Vegetable Paella with Tofu

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Traditional paella pans are round, shallow metal pans that let the rice and vegetables cook evenly without getting mushy. A wok will do the job just as well; the wide mouth lets liquid evaporate, so the rice cooks and the other ingredients steam rather than boil.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 7-oz. pkgs. spicy marinated tofu, finely diced
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1/8 tsp. saffron, crumbled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Preparation

1. Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu when ripples appear in oil, and season with salt. Sauté 10 minutes, or until tofu is browned, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms release liquid and begin to brown.

2. Stir in carrots, corn, tomatoes, and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes more. Stir in rice, 2 1/4 cups water, and saffron. Bring paella to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with wok lid, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Add peas on surface (do not stir yet), cover, and allow peas to steam 1 to 2 minutes. Remove wok from heat, and stir in lemon juice and green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 6
  • Calories: 375
  • Carbohydrate Content: 45 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 569 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g