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Vegan Buckwheat Paella Recipe

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

500 Calories Per Serving


2 Cups Buckwheat

2 Yellow peppers finely chopped

3 white onions finely chopped

3 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 TBSP fresh parsley chopped

Zest of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 lemons

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

2 TSP Smoke Paprika

2 TSPDired Oregano

2 Pinch of Salt

A pinch of saffron

1/2 Tsp White Pepper Ground

2 Pints Water


Fry the peppers, onion and garlic and fry in the oil on a medium heat for 4 minutes.

Add the paprika, oregano, saffron, salt, pepper, buckwheat and water.

Place a lid on and simmer and stir for 40 minutes.

Remove the lid and stir in the zest and juice of the lemons and parsley.

Serve with green vegetables.

My Chef Training

I found the academic side of school very hard. Suffering from dyslexia it became apparent that the vocational side of life was my calling. This is where my love of food took the next step.

At 15, I found my love for cooking. Immediately my confidence grew and I was finally good at something. Excelling my year group with my culinary skills, at 16 I enrolled at the most prestigious catering college in the country, Westminster.

This had to have been one of the most challenging, fun and eye-opening experiences I had in the real world. Commuting from Sevenoaks to London, Monday to Friday, at 16 was thrilling but tiring. Our days in the kitchen started at 9am and finished at 5pm each day. I would then go and work in a kitchen as a paid chef from 6pm-10pm.

Weekends were a no-go. I would then work from 6.30am to 10pm every other weekend and study on alternate weekends. Welcome to the real life of a chef. Or lack of.

During my time at Westminster, I had opportunities to work at the Dorchester Hotel, Hilton Park Lane, City Rhodes, Houses of Commons and Marco Pierre White’s, Belvedere.

This experience helped a team of 6 chefs win the country's biggest catering competition, Toque D’or.

Daniel Welstead Plant Based Vegan Personal Trainer in Sevenoaks

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