VegKitchen Monday Menu, February 6, 2017

Quick Quinoa paella

I could never figure out this Groundhog Day thing — the groundhog comes out on February 2, sees his (is it ever her?) shadow, and that means 6 more weeks of winter. Everyone is sad. But if you look at the calendar, there are literally 6 more weeks of winter, so what’s the big whoop? I can always pretend late winter away by starting to serve more spring-like meals as soon as we turn the page to February. Case in point, this week’s Monday Menu featuring Quick Quinoa Paella. There’s something decidedly un-wintery about it, yet it uses seasonal ingredients and will warm and satisfy you in a hurry.

Paella is a Spanish pilaf traditionally made with white rice and seafood. We’ll do away with the seafood here, of course, and since we’re dispensing with tradition, let’s do away with white rice as well. Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa instead, you can have a colorful meal in about thirty minutes. When you link through to the recipe, you’ll see that we recommend pairing it with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. That’s a great choice, for sure, but since we suggested that in last week’s Monday Menu, let’s switch it up and let you choose from any of these Fruity, Nutty Mixed Greens Salads, which are practically recipe-free.

mixed greens salads

Quick Quinoa paella

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