I have been searching for a good vegetarian paella recipe and I finally found one! This one is made with quinoa instead of the traditional rice, but I think it works quite well! I put in the whole sprig of fresh thyme to season the paella and took it out before serving. I found this easier than getting the leaves off of the thyme plant. I used drained canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones and it tasted great. What I learned about saffron is that the red saffron turns yellow as you mix it with the water. I found this in the spice section at a local grocery store.
As for the beef empanadas, these required a bit of time and effort but they were quite yummy! I added a decent amount of salt and some red pepper flakes to get the right flavor for the meat. Just keep adding salt until it tastes right, otherwise the meat might be a bit bland. I also replaced half of the flour with whole wheat flour to make for a heartier dough. They freeze quite well and make for a great snack in a hurry this way!