1 medium bunch lacinato (dino) kale, stems removed and well-chopped (4-5 cups)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained
1/3 cup lightly packed chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
salt and pepper, to taste
Soak cashews in water for 4 hours, or overnight. If you have a high-power blender you can skip this step.
Place cashews, broth, and nutritional yeast in a blender and blend until fully smooth. About 30-45 seconds. Set aside.
In a large, heavy-bottomed pot (or pan with high edges) add the olive oil and turn to medium heat.
Once hot, add the onion and a good pinch of salt. Stir every few minutes for 10-12 minutes, until the onion just starts to brown and is very soft.
Add the garlic and stir for 30-60 seconds, until fragrant.
Add the quinoa to the pan and let toast for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Slowly pour in the wine (careful, it will spatter a bit) and stir together. Let simmer for about 2 minutes until the wine is absorbed, stirring constantly. (The pan doesn’t need to be dry, just not pooling liquid.)
Give the broth mixture a stir and slowly pour about 1/4 of it into the pan (appx. 1 cup liquid). Stir to combine and simmer for about 10-12 minutes, until mostly absorbed. Stir every 2-3 minutes. If boiling or cooking too quickly reduce heat slightly. (The first add-in of broth may cook a bit faster.)
While the quinoa cooks, heat a medium pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add the chopped kale and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the peas and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat once the kale has softened and move to a cool burner.
Repeat step 9 until all broth has been added to the pan. Cook until mostly absorbed. The quinoa risotto should be a creamy, porridge-like consistency (not stiff or soupy).
Stir in the kale, peas, basil, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with extra basil, a lemon wedge, and/or fresh parsley.
We recommend chardonnay or pinot grigio for the wine, or, vegetable broth can be substituted for the wine if desired.