The Vegan Edit: Veggie Paella

On Sunday, I touched upon wanting to kick start my weight loss again (read here) after a few really bad weeks months. I have been over eating a lot of rubbish and I think it’s partly to do with how anxious I have been feeling recently. I just haven’t quite been myself. As I bit of motivation to stay on track, I thought I would create a new series on my blog; The Vegan Edit. It’s going to include vegan friendly recipes that I have cooked. This might sound strange to those who know me in person as I never cook. In fact I try to avoid it and usually end up asking for Edd to order a takeaway on the Dominos website. The other day we attempted Paella, a Spanish dish with the main ingredients being rice and vegetables. It was delicious!!

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Ingredients: 

low calorie cooking spray or 1 tbsp oil

1 onion, sliced thinly

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 sliced red pepper

1 sliced yellow pepper

1 sliced green pepper

4 tomatoes chopped

350g dried paella rice

2 tsp smoked paprika

large pinch of saffron

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

finely grated zest of unwaxed lemon and juice of the lemon

1 litre boiling vegetable stock

100g frozen peas

100g frozen sweetcorn

salt and freshly ground black pepper

small handful of fresh parsley

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Method: 

1. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray or oil and place over a medium heat. We used a wok that we usually use for cooking stir fry. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and golden. If the onion starts to stick add a little water. Add the peppers and stir-fry for a further 4-5 minutes.

2. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, paprika, saffron, turmeric, cumin, lemon zest and juice.

3. Stir in the stock and simmer for 15-20 minutes. If it starts to stick just add a little water.

4. Add the peas and sweetcorn and simmer for 10 minutes or until the rice is tender. Again, add little water if it’s needed. Season to taste by adding salt and ground black pepper, sprinkle over the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

You could add olives at the end of the cooking time to add even more flavour. The best thing about this dish is that if your with friends/family and they aren’t all vegan they could simply add pieces of chicken or fish to their portion while you enjoy the vegan friendly choice. It was so quick to make and tastes super good with a decent helping of lemon juice drizzled over the top.

Let me know if you cook it yourself. Have you got any yummy, vegan recipes we could try?

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