Monday, February 10, 2014

Veggie paella recipe!

In our never-ending quest to get a little off meat, I have been scouring my new cookbooks for vegetarian recipes. I sometimes cheat and use chicken broth but at least they are meatless. Some are pretty good. This recipe for vegetarian paella was one of those.

I have made paella before and it is long and involved and you need a lot of meat and seafood. I wasn't sure if just a paella with vegetables would work. But it did.

You will need saffron threads, vegetable or chicken broth, paella rice although I used arborio rice because it sucks up the broth, a can of artichoke hearts, a can of garbanzo beans, an onion, a zucchini,tomato, salt and pepper to taste. The recipe also called for cayenne pepper but I skipped that. 

Start with putting a pinch of saffron threads into some warm water. 

Chop up your veggies into chunky pieces. 

Heat some olive oil in your pan. I have a paella pan but you can use any pan. 

Saute your onion, zucchini and saffron threads (with liquid). 

Then add your tomatoes, artichokes, garbanzos and saute.

Add a cup and half of arborio rice and saute until the rice is coated with the liquid.

The recipe did not call for white wine but I always add wine to my paella. 

Add about 1/2 to a cup of white wine and stir until the wine is reduced. 

Add your vegetable or chicken broth. I used chicken broth for more flavor but then the dish is no longer vegetarian if you do the same thing. Stir one to mix and then let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. Unlike a risotto, you do not need to keep stirring the paella. 

Add the green beans and let the mixture continue cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes. 
Add salt and pepper to taste. 

After 30 to 40 minutes check the mixture and test for taste. Add spices as needed. 

Then take some foil and cover the pan for about another 15 to 20 minutes. The dish is done when the rice is cooked. If it is not done, just leave it covered for more time. 

Once the rice is cooked, just dish up and serve. This was actually really tasty and fresh. Plus, it was really filling. I wasn't sure if it would be but just a small serving filled us up. It is also a dish that you can change up by adding different vegetables. Tom really enjoyed it and said it was better the next day when he had leftovers for lunch. This is definitely going on the regular menu! 

Buen Provecho! 


  1. This would be great healthy dinner compared to how I eat!

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  2. That looks really yummy and healthy! I love all of the ingredients. I have never used saffron though. I have been wanting to try it in some recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  3. that looks really nice,,id like to trythis out too

  4. You have some very healthy and delicious recipes that you share on your blog. I really like this recipe and like all the veges and garbanzo beans to give it a lot of protein without eating meat. I am going to go without meat once or twice a week.

    1. Good luck Karen. We have started doing it now. The tough part is learning new recipes. But once you get a few under your belt, it is easy.