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Three Bean Paella

by Tami Hardeman from Power Pulses

Enjoy Spanish favourite Paella with a vegetarian twist. This version packs a punch of pulses, loaded with haricot beans, black-eyed beans, kidney beans and green peas.

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Tami Hardeman


This colourful twist on the classic Spanish dish features a trio of meaty pulses in addition to saffron-scented rice, roasted red peppers, and tangy green olives.

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2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
pinch of saffron threads
pinch of crushed dried chillies
225g (8oz) chopped tomatoes
1 tsp smoked paprika
450g (1lb) uncooked paella rice, such as Bomba or Calisparra
750ml (1 ¼ pints) vegetable stock
175g (6oz) cooked haricot beans
115g (4oz) cooked pigeon peas, or black-eyed beans
125g (4 ¼ oz) cooked kidney beans
60g (2oz) frozen green peas, thawed
60g (2oz) roasted red pepper strips
60g (2oz) pitted, sliced green Spanish olives
1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges
Flat-leaf parsley, to garnish


In a 25cm (10in) paella pan or large cast-iron frying pan, warm the oil over a medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Incorporate the saffron, dried chillies, tomatoes, and paprika. Stir in the rice and cook for 2–3 minutes.

Add the stock to the rice mixture and stir. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in the haricot beans, pigeon peas (or black-eyed beans), and kidney beans. Cover again and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Scatter the green peas across the top and cook without stirring, covered, for another 10 minutes, or until the beans and peas are warmed through. Remove from the heat.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the red pepper strips and olives evenly across the top. Cover and let the paella stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley, then serve.

Make it with meat – Add 225g (8oz) cooked, peeled, and de-veined prawns along with the red pepper strips in step 3.


Calories 290 Total Fat 4.5g Saturated Fat 0.5g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 260mg Total Carbohydrate 55g Dietary Fibre 6g Sugars 4g Protein 8g


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