Three Vegan Paella Recipes

Looking for a healthy Spanish vegetable paella recipe? Try one of these vegetarian and vegan paella recipes. Each is vegan and full of vegetables and is completely meatless. They may not be authentic Spanish recipes, but what makes a paella isn't the ingredients so much as the cooking technique.

Traditionally, paella is cooked over an open flame, which helps develop the nice crispy bits at the bottom of the pan - that's one of the best parts of eating any paella, vegetarian, vegan, or not. Paella is traditionally made with a short grain Spanish rice, but Italian arborio rice is more common and makes a good substitute.

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    Vegetarian Spanish paella recipe

    Vegan paella with green peas, artichokes and bell pepper photo by Fuse / Getty Images
    Vegan paella with green peas, artichokes and bell pepper photo by Fuse / Getty Images

    This vegetable paella recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. It's made with just the basic, simplest paella ingredients, including red bell peppers, green bell peppers, artichoke hearts, green peas, and plenty of classic paella spices.

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    Vegetarian "chicken" and artichoke paella recipe

    Vegetarian "chicken" and artichoke paella recipe

    An authentic Spanish paella recipe needs to be flavored with saffron, which is expensive when you can find it. This easy vegetarian paella recipe instead starts with pre-flavored packaged saffron rice, making it simpler and more budget-friendly.

    With plenty of paprika, roasted red peppers, garlic and white wine, it's not short on flavor, however, and the vegetarian "chicken" helps carry the flavor even further.

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    Vegan quinoa paella recipe

    Vegan quinoa paella recipe

    Looking to try something a little different? This vegan paella recipe is made with quinoa instead of rice, making it extra-nutritious for vegetarians and vegans. With white wine, a Goya seasoning blend and cumin, there's plenty of Spanish flavor added to the quinoa. If you like quinoa, you'll love this quinoa vegetable paella recipe.