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Dr. Vagners’ Recipe for Eye Health

Asparagus risottoThe Ontario Association of Optometrists has chosen a nutritious recipe by our very own Dr. Robert Vagners to be featured in Zoom Magazine. His delicious Asparagus Risotto is packed with Vitamin A, which not only can help prevent eye infections but other conditions such as dry eyes and night-blindness as well! 

Dr. Vagners’ Asparagus Risotto Recipe - For your sight, as well as your appetite!

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped green onion (½ cup white part only, ¼ cup green part)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Italian  parsley
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¾lb asparagus, trimmed, peeled, cut into 2-inch segments
  • ¾ cup shelled fresh peas or frozen
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½cup Parmesan cheese

Heat butter and oil on high for 1 minute in an uncovered 13 x 9-inch pan. Add the white of green onion, celery, parsley and rice; stir to coat.  Cook uncovered on high for 4 minutes. Add the stock and cook uncovered on high for 12 minutes. Add asparagus and peas; stir well. Continue to cook uncovered for a further 12 minutes or until liquid absorbed. Stir in salt and pepper.  Cover loosely with paper towel and let stand 8-10 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the reserved green portion of onions and the parmesan cheese. Serves 8.

Call York Mills Eye Care to make an appointment today, and Dr. Vagners can examine your eyes and discuss with you what steps can be taken to care for them.