Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tasty Paella with Tempeh and Avocado Mash

Tasty Paella
Paella is a hearty, comforting Spanish rice dish, loaded with veggies, protein and wonderful spices such as Spanish smoked paprika and saffron. The best part about this dish is that everything is cooked using one pan– I love it!
I’ve made this a few times always mixing up the veggies and protein. This is my recent recipe and the image is from a previous one. Feel free to mix it up.  

Note: Typically I steam tempeh first but found I didn't need to in this rice dish, and it's not bitter.

1 medium onion chopped
Pinch cayenne depending on the heat
2 large cloves garlic minced
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 red pepper chopped Or 2 medium carrots sliced into rounds or both
1 cup jasmine rice rinsed
1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp crushed saffron flowers  
½ tsp sea salt
¾ cup organic corn – frozen is fine
1 tbsp rinsed capers – Or ¼ cup sliced green olives
1 cup chickpeas freshly cooked or rinsed from can Or 1 package tempeh cubed
14oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes – use blender to crush them
1 ¾ cup veggie broth
1 tsp maple syrup

Use a large shallow pan that has a lid.
Saute the onion and red pepper for 4 minutes in coconut or olive oil with hefty pinch of sea salt and small pinch cayenne, add the garlic, ginger and toss, add carrots if using and sauté for 1 minute, add the rice, paprika, cumin, saffron flowers, and stir to combine, add corn, tempeh or chickpeas and toss to combine, add the crushed tomatoes and stir followed by the veggie broth and maple syrup. Bring to a low boil, turn down the heat and simmer covered for 17 minutes or until liquid is all absorbed. Remove from heat and top with layer of fresh spinach, keep covered and allow steam to wilt the leaf.

Spoon in bowl and top with avocado mash, cilantro or parsley, cashew cream and or hot sauce. Side of tortilla or chips

Avocado Mash
One avocado
½ Lime juiced
Hefty pinch sea salt
Combine all in bowl

greatly adapted and inspired by Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi


  1. What an absolutely beautiful dish. I found your blog through instagram and Im addicted!


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