Spanish Vegetarian Paella with Quinoa

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This gluten-free, mouth-watering, vegetarian paella is healthy, hearty and packed full of aromatic and smoky Spanish flavors. Made with quinoa, beans and a lot of fresh vegetables, this classic dish gets a tasty make-over!

👩‍🍳 What Makes This Vegetarian Paella Healthy?

High in Fiber and Protein Low in Calories Vitamins and Minerals


How To Make Spanish Vegetarian Paella


Put the quinoa into a large bowl. Cover with water and stir well to wash the grain. Pour off the water and then repeat the washing process.


Sauté onion and garlic in a deep non-stick skillet with a little (2 tsp) extra virgin olive oil until soft. Add the quinoa and saffron and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes.


Add paprika, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, tomatoes, peppers, beans, salt, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low, and cook covered for 15 minutes.


Place the zucchini on top of the quinoa and re-cover. Cook for about 5 more minutes, until quinoa is done. Remove the cover, stir in the peas, and cook uncovered until peas are warm and all liquid is absorbed.


Season with a few splashes of lemon juice, adjust spices and salt as needed, and stir in a few tbsp of sliced almonds.

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