Vegan paella is the perfect comfort food to keep you warm on a blustery winter night!

Easy Vegan Paella

January 13, 2018
This vegan and gluten-free Paella recipe is the perfect, comforting dinner to keep you warm on a blustery winter night.

This Vegan Paella is the perfect warming dish for the cold winter days we’ve been having! Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish made in a double handled pot over an open fire. Saffron adds a subtle sweetness, while roasted chickpeas and rice add a nutty crunch. 

This is the perfect dish for a relaxing weeknight by the fire with a glass of Spanish wine and a good book. 

Sun dried tomatoes add a savoury element while fresh lemon brightens the dish. 

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Easy Vegan Paella

This easy vegan Paella dish is the perfect weeknight comfort food. Paella is a Spanish dish, traditionally made with a large two handled pan over an open flame. This vegan and gluten-free version makes use of authentic spices and fresh lemon for a dish that is both bright and comforting. 

Servings: 4
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 lemons (+zest)
  • 1 red or bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package snow peas, you can use veggie of choice: frozen peas or mushrooms or small potatoes work nicely as well
  • Fresh parsley, optional as garnish
  • 1 can of chickpeas, or 2 c if using boiled
  • 1/4 sun dried tomatoes, in oil
  • 1 c quinoa or quick cooking rice (i.e.: parboiled rice)
  • Vegetable broth**
  • 1 tsp Saffron***
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bake your chickpeas: Preheat oven to 410F. Line a pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spread your rinsed chickpeas over the pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

  2. While the chickpeas are baking, heat a large, heavy bottomed pan or well seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat.

  3. Oil the pan lightly and add 1 tsp of saffron to fry. Mash with wooden spoon to release flavour before adding finely minced shallots, smoked paprika and oregano.

  4. Cook for 5 minutes before adding minced garlic. Cook another 1-2 minutes.

  5. Add the bell pepper and cherry tomatoes, cook for another 5-10 minutes until softening.

  6. Add 1.5 tsp of lemon zest and juice of 1/2 lemon.

  7. Add 1 c of water and 1 c of broth as well as quinoa or rice.

  8. Cover with a lid, turn to high briefly to bring to a boil and then allow to simmer on low until grain is cooked, about 15 minutes. Do not stir.

  9. Remove chickpeas from the oven.

  10. Turn up heat to medium-high and cook for another 30-45 seconds. When you start to smell the rice toasting, remove from heat. 

  11. Let stand covered for 5-10 minutes.

  12. Spritz with remaining lemon juice before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe Notes
NOTES: *If you want to be fancy, use Arborio rice. Brown rice works well too, though both of these options increase cook time. You want to use a firmer rice so the dish doesn't turn out sticky or mushy. Pre-cooking the rice is also an option. **Choose a vegetable broth that contains only ingredients you can pronounce and no MSG. ***Saffron can be expensive/difficult to find. It does add a nice subtly sweet and woody flavour to the dish. Try bulk barn or anywhere that sells bulk spices and buy only a tsp or two. Can be replaced with turmeric.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe, let me know if you gave it a try! If you’re interested in joining me for meat free Mondays,  check out the Facebook page, I like to keep it pretty interactive, so feel free to come out and ask any questions you have about being vegan, vegan cooking or being a vegan athlete. Have a great week!

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I’ll definitely be making this later this week!