Poor Man's Paella
1 onion sliced
3/4 cup carrots chopped
4 strands saffron
2 cloves garlic
1 cup long grain rice (I used brown basmati)
3 cups water/veggie broth
1 can of diced tomatoes (Muir Glen no salt added)
1.5 cups of organic frozen peas
cayenne and salt to taste
Saute onion in a little olive oil on medium high heat, after 3 minutes, add carrots. Chop, press, or mince garlic and in a mortar and pestle combine with saffron threads. Add to carrots and onions. Add the rice and for about 2 minutes before adding the liquid*, toss with veggies to toast the rice. Add the liquid and stir and reduce heat to medium. Stir every few minutes and after 30 minutes from when the liquid was added, add the rest of the veggies. Stir often for 10 more minutes and serve!
* You may need to add more liquid if the rice is looking dry or the veggies start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add liquid in half cup increments if needed.