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Easy Vegan Paella

Category: Main Dishes - Rice

Suitable for a: vegan diet

Ingredients:

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1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 medium-sized red onion

0.50-0.75 lb. fresh green beans

1 12 oz. jar of quartered artichoke hearts

1 2.25 oz. can of sliced black olives (drained)

1 10 oz. package of saffron rice mix

Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

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First, prepare the saffron rice according to the directions on the package. You can make your own if you want, but this is a "quick and easy" recipe so we're shooting for convenience.

While the rice is simmering, clean the bell peppers (remove seeds & veins) and chop them into 1/2" (or bite-size) pieces.

Chop the onion into 1/2" (bite-size) pieces.

Cut the ends off of the green beans, and cut them in half.

Cut up the artichoke hearts, into a size that is similar to the peppers and onion.

Next, line the bottom of a large skillet (or paella pan if you have one) with approximately 1/2" of the olive oil and heat to medium-high heat.

Add the bell peppers & onions, stir and cover.

Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

As the peppers start to soften, add in the green beans, a little more olive oil and stir again. Replace the cover, cook for 3-4 minutes.

After green beans become about halfway cooked, add in the olives.

Stir, and replace cover. Continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes.

Next, add in the artichoke hearts. Stir. Add more olive oil if needed.

Cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Once the peppers, onion and green beans are done, stir in the saffron rice and a bit more olive oil.

Reduce heat, and replace the cover for 1-2 minutes.

Once a uniform temperature is achieved, your paella is done!

Serve with a hot sauce of your choice (I prefer Sriracha).

Additional comments:

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Make sure that you get the peppers, onions & green beans tender. This is not a stirfry!!

Lots of olive oil is important. This recipe is supposed to be a bit on the oily side.

Traditional paella recipes call for either chorizo sausage or seafood to be added. If you like, add in some soyrizo "sausage". ( I don't personally think it needs anything else, but experiment to your tastes.)

This recipe makes a LOT of paella, probably enough to feed 3-4 normal adults, depending on their appetites.

The hot sauce is also optional and not integral to this dish.
 

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This was a great recipe...I made it today with an obscene amount of oil and it tasted fantastic. Thanks.
Thanks, nathy! The olive oil does add a wonderful flavor to it doesn't it?
 

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Yes it does..I'm not sure why though. I've never tasted it on its own and so have always assumed it to be tasteless itself. Oh yeah...I'm not sure if you're aware of this but for the rice you can use tumeric spice, which you just add to the boling water, to make it like saffron rather than having to buy the whole special rice kit.
 
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