vegetarian paella and a video :)

August 22, 2010

When my husband was growing up, Sundays were all about family, worship, and rest. Somewhere in the midst of that came food. Sundays were a time to regroup and get ready for another work week, all the while thanking God for the many blessings he had given them. I too, grew up with Sundays as a day of worship, but we didn’t have a lot of family time… or resting time. Luckily for my husband, I have grown to love lazy Sundays (sometimes).
Also luckily for my husband, I like to cook…. a lot.
Starting with his breakfast – honestly. I know you all want a wife like me. I’m taken; sorry.

he's so spoiled

 When I got home from church, I set off to make our Sunday “dinner” – which is really lunch, but he calls it dinner. However, I digress. This is one topic which I will never win on. I’m supposed to choose my battles, right? Enter in vegetarian paella (adapted from Spain recipes).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), sliced into small strips
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups rice, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 boullion cube (GF)

how it’s done:

1. Pour 4 cups of water into a pot and simmer with the boullion cube (note: you can also just use vegetable broth).

2. Chop all of your vegetables, beginning with your onion and garlic.

1 large onion, chopped

 3. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into a large Dutch oven and cook your chopped onion and 5 cloves of minced garlic until translucent.

did you know olive oil comes from olives? okay, i know... obviously! but how often do you REALLY think about that?

 4. Add your brown rice to the Dutch oven and continue to sautee for an additional 3 minutes.

5. Chop your peppers into small strips.

bell peppers are a vitamin powerhouse - vitamin c, vitamin b6, thiamine, beta carotene, and folic acid... just to name a few.

did you know... that red bell peppers have much higher levels of nutrients than green?

when eating rice, try to stick with brown. white rice is ultimately brown rice... but has been stripped of its nutrients.

 7. After your rice has sauteed for 3 minutes, add your can of diced tomatoes to the Dutch oven and heat for an additional 3 minutes.

if that's not a high dosage of lypocene, i don't know what is!

8. Add your bell peppers to the pot and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are well incorporated.

i took one look at my nails in this picture and said, 'gross' - hence the reason why my nails are being redone tonight!

9. Your vegetable broth should now be almost to a boil, so slowly add this to your pot being cautious not to scald yourself!

don't be alarmed... the liquid WILL absorb!

9. Your paella should need approximately 30-40 minutes to fully absorb all of the liquid. Cook on medium heat for the full time, only lulling down to a simmer after the liquid has absorbed.

when you've got a good wifey, she'll make you sausage.. and gag in the process.

10. Drizzle lemon juice over paella right before serving.

vegetarian paella

11. Enjoy with your favorite toppings – the possibilities are endless. I had artichokes, but the husband had sausage.

vegetarian paella with artichoke hearts

This dish rocked my world. I actually went back for thirds. It has a wonderful flavor despite the amount of spice that actually went into it. A true Mediterranean dish at its finest.

I also have some good news for you all! JKS Productions was the company in which we hired our videographer for our wedding. He posted a 5 minute video clip on his website for all to see! I know a lot of time in the “blog world” I see pictures of you all, but pictures don’t really do justice sometimes… so, I hope you enjoy!

I couldn’t get the video onto the site because in reality, I’m really not that tech saavy. Click here to watch!


This video was provided by JKS Productions

Question: What’d you think? :)


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