and Fine Beans (Thornley's Parsley Sauce Mix)

We will be eating out once this week:

Breakfast: Egg, Bacon, Cereal, Fruit
Lunch: Ham / Corned Beef / Egg and Bacon Sandwiches, Leftovers
Snacks: Bananas, Oranges, Kiwi Fruit
Leftovers: Rice, Tinned Fruit, Tuna, Cereal

Shopping List

Bread £1.50
GF Bread £1.75
10 Bananas - 1.87 kg £1.27
Smart Price Oranges £0.60
Punnet Kiwi £1.00
Beetroot 500 g (Morrisons) £0.79
Onions £0.75
Pecorino 160 g £2.00
Milk £1.00
Beef Mince £2.00
Kidney Beans £0.27
Chopped Tomatoes £0.31
Feta £1.50
Frozen Spinach £1.00
Red Onion £0.11
Garlic £0.30
GF Lasagne Sheet £3.00
Passata * 2 £0.68
Eggs £1.35
Cooking Bacon £0.81
Ham £3.00
Corned Beef £1.78
2 * Cod Portions £4.00
Trimmed Beans - 90 g £0.50
Carrot Batons 300 g £0.58
Ski Yoghurts £1.00
Vegetable Oil - 3l £3.78
Smart Price Yoghurt £0.59
Total £37.22