Vegan Paella Recipe
Vegan paella is a delicious and satisfying dish that captures the flavors of traditional Spanish paella without the use of animal products. Here's a simple vegan paella recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice or Spanish Bomba rice
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- 1 cup green beans, trimmed and halved
- 1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered (canned or frozen)
- 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (optional, for color and flavor)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Lemon wedges and fresh parsley for garnish
How to Make Vegan Paella
- In a large paella pan or a wide, shallow skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.
- Stir in the minced garlic, smoked paprika, and saffron threads (if using). Sauté for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the diced bell peppers and green beans to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until they start to soften.
- Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly toasted.
- Pour in the white wine (if using) and allow it to simmer for 2 minutes until it's mostly evaporated.
- Add the diced tomatoes, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt. Stir well to combine.
- Slowly add the vegetable broth, one cup at a time, stirring continuously. Allow the liquid to be absorbed before adding more broth. This process should take about 15-20 minutes. Adjust the heat if needed to maintain a gentle simmer.
- About 10 minutes into cooking the rice, add the artichoke hearts and peas. Continue adding broth as needed.
- Taste the rice for doneness. It should be tender but with a slight bite (al dente).
- Season the paella with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Remove the paella from the heat and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Garnish the vegan paella with lemon wedges and fresh parsley before serving.
Enjoy your vegan paella! It's a flavorful and colorful dish that's perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Do you know the origin of Vegan Paella?
Vegan paella is a plant-based version of the traditional Spanish dish called paella, which originates from the Valencia region on the eastern coast of Spain.
Vegans and vegetarians around the world have embraced vegan paella, creating variations that use ingredients like tofu, seitan, plant-based sausages
- Rich in Nutrients: Vegan paella typically includes a wide range of vegetables, providing essential vitamins (such as vitamins A and C) and minerals (such as potassium and folate) that support overall health and well-being.
- Fiber Content: The combination of rice and vegetables in vegan paella provides dietary fiber, which can aid in digestive health, regulate blood sugar levels, and contribute to a feeling of fullness.
- Low in Saturated Fat: Vegan paella is naturally low in saturated fats compared to traditional paella recipes that include animal-based proteins. A lower intake of saturated fats can be beneficial for heart health.
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