Vegetarian Paella Fake-Out

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Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away, and although paella is a Spanish-style dish, it’s still a pretty great way to ring in this margarita sipping holiday!

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices, so to cut down on the big bucks without skimping on flavor,

I used pre-seasoned rice. You can pick up any brand you choose, but the one I used was ready in only 90 seconds!

The addition of frozen vegetables with fresh garlic, onions and parsley ramped up this skillet sensation, giving it more of an authentic feel.

I kept this vegan, (and my carnivorous Hubby happily cleaned his plate!), but of course you can add seafood, sausage and chicken if desired.

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen tricolor pepper strips

1 cup frozen peas

1 onion

3 cloves garlic

1 can water packed quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 (8.8 oz.) package Spanish Style rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice!)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pinch crushed red pepper

Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Chop onion.

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Mince garlic.

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Add olive oil to a large skillet.

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Toss in frozen peppers.

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Throw in peas.

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Heat over medium-high until defrosted.

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Add onion.

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And garlic.

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Cook for a few minutes until tender, then add artichoke hearts.

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Season vegetables with paprika, salt and pepper.

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Heat rice in microwave, according to instructions and add to the vegetables.

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Mix together, then flatten in skillet and lower heat.

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Chop parsley and garnish over top.

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Eat and enjoy with a margarita…or sangria!

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