Macrobiotic Paella

S1080008Marlene’s Macrobiotic Paella

Food has a very powerful influence on our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.  A Macrobiotic approach to diet is the most helpful to create delicious balanced meals.

Enjoy my version of the typical Spanish paella.


½ tsp Saffron Threads

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 red pepper/yellow pepper/green pepper, deseeded and finely chopped

1 handful fresh green beans finely chopped

Miso Bouillon sachet or organic vegetable stock cube mixed in 1 litre of water

1 pack tempeh, seitan or tofu cut into small cubes (if desired)

2 tbsp tamari or shoyu

Lemon Wedges

2 cups Paella Rice or Brown Rice

Soak the saffron threads in one cup of filtered water and set off to the side.  Grind the seitan in a small coffee grinder or food processor and pan fry until crisp and set aside. In a large paella pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic, onion and tomatoes and sauté until soft.   Add the peppers, green beans, and cover with the bouillon stock.  Add the tamari and leave to simmer at a low heat for 30 minutes or more until the vegetables are al dente, soft to the bite, adding more water if necessary.

If you are adding any vegetable protein heat some olive oil in a pan as directed above and fry the tempeh/seitan or tofu on either side for a few minutes until golden, remove and set aside.

Add the rice one handful at a time along with the (tempeh, seitan or tofu) if using and then add the saffron threads and the soaking water adding some more water if required.  Cover with some foil and simmer for half an hour until the rice is also soft to the bite. Serve with lemon wedges on the side of the pan.

In good health



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