I went waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the Food Revival vault to find Fresh 365’s Vegetable Paella.  I made it again on Sunday and I have to say that it continues to be a hit in our household. Here was the original post (with a few tweaks):

I got this recipe from Fresh 365, a website created by Erin (in Boston) that celebrates vegetarian dishes.  The website doesn’t exist anymore (really sad). Nonetheless, I want to thank Fresh365 for the inspiration. Here’s the recipe:

Vegetable Paella
adapted from Fresh 365 who adapted it from Bon Appétit . serves 4-6

2 T olive oil
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 t paprika
2 c water
2 t salt
15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 large plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped (I used canned)
3 roasted red, orange, and yellow peppers, coarsely chopped
1/2 c chopped peeled carrots
6 canned artichoke hearts, quartered
1 c frozen peas
large handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 t crushed saffron threads
1/4 t cayenne pepper
2 c cooked grains (I used rice medley in the photograph, but this time I used couscous)

In a large pot, heat olive oil, over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté, 5-7 minutes, until onions begin to brown. (I added the carrots too just to get them softer). Stir in paprika. Add water, salt, chickpeas, tomatoes (I used fire-roasted canned whole tomatoes), peppers (I roasted the red, yellow, and orange bell peppers before chopping them), artichokes and peas. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 8-10 minutes, until a bit of liquid evaporates (you want some juices, but not like soup). Stir in cilantro, saffron (this is beyond expensive, but worth it. Just buy it and use in as many dishes you can find. You won’t be sorry) and cayenne, and cook 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over cooked grains (I used couscous but you can use whatever you have on hand).