When I was growing up in England our summer vacation was usually a trip to the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. It’s been many years since I’ve been there but some of the new to me foods I got to try for the first time have always stayed in my mind. One such dish is paella. I’ve had a couple of attempts to make it myself but could never quite match the taste. To my surprise while I was searching on the Vitacost site I came across paella rice that’s premade with all the great spices needed for this dish. It was on sale so I thought I’d give it a try and make a vegetable paella for a Meatless Monday dish. I was pleased with the result and this rice which really compliments the vegetables and brings out their taste. If you’re not using this product I’d try brown rice and add some paprika and turmeric to give the rice the golden look and taste. I’m including a link to the product just in case you want to give it a try and it looks like it’s still on sale-
1 cup Vitacost Paella rice (make as per package instructions)
Oil for sauteeing
2 cobs of corn, cooked and broken into thirds
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 cup chopped green beans
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
While the paella rice is cooking, in a large saucepan and over medium high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, cook until it’s slightly softened and then add the red pepper and zucchini.
Add some pepper and salt to taste and continue cooking until the mixture is slightly browned and the vegetables tender.
Add the stewed tomatoes and mix everything together. Add the corn and then pour on top of the rice and mix everything together.