Easy Summer Vegetable Paella (Gluten-free)

It has been almost two years since I have been to Spain. On my last trip, I had the BEST vegetarian paella in Valencia at the Plaza Doctor Collado in Valencia. It was worth every minute of the 40 minute wait; if you ever visit Valencia, go to this tiny restaurant with a lovely patio. I’ve been missing Spain, and this rainy unseasonably cool summer weather has me craving something comforting. On Tuesday, I visited to our local Kirkwood Farmer’s Market, left with tons of fresh local produce, and decided it was time for vegan paella. Hopefully, it will hold me off until next summer when I get to go back to Spain!

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Easy Summer Vegetable Paella (Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~15
  • Difficulty: easy
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A vegan take on this Spanish dish loaded with tender summer vegetables and saffron-infused rice; it's gluten-free and a simple one-pan allergy-friendly meal.

Tips: to add a ‘seafood’ like taste, add the hearts of palm, or omit if you don’t want a ‘seafood’ flavor.
Credit: My Real Dish

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 8 oz mushrooms (I used Baby Bella Crimini)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups tomatoes chopped or one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups brown short grain rice
  • 4 cups veggie stock (gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (juice from ~1 ½ lemons) + extra sliced lemons to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Prepare the vegetables. Clean the vegetables using cold water and a vegetable cleaner (I like Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray and Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak). Chop the onion and bell pepper, slice the mushrooms, and mince the garlic. Cut the ends off the zucchini and summer squash, and cut them in half horizontally and then slice small cylinders ~1/4″ thick. Slice the eggplant lengthwise in half, thinly slice it in ¼ inch rows, and ¼ inch rows horizontally.
  2. Chop the parsley and juice the 1/4 cup lemon juice in order to prepare the herb sauce. Combine parsley, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil into a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a very large pan.
  4. Sauté chopped vegetables, onion and garlic in the pan for ~7 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon Redmond’s Real Salt and continue to sauté for 3 minutes.
  6. Add rice to vegetable mixture and sauté until mixed well.
  7. Add herb sauce, vegetable broth, saffron and paprika. Bring to a low boil for 10 minutes. Stirring every couple of minutes.
  8. Cut hearts of palm in small cylinders ~1/4″ thick, and add them to the rice mixture.
  9. Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve with a slice of lemon on top.

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