Sunday, February 1, 2015


Serves 4-5
1 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup uncooked short-grain white rice (I used 1 and 1/4 cups rice)
1 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth
a pinch of saffron threads
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
28 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
6 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 and 1/2 cups frozen green peas
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. finely minced lemon zest
chopped black olives and/or feta cheese for garnish (optional)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, eggplant and bell pepper and cook 3 minutes longer. Stir in the rice, 1 cup of broth and teh saffron, paprika, bay leaf, oregano, red pepper flakes and diced tomatoes with juice.

Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas, artichoke hearts, and peas. If the mixture seems dry, add the remaining 1/2 cup of broth (or more).  Stir in the parsley and lemon zest and cook until the rice and veg are tender, about 10 more minutes. Remove and discard teh bay leaf. Taste and adjust seasonings, serve hot, sprinkled with olives and feta if you'd like to add them.

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