I am so honored to have our first guest post be from the lovely Sara of Sprouted Kitchen! From the first moment I saw her blog, I was hooked. The recipes focus on whole, clean cooking that celebrates the purity and natural flavors of foods, and the photographs by Hugh Forte are beyond breathtaking. Just take a look at what she’s provided below, and you’ll see what I mean—oh, and, do stop over at her amazing site!

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LEMON ASPARAGUS RISOTTO // Serves 4
You can substitute a variety of seasonal vegetables!

1 1/2 Cups Arborio Rice
2/3 Cup Dry White Wine
1 tbsp. Butter
2 Large Leeks, Sliced White and Light Green Parts to make 3 Cups
4 Cups Organic, Low Sodium Vegetable/Chicken Stock
1 lb Asparagus (ends removed)
1 Lemon, Zest and Juice
1/2 Cup Soft Cheese (Can be Chevre, Ricotta or Mascarpone)
1 Cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
1/3 Finely Chopped Parsley
Fresh Ground Pepper, Garlic Salt, Red Pepper Flakes

1. In one pot, begin to bring the stock to a simmer.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and saute for about 8 to 10 minutes until they begin to caramelize. Add the white wine.
3. Add the rice to the saucepan and stir until all in coated in the butter leek mixture, and half the wine is absorbed.
4. Add in a cup of the stock and stir, making sure to scrape the piece on the bottom. Once it looks like most of the liquid is absorbed, add another cup of stock and repeat.
5. Between stirring, slice the asparagus in half length wise. Cut again width wise two to three time to give you pieces that are about two inches. Add all asparagus into the risotto. Add another cup of stock and stir gently.
6. Lastly add your last cup of stock, and sprinkle in a pinch of salt and generous pinch of red pepper flakes. Give the risotto a few stirs, and while it is still a bit soupy, add the soft cheese, parsely, lemon juice and zest and half of the Parmesan and GENTLY stir.
7. Serve immediately. Put a portion in a bowl and sprinkle with remaining Parm and a grind of fresh black pepper!

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Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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