Curated this dish through the idea that substituting a whole grain like pearl barley instead of the traditional short grain arborio rice would increase this entrees nutritional value by incorporating higher amounts of protein, fiber, Vitamin B, iron and zinc. Paired with the dynamic trio of truffle, wild mushrooms and asparagus, this dish nourishes your body and packs in layers of flavour.
Follow timing on MANNA package, this time varies by +/- 3 minutes depending on the level of your simmer and how cold your fridge is. You want to ensure that the internal temperature reaches about 165°F/74°C, piping hot. Plate risotto in preferred dish with desired quantity, top with truffle mushroom asparagus mixture & garnish with our in house made almond parm. Add extra truffle oil or truffle salt if you have these items on hand, you can never have enough truffle! Also tops beautifully with some arugula.
This risotto dish is rich in protein, fibre, phytonutrients, vitamins (B complex & D), and iron. Barley is chosen for this dish as it contains 4x more fibre per cup than brown rice and provides for a rich nutty flavour.
Protein: Combining rice & beans provides all the essential amino acids allowing the body to form proteins necessary for growth and development.
Fibre: Barley provides insoluble fibre that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, helping to maintain larger populations of friendly bacteria.
Phytonutrients: Asparagus uniquely contains almost 100 different phytonutrients. Phytonutrients contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and may also enhance immunity and repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins.
Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins are building blocks for a healthy body and help turn other nutrients into energy, and maintain a healthy metabolism. Garlic is an excellent source of B6.
Vitamin D: Mushrooms are the only non-animal food source that naturally contains Vitamin D. Obtaining daily minimum requirements from a restricted diet can be difficult. Consult with your healthcare provider for help in determining vitamin D needs.
Iron: Kidney beans increase energy by replenishing iron stores, an important consideration for vegan and vegetarian diets. Thyme, in addition to being a good source iron, has antibacterial properties.
*Daily nutritional values are obtained from the Canada Food Guide and are based on three primary daily meals with intermittent snacking.