Monday, February 15, 2016

My Vegetarian Daughter Made Paella

She made it all by herself from scratch, and was very particular about it.  This paella is actually vegan since she didn't use dairy.  I provided her with a recipe from Joy of Cooking and she loosely followed it, omitting all animal products, of course.  The two of us giggled over part of the recipe, which read "add saffron to taste, up to two teaspoons if you are Spanish," -- what an odd thing to put in a recipe.  Saffron is a distinctive, but mild spice and I can't imagine having trouble with two teaspoons of it.

I really enjoyed watching my daughter's creativity in the kitchen.  I'm glad she's becoming mindful of different ways to get her nutrients as a vegetarian.  Macaroni and cheese is great, of course, but variety is the spice of life.

My daughter has been vegetarian for close to a year now, and it was completely her decision, though I'm sure my being vegan for four years may have rubbed off on her.  At least she's used to having tons of veggies in the house.  I'll be interested to see what she opts to eat in college next year.


  1. So colorful and yummy-looking! Love the mental image of you two in the kitchen together.
    Have a feeling that many college students now are vegetarian/vegan (at least far more than when we were in college) and she'll find support----and recipes. :) Love to you both!