This one is inspired by a Spanish paella. It's not going to win any authenticity awards or earn me the keys to the city of Valencia, but I want to call it a quinoa paella and you just can't stop me.
Fine, I'll call it "paella-style" quinoa. Happy? *frowns*
This recipe calls for saffron, which is impossibly expensive, and I have a little jar that Mr. Wing-It bought me two Christmases ago that I keep saving "for a special occasion." I'm not sure for what sort of special occasion I think I need to save it. The Queen of Spain coming to visit? Yes, we want to make sure Her Majesty has a 100% satisfactory visit when she comes to visit.
Here's a tip for those of you who have a TJ Maxx nearby - they usually sell saffron and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, it only costs two phalanges of your choice! Score! You can also use a pinch of turmeric if you don't have saffron. Just a little bit for color, we're not making a curry.
If you want to make this a whole meal you can throw in a vegan sausage. Vegan chorizo would be ideal if you can find it or make it yourself, but really any sausage would work. If you want to stick a kielbasa sausage in there no one can to stop you. Not even Her Royal Highness.
Finally, if you have a paella pan, that will earn you some nice brownie points with the queen too. Or flan points. Sadly, I don't have a paella pan so a regular eight-inch frying pan with a lid was my inappropriate cooking vessel, but you can use a saucepan or a small pot too.
To sum up, I have totally violated the integrity of the authentic Spanish paella.
Paella-Style Quinoa With Roasted Artichoke Hearts
Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 2 servings
8oz / 225g frozen artichoke hearts
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and black pepper
1 purple onion, sliced or chopped
1/2 medium sized green bell pepper
1/2 medium sized red and/or yellow bell pepper, sliced or chopped
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup chicken-style broth or vegetable broth
1 generous pinch of saffron threads
What To Do:
If you want to make this a whole meal, throw in a vegan sausage for good measure. If you can find or make a chorizo-style sausage that would be ideal.[br][br]If you don't have saffron you can use a pinch of turmeric for color.
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