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Made this in less than an hour after work. We loved it, and never really missed the seafood at all.

Vegetable Paella (slightly adapted from Coastal Living magazine)

1 8-ounce package mushrooms, quartered

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3 – 4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup diced onion

1 red pepper, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 pound uncooked Arborio rice

1 teaspoon saffron, crushed

3 cups vegetable broth

1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

1/2 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/3 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives

1/4 cup roasted red or yellow pepper, cut into strips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Saute mushrooms in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and light brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Heat remaining oil in a 12″ ovenproof skillet, and saute garlic, onion, and peppers 8 minutes or until soft. Add rice, saffron, and salt, and stir until rice is coated with oil. Add broth, and bring mixture to a boil.

Cover pan with foil, and bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Stir in reserved mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and next 3 ingredients; cover and bake 8 minutes more. Remove foil, and bake 12 minutes more. Remove from oven, and top with olives and roasted peppers. Makes 8 servings.

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