Food for Peace: Chickpea Risotto and Nuclear Guardians

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This chickpea risotto was created for a meeting of Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardians, a programme of Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Centre in association with Joanna Macy, Naropa university Environmental Studies and Alandi Ashram Temple. The main menu for the dinner meeting was lasagna and I thought it would be good to have an allergy-free alternative. The combination of chickpeas and rice makes a complete protein.

2 cups basmati rice
4 carrots
2 overgrown garden summer squashes
3 roma tomatoes
1 can chickpeas
2 tbsp olive oil
4-6 cups vegetable stock
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 cup grated sheep cheese
4 sprigs basil

2 pinches nutmeg

Slice carrots and squashes, chop tomatoes, finely chop garlic.


In a large heavy- bottomed pan, heat olive oil, fry garlic. Now add the vegetables and stir fry.
When the vegetables begin to soften add the rice and fry for a few minutes.

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Now add the chickpeas and enough boiling stock to cover. Simmer, stirring frequently and adding more stock as needed.

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Towards the end, chop and add the basil as well as the nutmeg, salt, pepper and sheep cheese.

It is ready when the rice is soft and a bit sticky.

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