Recipe 2: Super Speedy Paella

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being involved in a corporate wellness event for the staff at the university I attend. I was involved in the interactive food station where me and a friend on my course (who also has an amazing blog- check it out it’s called ‘fresh, fab & fit’) made vegan paella and were giving away goodie bags with the recipe in and the ingredients to make it at home. It was a wonderful experience which I feel so blessed to have been a part of. Our paella went down a treat and we only had positive feedback, people couldn’t believe it was plant based, either- I did think some chorizo wouldn’t go a miss so I’m going to put that in the recipe as I think it gives such an incredible flavour but don’t feel you have to add it in- like with all my recipes use them as a template, try different combos and feel free to comment down below if you try something a bit different and it turns out really well! Happy cooking!

You will need:

  • Paella rice
  • Stock cube
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped onions
  • Garlic or garlic paste
  • Smoked paprika
  • Saffron
  • Red pepper
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Fresh tomatoes chopped up
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Water (i don’t know exact amounts think I used about 150/200ml and added it slowly as and when)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Chorizo/ prawns/chicken (optional
  1. Chop the onions into small pieces and sautee in olive oil until soft, add garlic or garlic paste and cook for a further minute or so. Add smoked paprika, salt and pepper then add the rice (I used about 1/3 of the bag- if you add more you’ll just need more water), stock, water and saffron and let it simmer for about 10 mins
  2. Add some tinned tomatoes- maybe about half the can and simmer for a further 5 mins.
  3. The timings aren’t fully accurate as honestly I just used my initiative and kept cooking and tasting the rice till it was soft- then I added the veggies (peppers, green beans, tomatoes and peas) and kept stirring every now and then until they were cooked, don’t cook them for too long because they’ll go mushy and gross- unless you like it like that in which case cook them to your hearts content!
  4. Lastly I added some fresh lemon juice- this is essential because it makes the dish complete and tastes amazing!! (If you want to add chorizo: fry it off separately and add at the same time as you add the veg)

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