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Vegan Paella

What you need: 

olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup brown rice (or 1-1/2 cups brown rice if not using quinoa)
1/2 teaspoon saffron, crushed
2-3/4 to 3 cups vegetable broth
splash of beer (optional)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups artichoke hearts, quartered
15 oz diced tomatoes, slightly drained
15 oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoon paprika
dash cayenne
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup black olives, for garnish
1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped, for garnish

What you do: 

1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook a little longer. Stir in the quinoa and/or the rice with the saffron; stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, beer, peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, beans, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt & pepper (if using). Bring to a boil and reduce heat to very low. Cover; cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. After 15 minutes, check on the grain. If it's a little dry, add 1/4 cup broth. If it's still hasn't absorbed all the liquid, keep cooking on low. I cooked for about 25 minutes after adding the extra 1/4 cup broth. Add the peas, stir, and cook until heated through. Garnish with black olives and fresh parsley.
Source of recipe: I had some grains and veggies and decided to throw together my own paella!

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was pretty good!  Not sure what paella really is, but I enjoyed this version....even though I didn't have a lot of the ingredients so I just improvised...
I used 1 1/2 cups quinoa instead of brown rice, used chickpeas instead of kidney beans, substituted tumeric for the saffron, used about 1/2 cup of beer and left out the peas and olives because I totally forgot....so I pretty much butchered your recipe (sorry)...
Maybe next time I make it I'll try to do it the right way....except I will never use kidney beans....ick!

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