Brown Rice Risotto with Summer Greens


Brown Rice Risotto

Brown Rice Risotto

Feature by Ella Suihko
Photo Credit: Ella Suihko
Magazine: Issue #40

Basically everything green is always super good for you. Sometimes eating not only enough but also a good variety of different kind of greens may become a struggle. 

Made with lots of onion, zucchini, carrot, green bell pepper and green peas, this brown rice risotto with summer greens is one way to easily incorporate more green veggies into your diet. Green peas are teeny tiny wonder veggies with an outstanding concentration of protein, fiber and micronutrients. Onions contain a healthy amount of folate and vitamin C which is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen which provides structure to skin and hair. This healthy risotto is also super simple and fast to cook which makes it another great go-to meal for these warm summer nights.


Brown Rice Risotto with Summer Greens
(makes 3-4 servings)

1 cup brown basmati rice (uncooked amount)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 spring onion, diced
1 zucchini, grated
2 carrots, grated
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2-3 tbsp sriracha sauce

Start by cooking the rice in two cups of water for about 30-35 minutes.

In a frying pan heat olive oil over medium heat until just hot. Add the diced onions, grated zucchini and carrot, sliced green bell pepper and green peas. Sauté for 10-15 minutes or until softened a bit.

Add the coconut sugar, tamari soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and sriracha sauce. Stir well to combine. Mix with the cooked rice and remove from the heat. Serve with fresh lime and enjoy!


Ella is a plant-based foodie and recipe maker. Studying medical biochemistry and clinical nutrition in the university of Eastern Finland, health and whole-body wellness is close to her heart. Hoping to inspire people to make healthier food choices, she’s sharing vegan-friendly and gluten free recipes on her website. When not cooking or studying, you can find Ella from a yoga class, running in the nature, exploring the home forests or travelling the world in search of inspiration. Learn more about Ella at

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