How to Cook Our Delicious Machika Vegan Vegetable Paella Recipe!
When it comes to eating healthy, there can be many reasons and benefits. For example, if you are dealing with cholesterol, high-blood pressure, obesity, or simply want to live a better lifestyle, then eating more vegetables is the way to go. However, that does not mean you need to give up some of your favorite foods like paella! At Machika, we believe that many recipes can be delicious and healthy. So, instead of making a traditional chicken paella, consider making a healthier vegan vegetable paella. It is just as simple, if not easier!
After all, you will have less work overall. Part of making other paella recipes is the cutting and cooking of the meat. Depending on how you cook your paella, this could shave a whole 20 minutes off your cook time! Unlike other healthy dishes, this one is packed full of flavor and ingredients. So, grab your Machika paella pan and get ready to change how you view eating healthy.
Why You Should Cook Our Vegan Paella Today!
Digestive health is important, particularly as you and your family grow. Gut health is attributed to many effects on the body. Simply things such as feeling bloated after a small meal may improve with a better diet. That is where vegetables come in. Unlike meat, vegetables like carrots are full of beneficial vitamins and compounds like beta-carotene. Meat will not contain much of the healthy compounds you find in many vegetables. Meanwhile, you can supplement the most beneficial thing in meat, protein, with a variety of veggies. Eating healthy, vegan recipes is great for the entire family, regardless of your usual diet. Whether taking a break from meat or trying to avoid animal products altogether, our vegan vegetable paella recipe could be perfect for you.
Vegan Paella Cooking Equipment:
All you need to get started with cooking paella is a couple of items. While you do not need a paella pan, it is much easier to cook paella with one. When not using a paella pan, you risk burning the rice instead of creating delicious socarrat. The pans used are specifically designed for create paella dishes and have a long history throughout Spain. There are also versatile so you do not have to worry about getting a pan you can only use for a specific dish. You can use your paella pan for more recipes like stir-fry, burgers, and steak. You can purchase an authentic polished steel paella pan or enameled paella pan from Machika today! At Machika.com, we have a variety of different sizes to fit your needs and kitchen.
You will also want an outdoor burner or large enough stove top burner. You can cook paella with smaller pans on regular kitchen burners as well. When trying to use a large pan on a small burner, make sure you start the heat off slow. Do not play your pan on a high-heat burner as the area making contact will heat up much faster than the rest. This can burn your rice. Instead, always start off on low-heat and avoid turning the burner on max right away or for too long. Let the heat spreading throughout the pan set so the entire surface has around the same temperature.
You will also want a cooking spoon or spatula to help stir all your ingredients alongside other basic cookware and kitchenware like a knife from your Machika bamboo knife block bundle and a Machika bamboo cutting board. With your equipment at hand, you can get started gathering your ingredients and preparing.
Machika Vegan Vegetable Paella Recipe
Cooking our vegetable vegan paella does not differ from how you would cook a traditional paella with meat. You do not have to do anything special to get that perfect paella with a nice socarrat. Before cooking, it is best to cut and divide your ingredients ahead of time. This will make it easier to add the ingredients while cooking. So, before heating your pan, cut your bell peppers into strips (julienne). Your mushrooms should already be sliced, if not, slice thinly. However, do not slice too thin or they may overcook. Dice your onions and prepare your liquids in separate cups. With those steps done, you can start cooking. The steps are as followed:
½ Cup of Fresh Green Peas
1 ½ Cup of Bomba Rice (or other medium grain paella rice)
2 Cups of Vegetable Broth
1 cup of water
8 oz of white Mushrooms
16 oz of tomatoes (about 2 organic tomatoes, diced)
1 yellow onion (diced)
1 can of chickpeas (approx. 15 oz)
1 large bell pepper cut into strips
Salt & pepper
1 ½ lemons
1 teaspoon of Garlic powder
When hot, but not smoking, add your bell peppers and let cook for about 3 minutes.
Add your onions, mushrooms, and cook until the onions start to become translucent.
Then add around 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, and liberally salt and pepper the veggies. Do not over-salt since you can always add more salt when adding in the broth and taste test the mix of veggies and broth.
Mix the veggies and spices in pan thoroughly and add your 1 ½ cups of bomba rice and a couple threads of saffron.
Add the rest of your extra virgin olive oil and alongside the couple threads of saffron and rice.
Add your chickpeas, drain if you are using canned chickpeas, and mix your ingredients together in the pan.
Stir and let cook over medium heat until the entire pan is fragrant, and the rice takes on color from the paprika and saffron.
Then add your diced tomatoes, green peas, and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring it all to a boil and then turn down the heat to leave it at a simmer. Leave it to cook for about 25 minutes. If the broth seems to dry before it is all cooked, add a bit of water. You do not need to add the whole cup. As the paella finishes up, you can turn the heat down to below medium to avoid burning the rice.
Cut a lemon into halves and squeeze lemon juice over the paella. Slice lemons and garnish the dish with slices.
Also, chop your fresh parsley and finish by topping the dish with the herb.
Cooking paella is not as complex as it may seem. In only 11 steps, you could go from some rice, spices, and vegetables to an outstanding and healthy dish. If you are looking to get your family eating healthier, then this dish is a great choice. Not only is it delicious, but it also contains tons of protein from the chickpeas and healthy vitamins and nutrients from the veggies. If you do not like chickpeas or some other veggies in this recipe, then feel free to switch out certain ingredients. For example, instead of chickpeas, you could instead use artichokes as the meat substitute. Take your lunches and dinners to the next level with Machika recipes! You can view more of our delicious recipes by going to our cook hackings blog here.
Calories 399, Carbs 66.6 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Fat 5.8 grams, Fiber 19.6 grams, Protein 25.3 grams, Saturated Fat 0.7 grams, Sodium 393 milligrams
- Maria Pérez