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Recipe of the Day: Plant-based Paella

Looking for the ultimate one pot meal?


vegetable broth, mushrooms, garlic, green chilies, paprika, yellow onion, red bell pepper, parsley, artichoke hearts, cauliflower, green peas, San Marzano tomatoes, piquillo pepper, saffron, poblano pepper


  • !/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, de-stemmed and roughly chopped*
  • 3 piquillo peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked artichoke hearts, chopped (I used canned)
  • 1/4 cup green olives with pimentos, cut in half
  • 1 cup San Marzano tomatoes + juice from can, roughly chopped**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of saffron
  • 16 ounces riced cauliflower (I used frozen from Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • Italian parsley to garnish, optional


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.

To an oven safe, pre-heated skillet, add the onion, bell pepper and poblano pepper. Bring the heat down to medium-high and stir often. When the onion becomes translucent, add in the garlic and continue to stir. If the vegetables begin to stick, add in a tablespoon or so of the broth to de-glaze. After about 60 seconds, add in the mushrooms, piquillos, artichokes, green olives, tomatoes+juice, paprika, ground black pepper, and saffron. Stir well.

Add in rice and mix well again. Add in 1/4 cup of the broth, stir and transfer to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes or so to add more broth if it evaporates (but only if it is looking really dry). On the last 5 minutes, add the peas, lightly stir and place back in oven.

Garnish with parsley if using and serve from hot skillet.

*I used Chinese shiitake mushrooms (which look like crimini), but any mushroom with work.

** If you cannot find San Marzano, fire-roasted tomatoes are also good.

Serves 4

You can also find more delicious recipes like this from Caryn on her social media pages and STLVegGirl.com.