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Pumpkin, Thyme & Lemon Risotto

Pumpkin, Thyme & Lemon Risotto

By: Georgia Harding

This simple plant-powered vegetarian risotto is a delicious budget-friendly meal. If you happen to have any leftovers, roll them into little balls and fry them to make arancini.



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  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ bunch thyme
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 400g Arborio rice
  • 1L broth or stock
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste
  • 400g pumpkin, peeled & diced 1-2cm
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated
  • 100g feta (optional)
  • 30g spinach or rocket


  • Start with sautéing the onion for 5 mins until it starts to soften. Do this on the stovetop or in your slow cooker if it has a sauté function.
  • Add the garlic, thyme, lemon zest and rice and stir for a couple of mins until the rice looks translucent.
  • Add the stock, lemon juice and seasoning well. Stir through the pumpkin and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • Prior to serving, stir in the parmesan, feta and greens. Taste, adjust the seasoning and enjoy immediately with a green salad.


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Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.

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