I have had paella once, back in my omni days, and remembered REALLY liking it . . . so when I stumbled across a recipe for "Quick Vegetarian Paella" in an old Cooking Light magazine, I decided to try it out!
However, the more I looked at the recipe, the more I really didn't quite like it . . . so I decided to make some major changes! Here's my version of Vegetarian Paella, inspired by Cooking Light:
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
Add, bring to a boil, cover, then simmer for 15 minutes:
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Stir in and heat through:
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
7 ounces artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
End notes: this could use a little more salt, and also benefited from boiling off a little bit of extra liquid at the end. Otherwise, pretty good!
P.S. According to the recipe, it should have made about 2 1/2 servings . . . it looks more like four to me! Sheesh. I'm really glad I cut the recipe in half to begin with!