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Seaweed Paella

Rose Glover Nutrition
  • Serves: 8
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 60
  • Ready: 70

One of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth, the seaweed is an integral part of this delicious fish-free paella.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • 400 g paella rice
  • vegetable stock (for quantity see directions)
  • 1 small chilli, chopped finely
  • 3 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 packet sea spaghetti or other seaweed of your choice (50 g), rinsed
  • 250 g mushrooms, chopped into bite-size chunks
  • 200 g mange tout, ends taken off
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 courgette, cubed
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • a really good pinch of salt (½ teaspoon – 1 teaspoon, depending on taste)


Place the seaweed in a saucepan with water (over 1200 ml) and boil for 10 minutes until soft. Allow to cool and chop into bite-size strips. Do not discard the water.

Heat the oil with the chopped onion and the paprika in a large skillet on low-medium heat for 8-10 minutes until soft. Add garlic and chilli and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the purée and all the chopped vegetables, except for the peas and seaweed, and fry for a further 4-5 minutes, stirring continuously.

To make the stock, mix 2-3 pinches of saffron with vegetable stock and the water from boiling the seaweed.

Add 1200 ml stock to the dish – don’t cover the dish with a lid but bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Mix in the chopped seaweed, peas, and chickpeas and cook covered for another 10-15 minutes, or until water has evaporated and rice is cooked. Mix in the chopped parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.

Additonal notes

Rose is a nutritional therapist who is passionate about showing people how to overcome their health concerns through specialised nutrition. She believes that “the right foods can make you feel and look great, all day every day!”

Rose runs a popular vegan/vegetarian wellness course – find out more here. Visit her website to get her free ‘Snacking – Get It Right!’ e-guide, sign up to her newsletter or enquire about a nutritional consultation.

“A delicious vegan version of the old classic! Seaweed is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth.”

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