I use the term ‘skinny’ with relative reluctance.
I hate ‘skinny’. As in, the idea that we (women) should all aspire to be.
You shouldn’t. If you don’t sit there naturally, don’t shoot for it.
I shoot for ‘healthy’, ‘strong’, ‘happy’.
All of those good things.
That being said, ‘Happy Risotto’ just doesn’t really get the point across.
So, forgive me. This is my low-calorie Risotto. Still with some nice rice to keep things authentic, but I bulked this fella out with our friend, Cauliflower Rice.
Even if you’re not a fan of cauli, try it. I promise, you don’t taste it at all!
True to form, I’ve also packed a tonne of protein in here too. A spot of chicken, and some lean bacon which really changes the game if you’re watching your fat intake.
Stirring in some Philadelphia Lightest will fool anyone into thinking you’ve slipped a little cream in there. Except you haven’t, and you’ve just saved yourself a bunch of calories.
I call that a success.
Cheese included in the macros and absolutely compulsory.
It’s protein cheese, so it’s good for ya.
Chicken and Bacon Risotto
- 80 g Arborio Rice
- 300 g chicken breast
- 2 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 sweet red pepper, sliced
- 200 g mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 700 ml chicken stock
- 40 g extra light cream cheese
- 40 g protein cheese, to serve
- 95 g bacon medallions
Brown the chicken along with some cooking spray in a lidded non-stick pan for 3-4 minutes.
Add the onion, garlic and bacon and cook for a further 3 minutes until softened.
Throw in the mushrooms and allow to sweat for 5 minutes.
Add your rice, herbs and half the stock then bring to the boil.
Stir in the peppers, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
When the stock has evaporated, add half of the remaining stock. Repeat once the liquid evaporates once more.
Cook the cauliflower rice in the microwave (3 minutes) then add to the pan once the rice is tender.
When you’re ready to plate up, stir in the cream cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Top with protein cheese to serve.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 344 / Protein: 45g / Carbohydrates: 32g / Fat: 4g / Fibre: 5g
For a veggie version, simply omit the bacon and replace the chicken with 300g Quorn chicken pieces.
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