Finger-licking spanish vegetable Paella

Photo on 8-19-13 at 12.54 PM

It’s been quiet around Locavori as I was traveling through Spain with my family, hiking in the Spanish mountains and enjoying endless beaches at the Costa del Azahar. To make it up to you guys I decided to share my favorite Paella recipe that is so good your friends and family will lick their plates. I recently made it for my family and before everybody was even home an astonishing amount of 2 kilos of paella was already missing from the stove. For everybody who has trouble convincing your family to eat cleaner, this dish is genius. I promise you there won’t be any leftovers! This recipe does not call for the typical ingredient saffron and meat/fish and is therefore whether pricey nor complicated. You can make large amounts of super rich and delicious paella in no time. Perfect dish for inviting your friends and family, getting together and eating a meal together that has a high nutritional value 🙂

Let’s start with the ingredients:

  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped yellow bellpepper (cubes)
  • 1 chopped red bellpepper (cubes)
  • 1 chopped eggplant
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3,5 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 glass jar of diced tomatoes blended with basil
  • 1 or 2 pinches of cayenne
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp curry
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (optional)
  • black olives and fresh minced parsley (optional)


Start heating the oil in a typical paella pan or a wok (non-sticky skillet pan will work as well). Add the onions and garlic and stir for a minute. Add the bell pepper, eggplant and paprika and stir for another 4 minutes. This is the base of your dish. You can also already prepare the base ahead of time. Add the rice, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes and stir. Now you can add your spices: cayenne, thyme, curry, salt and pepper. Let it come to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. After, you can add the garbanzo beans and let simmer for another 15 minutes. Make sure you stir frequently to distribute the heat evenly! The typical Spanish paella calls for rice that is al dente, but ultimately you have to decide how thoroughly cooked your rice should be.You can garnish the dish with pitted black olives and fresh minced parsley.

(Oh, and if I make this dish for myself I leave out the garbanzo beans as there is a lot of controversy in eating them. But for my family, all meat and fish eaters, I added them to make the dish more rich and filling.)


If you don’t have fresh vegetables at home or just a few tomatoes, you can just heat the oil, add onion, garlic, chopped tomatoes and paprika as your base. Then you add rice, vegetable broth and your spices and voila you have a yummy and super easy dish!

Feel free to play with the recipe and come up with your own delicious variations 🙂 If you have questions or want to share your experience cooking leave a comment below,

XO Monalisa


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