Protein Bean Risotto

I love this recipe because it’s turned out to be so versatile – it’s perfect for hubby and baby with only a few extra pulses on the blender needed for the latter.  Not only is it tasty but it’s packed with protein-rich ingredients and is filled with flavour too.  There’s a few ingredients in this which I’ll be honest I’ve never cooked with before, but I’m in the process of raising my daughter on a vegetarian diet so I’ve had to branch out a little.  In essence this recipe is rich in goodness for everyone, so get stuck in!

Serves: 4 adult portions or 6 baby meals

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 230g Cannelloni Beans
  • 160g Sweetcorn
  • 275g Wholegrain Brown Rice
  • 75g Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 150g Edame Soya Beans
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 75g grated medium cheddar
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • Generous Pinch of Basil


Racing towards risotto…

  1. In a saucepan of boiling water, simmer the rice for 10-12 minutes until soft and thick, pour into a sieve to drain out the water and set aside.
  2. In another saucepan add the 400g of chopped tomatoes, feel free to use a tin of chopped tomatoes for ease.  Add the drained sweetcorn and cannelloni beans and heat for five minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.
  3. When these veggies are welled mixed, add the edame soya beans, baby spinach and cheddar, stir well and allow the vegetable sauce to simmer before adding the drained rice.
  4. Season with the black pepper and basil before adding to a food processor.  Pulse on and off for five minutes until you reach that perfect consistency.

If you are preparing meals for a little one under toddler age then it can be an idea to pulse the recipe a little longer and skip out the black pepper.  Remember this dish is perfect for freezing if you want to prepare it in advance for the week ahead – your little ones will love the flavour and it’s super healthy.


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Mummy, wife, pet-lover, vegetarian, graduate in her mid-twenties and lover of life. Life throws everyone a unique set of discoveries, with this in mind my writing aims to share highlights on the little things. Hoping you enjoy the read along the way, Amy

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