Hello 2018! A new year, new resolutions, new adventures, and of course, new recipes! Are you ready? I sure am. And we’re starting 2018 off with a REALLY good one…
Who else out there loves paella?? Honestly, it’s not a dish I make too regularly in my kitchen, but when I do, it’s truly special. In fact, this Autumn Vegetable Paella is still one of my very favorite fall recipes on this blog. It’s just so warm and comforting and deeelicious.
But it was time for another take on this Spanish classic, veggie-loaded of course, so here we are today!
The inspiration for this paella actually came from a recent night out in D.C. Nate and I went to this newish Spanish-Moroccan fusion restaurant in the city, Arroz, for a impromptu date night and we fell in LOVE.
One of the dishes we ordered, among other incredible things, was a fall vegetable paella with grilled lemon and a fried egg. Ohhmyygoodnesss was it magical. That bright saffron flavor, the oozy egg, the zesty lemon, the crunchy veggies – true perfection in a pan!
And whenever I stumble upon dishes like these at restaurants, my instant reaction is, “I MUST make this at home!” Anyone else get that same urge??
So, as you guessed, that’s where this dish comes into play. The recipe is honestly pretty simple and doesn’t require many dishes (my kind of meal), but it is a little time consuming. BUT. I promise, most of that time is pretty hands off – just roasting and simmering and easy stuff like that. We can handle that, right??
I just adore all the flavors in this dish. The saffron and cinnamon are so warming, the tomatoes literally burst in your mouth, and the egg adds that perfect hearty element. Like most of my recipes, feel free to tweak the veggies with whatever you have on hand (ex: kale instead of spinach). And PLEASE add another egg. Or two. Or three. I was just making this look pretty, but I promise you, when I make this for dinner, there are at least 3 eggs involved. #foodbloggerissues
Well, that’s it from me today. I hope everyone is getting back into the swing of reality and back on that post-holiday health train. I definitely indulged a little more than normal this Christmas (can I blame it on the baby?!?), so I’m living on healthy, veggie-filled recipes like these to get me back on track! Hope y’all enjoy!