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Veggie Paella

This easy to make Veggie Paella is a simplified version of an extravagant dish you love! This is a satisfying vegetarian one-dish meal that is perfect for a weeknight.
Course Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Vegetarian Paella, Veggie Paella
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 31 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 325kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • tablespoon  avocado oil
  • large yellow onion diced
  • red peppers sliced
  • teaspoon  minced garlic
  • pinch  Vigo Saffron threads optional; Vigo Yellow Rice already has saffron, but you can add another pinch for a bolder flavor.
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • package Vigo Yellow Rice  8 oz
  • 2 1/4 cups water or broth
  • 1 1/2  cups  frozen peas thawed
  • 14  ounces  Vigo Artichoke Hearts  chopped
  • 1/3  cup  green olives chopped
  • tablespoons  lemon juice
  • Lemon Wedges and parsley for garnish


  • Heat avocado oil in a large shallow skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, garlic, saffron, smoked paprika, and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, occasionally stirring, until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in rice mix and 2 1/4 cup of water or broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 18 minutes.
  • Add the peas, artichoke hearts, and olives to the pan. Cook, without stirring, until the rice is al dente and forms a crust at the bottom of the pan, about 5 more minutes.
  • Stir in lemon juice and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.



  • Use leftovers to stuff peppers! Hollow out the peppers and stuff. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees, until the peppers start to blister.


  • Add 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed when you add the peas.
  • Add 8 ounces sliced mushrooms with the onion.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3015IU | Vitamin C: 91.7mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2.2mg