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Vegetable Paella with Tofu

Traditional paella pans are round, shallow metal pans that let the rice and vegetables cook evenly without getting mushy. A wok will do the job just as well; the wide mouth lets liquid evaporate, so the rice cooks and the other ingredients steam rather than boil.



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2 Tbs. olive oil
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2 7-oz. pkgs. spicy marinated tofu, finely diced
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8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
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2 large carrots, diced (1 cup)
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1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
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1 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes, drained
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4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
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1 cup short-grain brown rice
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⅛ tsp. saffron, crumbled
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1 cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed
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¼ cup lemon juice
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3 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish


1. Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu when ripples appear in oil, and season with salt. Sauté 10 minutes, or until tofu is browned, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms release liquid and begin to brown.

2. Stir in carrots, corn, tomatoes, and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes more. Stir in rice, 2 1/4 cups water, and saffron. Bring paella to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with wok lid, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Add peas on surface (do not stir yet), cover, and allow peas to steam 1 to 2 minutes. Remove wok from heat, and stir in lemon juice and green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information: 

22 g
Total Fat: 
12.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
45 g
0 mg
569 mg
6 g
5 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Great recipe! Pretty, simple, & delicious. Making it for Cindo de Mayo today. :)

We don't eat rice or tofu so I substituted quinoa and tempeh marinated in olive oil and ground red pepper. This is very tasty!

I added zucchini shreds instead of peas and it was lovely!

Not sure why, but my rice was not even close to being done after 40 minutes. I think next time I might cook the rice ahead of time with vegetable broth and saffron and add it at the end (without the 2 1/4 cups water).

I use plain tofu instead of marinated, veg broth instead of water, and I add in artichoke hearts and green olives.

I cooked the rice ahead of time, to prevent the rice from sticking from previous experience with paellas. The taste is great. Loved the lemon on top.

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Looks delicious! Love the idea is paella in the winter!

this may make a nice rice, but it is NOT paella… you can do pretty decent vegetarian paella… why not ask someone that knows how to make paella?! i guess it's a matter of cultural respect.