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Vegan Paella

An easy, healthy one pan dinner inspired by the signature dish from Valencia, Spain
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine healthy, plant based, spanish, vegan
Servings 6


  • 2.5 cups brown rice dry
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 bell peppers I used one red, one green
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 6.5 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts ingredient and quantity optional
  • 1 small jar green olives ingredient and quantity optional
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp paprika smoked or regular
  • 1 pinch saffron approx 2 tsp
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro for serving
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges for serving
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil for sautéing

For the tofu "chorizo" (OR buy vegan sausage or chorizo and skip this step)

  • 1 package Extra firm tofu ideally previously frozen
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • If making your own tofu "chorizo" begin marinading it now! See recipe below
  • Heat a cast iron or oven safe skillet on medium heat. While the pan is heating up chop up the veggies! When the pan is hot, add 1-2 tbsp of oil and saute the onions until fragrant and translucent, then add the garlic and spices and saute until fragrant. (if you don't have an oven safe pan, you'll just have to transfer the ingredients to a baking dish later to bake)
  • Add the remaining vegetables, diced tomatoes, rice, tofu (or vegan sausage) and vegetable broth to the pan and stir to combine
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through, approx 20 min. If you aren't sure that it's done, give it a stir. If there's still liquid on the bottom, leave it in a few more minutes and check again. The rice will be golden and soft when ready!
  • That's it! Make sure to remove the bay leaf before serving. Optionally sprinkle on some fresh chopped cilantro and some fresh squeezed lemon

Tofu "chorizo"

  • I highly recommend freezing your tofu ahead for this! As soon as you buy it, throw it right in the freezer! After thawing, make sure you press it between some kitchen towels to squeeze out the extra liquid!
  • Combine the soy sauce, veggie broth, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and spices
  • Tear up the tofu into bite sized pieces and let sit in the marinade while you prep your veggies
Keyword paella, vegan