Citrus Quinoa Paella Recipe

This Citrus Quinoa Paella Recipe combines a lot of ingredients, all of them good for you! While most Paella recipes use seafood, this dishes combines a whole host of vegetables and spices that will be sure to please.

Quinoa is a nutty grain with lots of protien and all of the essential amino acids. Quinoa is often included on many “Super Foods” lists.

This recipe is also quick, only taking 15-20 minutes to cook, although there is some decent prep work required. It is helpful to make this in a deep skillet or dutch oven.

Citrus Quinoa Paella Recipe

Serves4
Prep time1 hour
Cook time45 minutes
Total time1 hour, 45 minutes
This Citrus Quinoa Paella Recipe combines a lot of ingredients, all of them good for you! While most Paella recipes use seafood, this dishes combines a whole host of vegetables and spices that will be sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth, low sodium
  • 2 Carrots (diced and cut in)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Medium Mushrooms (diced)
  • 1 cup Peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup Tomatoes (diced)
  • 4 cups Collards (devined and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Dulse Flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Sage
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 3 Green Olives
  • 1/2 Lime (chopped)

Directions

Step 1.In a heat-proof bowl or measuring cup, combine dried tomatoes and boiling water. Let sit to re-hydrate.
Step 2.In a deep skillet or dutch oven, bring broth to a boil. Add quinoa, put on tight fitting lid, turn heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Step 3.In a large, dry skillet, on high heat add carrots, onion, cauliflower. Let sear for 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, peas and garlic. Add water or white wine 1/4 cup at a time to keep from burning. Cook with lid for 3 minutes.
Step 4.Drain the dried tomatoes. Chop small and add to vegetables. Add tomatoes, collards, poultry seasoning, dulse, and sage to vegetables.
Step 5.Add vegetables to quinoa after the 10 minutes of simmering. Simmer for another 5 minutes with lid on. Quinoa should be soft, but not mushy.
Step 6.Add olives, pepper and squeeze the lime over the whole, stir for 10 seconds.

 

Nutritional Information 
Calories261
Total Fat4g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium431mg
Dietary Fiber10g
Sugars9g
Protein12g

The nutritional content above is approximate, per serving and will vary. This Citrus quinoa paella recipe is based on 4 servings.