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Quick Vegetarian Paella

This Spanish classic is simple to prepare and easily doubled to serve a crowd. Artichokes, bell peppers, mushrooms and olives cooked with nutty brown rice make this a hearty one-dish meal. The blend of exotic spices including saffron and tumeric give an extra special flavor.

Cooking Light APRIL 2005

  • Yield: 5 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups (1-inch) chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups uncooked quick-cooking brown rice
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed, or ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups chopped tomato
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in rice and next 4 ingredients (through thyme); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in tomato, green peas, olives, 2 tablespoons parsley, black pepper, and artichoke hearts. Cook 3 minutes or until rice is tender and mixture is thoroughly heated. Garnish with additional chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 350
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 10.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 62g
  • Fiber: 7.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 3.4mg
  • Sodium: 686mg
  • Calcium: 78mg
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