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Spicy Vegetarian Paella

How to make a spicy, vegetarian paella.

This vegetarian dish is big on flavor, combining Mediterranean and Indian influences.  The spices add a nice kick, while the lemon brightens it up at the end. A very satisfying means of going meat-less!

vegetarian paella

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, sliced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika 
1 cup white rice
1/2 tablespoon butter
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup edamame
1 can artichoke hearts
1 cup olives (Kalamata or Greek)
1 lemon

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
2. Add the onion and cook on medium heat, until translucent.  
3. Add the red bell peppers and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  
4. Add the spices and garlic.  Stir around, coating the onions and peppers with the spices. 
5. Add the rice and butter.  Stir around to coat. 
6. Add the vegetable stock, salt and water.  Simmer on low, uncovered for 10 minutes.  

7. After simmering for 10 minutes, cover with a tight lid, and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes.  

8. While the rice is cooking, boil the edamame per package instructions.  Drain and set aside.  
9. Drain the artichoke hearts and set aside.  

10. After the 15 minutes of covered cooking time, add the edamame, artichoke hearts, and olives.  Turn the heat off and let stand, covered for 10 minutes.

vegetarian paella

 11.  Serve hot, with a slice of lemon.  

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