Oven Butternut Squash Risotto

So I think we can all agree that February is an absolutely miserable month…well maybe not for those living to the south of the equator. But for almost everyone else living in the Northern Hemisphere, the second month of the year brings us no reprieve from constant snow and bitter temperatures. In order to make it safely to spring, our bodies and souls need to be fortified against the harsh winds of winter. Call-in: Comfort Food! Warm, hearty, and delicious, comfort food dishes provide your body with everything it needs to make it to April. Unfortunately, these dishes have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and thus, many diligent health-nuts (like myself) tend to avoid them.But it doesn’t have to be this way! With just a few, simple tweaks to a traditional recipe, you can create a dish that comforts your soul but not your waist. Just look at this recipe for notoriously-indulgent risotto by Food52. ┬áThe large amounts of cream and butter (typically found in a creamy risotto) are removed but all of the flavor remains! The addition of butternut squash lends a sweetness to this meal that will keep warm as you shovel your way from February to March.

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Claire is a 21 year student hailing from New York City. She is currently in her senior year at Hunter College, where she is finishing up her English Degree. When she's not at school, she can usually be found working behind the counter at her local bakery. Claire loves to cook and spends an embarrassing amount of time looking up recipes for every dish imaginable. She is particularly fond of trying new dishes and believes that the best way to connect with people is through sharing food. Google