Friday, December 23, 2011


So, I got the idea of making a vegan paella one day and just sort of ran with it. This is what I came up with. I used short-grain brown rice instead of white rice for a more healthy option.


* Prep Time: 10 minutes
* Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
* Ingredients:
  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small Spanish onion, sliced 
  • 1 box (7 oz.) of chick'n strips*
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red pepper, sliced
  • 1 package (12 oz.) vegan chorizo*
  • 1 package (12 oz.) vegan shrimp*
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup dried lobster mushrooms, rehydrated, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried oyster mushrooms, rehydrated, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 small lemon, zested
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning*
  • salt and pepper, to taste
* Recipe:
  1. In a medium pot, combine vegetable stock, rice, bay leaf, saffron. Cook until rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, in a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. 
  3. Once onions are cooked, add the chick'n strips, garlic, red pepper, chorizo, shrimps, peas, and mushrooms. Cook for another 10 minutes or so until everything looks nicely browned or tender.
  4. In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients. Add to the pot and stir well. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. When rice is done, remove bay leaf and add to the pot with paella mixture. Stir well to combine. Serve with lemon wedge if desired.
* Note: For chick'n strips, I used Gardein brand. One could also use Morningstar Farms. For vegan chorizo, I used Frieda's brand Soyrizo. The vegan shrimp I used was VegeUSA brand. Lastly, Old Bay Seasoning is a seafood seasoning that is often use. You can find it at any grocery store in the spice section. It is great for faux crab cakes. Don't worry - it's vegan! 

As a side note, you could also opt to add celery into this dish or use regular white short-grain rice. The lobster and oysters mushrooms were added to give a more seafood-y taste (plus, I love fungi). You could opt to leave them out if you like or use a fresh variety of both.

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