Farmer’s Market Veggies Paella

by Anna on August 22, 2010

in Vegetarian,World Food

Ah! The Hollywood Farmer’s Market… so glamorous, you always rub elbows with some celebrity. But the not so famous also makes a wave over there. I love that Market. Not only for the rich and famous, but because it’s the best one I have been to so far. The variety of fruits and vegetables are mind blowing. And the food? How about that? Today I had Thai coconut sticky rice with mango that was soooooo yummy. It’s really a fun way to start my Sunday, surrounded by beautiful veggies and fruits. All that inspired me to make a “Farmer’s Market” Vegetarian Paella. Also check my seafood version here.

Farmer’s Market Veggies Paella


  • 2 medium eggplants cut in cubes
  • 2 cups green beans cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 60 ml Spanish Olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable
  • 1-cup paella rice
  • 1 red onion cut in cubes
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 small yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Pimenton (Spanish spicy Paprika)
  • Kalamata Olives to serve


Pre-heat the oven 350F. Put the eggplant, peppers and red onions in a tray and sprinkle with dry oregano olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper. Roast them in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden. Heat the olive oil in the paella pan, making sure it doesn’t reach smoking point and then sauté the onion, green beans and garlic. Measure the rice in a cup and add it to the onion, mixing well to ensure each rice grain has a coating of oil (adding a bit extra if you need)

Pour the stock into the paella pan and add the tomatoes and cook on high for three minutes, then turn down to the simmer and cook over a medium heat for 20 minutes or until almost tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed. Don’t stir the rice while cooking just leaves it to simmer away gently. Then arrange the roasted vegetables over the rice in an attractive pattern and leave them to cook in the rising steam. Continue cooking until the all liquid has been absorbed and the rice is nicely tender.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Kay September 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Amazing dish! I love the color of this dish and the olives… I think you could probably cut up a rusty bumper and throw it in a bowl with some strong flavored olives and I wouldn’t even realize the bumper was in there.

Good stuff!

Anna September 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Thanks Joudie, I was just about to ask you if you lived around here. (California) I was actually hopping that you did. I loved your site, and your recipes. Do you live in London? Do you know Ottolenghi? I’m a huge fan of his recipes, they all look amazing. I would love to go to his restaurant/cafe, and try everything. Have a nice Sunday. 😀

joudie's Mood Food September 5, 2010 at 8:24 AM

The veggies in this market look incredible. We don not get that kind of stuff here in the UK. I mean i am sure we do but i have not seen zucchinis like that. I am definitely going to make this. I love rice dishes

Dana September 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Your farmers market pics are so beautiful! I love what you made with your purchases… I always like the idea of paella, but am not a fan of seafood. what a perfect compromise!

Sophie August 30, 2010 at 2:47 AM

A divine vegetarian paella!! Waw!! Just look at those vibrant & elegant veggies!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…gobsmacking too!

A Little Yumminess August 26, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Wow! This looks so beautiful and appetizing. Visiting family and they are vegetarian and it will work well

Anna August 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Thank you Madin. 😀

Cook with Madin August 25, 2010 at 2:39 PM

This is beautiful Paella, I like your idea of just using vegetables for this dish, I’m sure the flavors are awesome too.

Tamy August 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Eu quero esses pimentões liiiiiiiiiiiiiindos pra mim!!!!!

Vc vai mandar que dia???? hahahahah


bunkycooks August 25, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Very nice dish, whether you are vegetarian or not!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 24, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Oh my goodness! That is a gorgouse paella! Love the pictures – especially of the yellow pepper 🙂

Anna August 24, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Thanks Nicole, I loved your blog. Have a great week. 😀

Anna August 24, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Thanks Gabi, mine is a 12 inches Paella pan. It did not overflow. It was just there. Have a great week.

Nicole @ Making Good Choices August 24, 2010 at 4:26 AM

All of your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never made paella before but I’ve had it and it’s delish! I want to make this. 🙂

kristy August 24, 2010 at 3:57 AM

I made my first pealla the other day, but too bad the rice wasn’t cook probably. I think I will to have to use the rice cooker next time. Hopefully by this weekend! Your green version sounds pretty yummy! I think I’m going to use your version instead of the meat & seafood version. Thanks! Enjoy your day, Anna.
Cheers, kristy

tasteofbeirut August 24, 2010 at 3:41 AM

Superb! I love your photos of this vegetable bounty and the idea of a veggie paella is wonderful! (right up my alley!)

Gabi August 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

You paella looks to die for! I really adore that photograph. I can just imagine it hanging in my living room over the black sofa 🙂

I brought a paella pan back on my last trip from Spain, but I didn’t get the proportions right and the pan was totally overfull when I added the liquid. How big is the pan that you used for this recipe? Did you have a similar problem at all when you added the liquid? Or did you add it in parts?

Jen Cheung August 23, 2010 at 6:59 PM

so much fresh veggies! i love veggies with meat together. Or meat with veggies. can never eat one alone. it just feels weird to me 🙂

have a good day!!

5 Star Foodie August 23, 2010 at 5:48 PM

The veggies from the farmers’ market are gorgeous and so is your paella, yum!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having August 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I’m drooling. I have to make this! Thanks for sharing!

Adelina August 23, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Never been there. I need to check it out! The veggies looks beautiful – it feel like they are grown for the riches too. lol

Your dish looks fantastic… like always!!!

Juliana August 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Anna, what a lovely rice dish…with this kind of dish…I can go without meat…looks so yummie, love the variety of the veggies in this dish…SO colorful as well.

She's Cookin' August 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

I really should take a day trip to the Hollywood Farmers Market – your photos are amazing! Don’t own a paella pan, but have lots of veggies and can fake it 🙂 Looks so gooood!

RavieNomNoms August 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Look at all those delicious vegetables! What great colors!

sweetlife August 23, 2010 at 7:02 AM

perfect paella and with so many great flavors and colors…yum


Mika August 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM

I love the fact that you use so much veggies in your recipes! You inspire me so much…this seems gorgeous…

Anna August 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Hi BB, the best time for the FM would be very early in the morning, the veggies are looking great. And it’s easy to park. I always park in the Le Cordon Bleu building (6370 W. Sunset Blvd). Have a great week. 🙂

Baking Barrister August 22, 2010 at 8:19 PM

This would be the perfect dinner for a Meatless Monday–you’ve got me thinking about this week’s Farmers Market.

Also, I’ve never been to the Hollywood FM. I usually frequent Santa Monica or those in the South Bay. Is there a good time of day to hit it up without too much parking hassle?

penny aka jeroxie August 22, 2010 at 8:10 PM

That is beautiful. All the colours and the flavours come together so well.

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