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Vegan Paella

We love this vegan version of the traditionally meat- and seafood-packed Spanish rice dish.

Serves: 4
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Serves 4

What you need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 pinch saffron threads or ground turmeric (for color)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
Salt and pepper
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2-1/2 to 3 cups cooked rice
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (6-ounce) jar roasted red bell pepper, drained and chopped
1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

What you do:

1. In a large saucepan or Dutch Oven over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth, saffron, paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, and tomato juice.

2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper to taste, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes. Stir in the peas, chickpeas, rice, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell pepper, olives, and parsley. Cook 3 to 5 minutes longer, stirring gently, to heat through. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve hot.

Photo courtesy of Annie Oliverio