Fiery Italian Fusion: A Protein-Packed Turnip and Fish Risotto

Fiery Italian Fusion: A Protein-Packed Turnip and Fish Risotto
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Whey Protein, Turnip, canned fish (tuna, sardines), rice cooker

Get ready to ignite your taste buds with this bold and flavorful Italian-inspired dish that combines the unlikely duo of whey protein and turnip with the richness of canned fish. This recipe is a game-changer, folks! And don’t even get me started on the convenience of using a rice cooker to make this risotto a breeze to prepare.


  • 1 cup whey protein powder
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 can of tuna (drained and flaked) and 1 can of sardines (drained and chopped)
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. 1. [pounds fist on counter] Alright, let's get started! In a rice cooker, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. 2. [stirs onion with a wooden spoon] Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  3. 3. [adds Arborio rice] Add the Arborio rice and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice is coated in oil and slightly toasted.
  4. 4. [adds vegetable broth] Add the warmed vegetable broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously and allowing each portion to absorb before adding the next.
  5. 5. [adds whey protein powder] After 20 minutes of cooking, stir in the whey protein powder and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. 6. [adds turnip and fish] Add the diced turnip and cooked fish (tuna and sardines) to the rice cooker. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the turnip is tender.
  7. 7. [seasons with thyme and salt] Stir in the dried thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. 8. [serves] Serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

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