Tomato Risotto – Vegan & Kid Friendly!


One of the new things I am bringing to you as your Recipe Blogger is a variety of meals for your family AND kids!  I recently found a wonderful mom Brandi who has her own blog on VEGAN dishes! 

The online interview…

Meeshie:  How many children do you have and how old?

Brandi:  Hi Meeshie! I have 1 little girl, she is 2 1/2 yrs old.

Meeshie:  What was the deciding factor to start The Healthy Flavor then move your blog to the Vegan 8?

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I started The Healthy Flavor because I had to become really creative in the kitchen to come up with recipes because of my husband suffering severely from gout, a very painful form of arthritis. Through many years suffering and trials and research, I learned that the main causes of gout are animal products…dairy and meat. When I started The Healthy Flavor, we were vegetarian, but soon after that we went vegan after discovering how acidic dairy is to our bodies, and especially my husband’s. Once fully going vegan, he stopped having horrible gout flareups and was able to stop living on crutches. We have been able to control a lot of his gout by going vegan and of course my health has dramatically changed and my daughter has been raised vegan as well. I switched to The Vegan 8 after discovering the popularity of my recipes were all 8 ingredients or less (not neccessarily including salt & water) and I found that people made the recipes that were fewer ingredients, easier and those got the best feedback. I wanted to reach more people with my passion of living a vegan lifestyle, so I decided on that concept of 8 ingredients or less and to my amazement, it has really taken off! I’m very grateful and love getting feedback from so many readers who love my recipes and how it is helping them to eat vegan and be healthier. 🙂


TOMATO RISOTTO:  What you’ll need


  • 10 oz package grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 11 oz arborio rice (1 1/2 cups) (I used a wild rice blend, but any arborio rice will work)
  • 4 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt


If your little one is allergic to nuts, like my son Maddox is, then just exclude the walnuts on top.  What’s that you say?  There are 9 ingredients?  No no no, remember, salt doesn’t count – so there’s your “8“!  😉


For recipe instructions:  CLICK HERE

Enjoy NEMs!

~  Meeshie



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