Super savory vegetarian paella

Hola chicas! Need a tasty and healthy vegetarian dish to have at your summer fiesta? Look to the sunny coast of Spain for inspiration. Their signature and scrumptious paella is perf for a large group of amigos. Though traditionally a seafood dish, we found a meat-free option that's just as yummy. Don't forget to try it with a Fruit-Tea Sangria Cooler!

Check out this and more vegetarian recipes in Marie-Claude Morin's The Best 30-Minute Vegetarian Recipes.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 chopped clove garlic
1/2 chopped Spanish onion
20 fresh green beans
1 diced carrot
1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned white beans
1/2 cup frozen green peas
15 trimmed leaves spinach
2 diced tomatoes (Note: if you'd like to peel the tomatoes before dicing, plunge them into a pot of boiling water for 1 minute. After immediately transfer to a bowel of ice water, peel skins.)
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 tsp paprika
Pinch saffron threads
1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
2. Sauté garlic and onion for about 5 minutes or until softened.
3. Add green beans, carrot, white beans, peas, spinach and tomatoes and sauté for about 5 minutes or until carrots start to soften.
4. Bring the mix to a boil while stirring in the rice, broth, paprika and saffron.
5. Reduce heat and simmer gently, without stirring, for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of liquid has been absorbed.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and cover the paella with a damp cloth for a few minutes. This allows the medley of flavors to really blend together.
Enjoy! Or as they say in Spain, bueno provecho!
Excerpted from The Best 30-Minute Vegetarian Recipes by Marie-Claude Morin. Photographs copyright © 2009 Headlight, Text © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. 


by Karmen Fox | 2/1/2016