Quinoa Vegetable Paella
The beautiful aromatic flavors of saffron, cumin, and paprika will remind you of warm tropical days in far-off destinations.
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/4 tsp saffron, crushed
- 2 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin seed
- 1/4 dash cayenne
- 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes (fire-roasted adds some extra flavor)
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 14-ounce can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
- 1 can artichoke hearts, rinsed and cut into quarters
- 3 Tbs sliced almonds
- A few healthy splashes of lemon juice
- Salt to taste (you definitely need salt in this dish!)
- 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. You may also put the quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly.
- Sauté onion and garlic in a deep nonstick 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, tomatoes, peppers, beans, 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 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, 5 to 15 minutes.
- Season with a few splashes of lemon juice, salt, and stir in a few tablespoons of sliced almonds.
- Arrange the artichoke hearts on the top and top with a sprinkling of sliced almonds before serving.
Calories from Fat 54 (15%)
(10%)Total Fat 6g
(4%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Total Carbohydrate 63g
(59%)Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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