So not to go all Scrooge on you guys, but, I am really not a valentines day person. AND I am not just saying that because I am single, I just don't think you need a day to tell someone that you love them, you should do that every day!
What I do celebrate is Galentines Day! Galentines Day is the creation of none other than Leslie Knope (shes the best). Best put by the boss herself,
"February 14, valentines day is about romance, February 13th Galentines Day is about celebrating lady friends, its wonderful and it should be a national holiday."
I got a big group of my girlfriends together and we had an awesome time celebrating each other!
So instead of getting all bent out of shape about not having a boyfriend or getting stressed out about what to get your man, get your best girls together and have a ladies night! I promise you wont regret it. Also if you want your friends to love you forever, make them this risotto. It is super flavorful and so easy!
Saffron Risotto with Chicken & Peas
- 1 c arborio rice
- 3 c low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cooked chicken breasts (diced)
- 1 c peas
- 1 c corn
- 3 slices of bacon diced
- 1/2 tsp saffron threads
- 1 medium onion
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 c white wine
- 1/2c grated parmesan cheese
- zest of one lemon
In a medium sauce pan heat your stock, keep at a simmer. In a dutch oven over medium heat render the bacon till crispy. Using a slotted spoon take the bacon out of the pan, add 2 tbs olive oil to the pan.
Once hot sear the chicken breasts about 3 - 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Set aside. Sautee the onion until translucent. Add in the rice and toast for about 3 minutes until it starts to smell nutty. Add the butter and deglaze the pan with white wine.
Ladle stock into the pan covering the rice, continue to stir and add stock as the rice begins to plump up and get softer. Add the saffron threads. It should take about 20 minutes for your rice to finish. Stir in corn, peas, and chicken. Add the parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
Ladle into a bowl and finish with bacon crumbles (if you have any left, I usually nibble on mine). Enjoy!