Mushroom and Pea Risotto: Reflecting on Resolutions

by simplylife on June 3, 2012

Somehow, it’s June.  We are half-way through the year, folks.

How have these past 6 months treated you?  How have you treated them?

Do you remember where you put your New Year’s Resolutions that you spent so much time reflecting, contemplating and hoping when you wrote them?

Now is a good time to dust that list off and give yourself a pat on the back for the things you’ve already accomplished, and start making a plan to revise tackle the forgotten others.

As for my resolutions?  Well, I already told you that I don’t make them to avoid setting myself up for failure.

In all seriousness though, at the end of each year my husband and I do take time to reflect on the previous 12 months and write a couple realistic goals for the coming year.  We also add a short list of  things we’ve already been doing that we want to ensure continues.

One thing that consistently makes the list of “things we want to continue”?  Date nights.  We’ve been doing them once a week since we started dating.  As our relationship has changed, so have the dates.

When we where dating, we usually took turns each planning a surprise date for that week.  As it turns out, mine usually involved some type of ethnic cuisine.  Little did I know, my boyfriend at the time was slightly nervous each time we showed-up in front of an Indian, Afghani, Moroccan restaurant.  Only later in our relationship did he tell me that he hasn’t always been the most adventurous eater. 😉

During our engagement, date nights became “the-one-sacred-time-of-the-week-when-wedding-talk-is-NOT-allowed.” During a time that color schemes and centerpieces can dominate every conversation, this was instrumental in our relationship.

Today, our dates can range from playing tennis, a surprise getaway, or staying in and cooking dinner together.  One of our more recent dates was the latter and we learned this risotto is the perfect dish to share with a bottle of red wine.


Mushroom and Pea Risotto

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian mushrooms Italian


  • 2-3 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 tsp. Chanterelle Vanilla Salt
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1/3 cup peas (I use frozen)
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and shallot, and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the arborio rice and seasoned salt and cook 1 minute, constantly stirring. Stir in the wine and cook until absorbed.

2. Meanwhile, bring the broth to a low simmer. Pour 1/2 cup of warm broth into rice mixture and stir until broth is absorbed. Continue adding in broth, 1/2 cup at a time, allowing liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Continue to do this until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Stir in the peas and parmesan cheese, and cook until heated through. Stir in basil. Serve and enjoy!

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To season this dish, I used Chanterelle Vanilla Salt sent to me courtesy of Beyond the Shaker.

Do me a favor and just read the ingredients in this (below).  Does it not just make you instantly feel like a fancy chef who can magically make any dish feel all sophisticated and gourmet?

Yeah, I thought so too.  As you can imagine, it worked perfectly with this risotto and made it even better.

I decided to take my theory onto something new and pretty simple: baked sweet potato wedges.

The verdict?  Yup, I felt fancy even eating these with my fingers and loved the slightly sweet and salty flavor it gives!

In addition to Chanterelle Vanilla, they also sent me: Garlic Shallot, French Herb Blend, Windy-City Celery, Hawaiian Black Lava and Hot Habenero Blend (not pictured; I was too impatient to use it 😉 ).

I am LOVING these blends!  I used the Hot Habenero Blend for these mini fajitas we had one night.  Instead of adding several different seasonings, I simply adding one packet of this and we both loved the flavor it gave!  This is slightly spicy with hints of cilantro, chili peppers and carrot; it is such a fun mix!

Click here to find out more flavors they offer!  You can even choose to buy the sample size bags incase you’d like to try a certain flavor before “committing” to the larger size!  And now that I think about it, if you have a dad who likes to cook, I bet these would be a great Father’s Day gift!

~How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?


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  • Michelle (Better with Berries)

    I love that you do date nights! Right now my boyfriend and I live too far apart to do regular date nights, but once we live in the same city I hope we can!

    And the risotto looks delicious!

  • Sam

    I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions either, but I’m definitely working toward the goals I set–Taking time to take care of myself by exercising and eating well, finding a new job, learning to bake sourdough bread. It’s been a pretty good year so far. Love that risotto! It looks delicious.

    • Simply Life

      Sounds like you’ve been doing A LOT of great things so far this year! I love to hear that! 🙂

  • Sarah

    This looks so delicious! The date night idea is so cute, love it!

  • Decocinasytacones

    Time flies definately….and by now you know I´m a peas freak….jaja…so this recipe suits me.

  • Belinda

    I’m with you about no resolutions!! This risotto looks amazing!!

  • Bakebikeblog

    this risotto looks oh so delightful!

  • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

    i loved beyond the shaker spices when i tried them!

  • Hillary

    I was just thinking about the whole resolution thing this week! I’m going ok on them—some I’ve already accomplished, others I’m still working on. Always a work in progress, right??

    • Simply Life

      Yes! I think it’s great that you’ve already accomplished some!

  • Yummychunklet

    Hmm…I don’t remember mine but I’m sure it had something to do with healthier living, to which I’m still striving for in June!

  • Alyssa (pb and oats)

    Date nights are such a good idea!

  • Colleen

    This really looks like a great dish! I don’t make risotto often (in fact, I think I’ve only ever made it twice…), but I think I need more risotto in my life 🙂 And I love date nights too!

  • Blackswan

    Chanterelle Vanilla Salt? Would love to try someday. Oh, more cheese for my risotto pleeeeeeeeeeese!! Yum!

  • Kari

    I might be making a resolution to have this risotto soon 🙂 It looks wonderful! So fresh and colourful too.

    I like the idea of regular date nights as well…we don’t really do that now we live together but it would be a nice twist on our usual, stay at home routines 😛

  • Choc Chip Uru

    Regular date nights is so cute my friend 😀
    A great idea just like this risotto – need to try it for dinner asap!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Jolene (

    I can’t even remember what my new years resolutions were … if I even made any 🙂

  • Lauren @ Sweet Splendor

    I love risotto and this looks fantastic!

  • Tigerfish

    Oh gawd, isn’t that fast! Already June and halfway into 2012. Your risotto dish is rich and creamy reminding me of the cooler temperatures just a few months ago but the peas are so “spring” opening up to the warm temperatures to come. 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Yes! That’s what I love about risotto- it can be made throughout the whole year based on seasonal ingredients!

  • Simply Life

    Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! 🙂

  • Simply Life

    Yes! That’s what I love about risotto- it can be made throughout the whole year based on seasonal ingredients!

  • Brittany

    I am not a huge fan of peas, but they look great in this dish!! I love pita pockets too, so easy! I didn’t make any new years resolutions..oops.

  • Colleen

    Risotto really is the perfect date dish! That salt sounds like an amazing addition.

  • teri@managedmacros

    My resolutions are rockin! I made 12 of them 🙂 Love your pics. Love your date nights…ours have changed too 🙂 but that is OK, both good just different. Love your risotto, it had been such a long time since I have made this…I remember a great butternut squash risotto…so good. Pairing it with that red wine only makes it better!

    • Simply Life

      I’m so impressed with the work you’ve done on your resolutions! Way to go!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Agreed – date nights are so important. We usually try to leave the house for them but sometimes a good date night in is just what you need!

  • Jennifer Evans

    I made this tonite for dinner and it was so delicious! I didn’t have the fancy salt to use, so I improvised by mixing kosher salt with half a vanilla bean and it was super yummy.

    • Simply Life

      Oh GOOD! I’m SO glad you liked it!!! Thanks for telling me! 🙂 And I LOVE your addition of the vanilla bean!

  • Mom

    Great job incorporating your new spices!!! I personally do not make New Year resolutions, but try to stay open to making changes with balance and goals when the need comes. Now, if I could get more proactive and make these changs earlier so that I avoid problems instead of having to fix them, that would be much better! Hey, that’s my new resolution 🙂

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