Satisfying and Healthy Spanish Paella!!

      Spanish Paella

healthy and nutritious spanish paellaPaella can be made in so many different ways  and with a variety of meats as well as vegetables!! My healthy version always uses vegetables, they round out the nutrition in the traditional dish that does not include them. Remember to always use either arborio rice or an authentic Spanish rice, goya, bomba or carnaroli and always use saffron!!

I like to serve a plate of crisp romaine lettuce leaves with the Paella and or a crisp cucumber salad!!

1 lb Chorizo or Italian sausage links(cut into chunks)

1 lb scallops

1 lb raw shrimp(deveined and peeled)

1 pkg chicken thighs or

2 cups precooked chicken(cut into chunks)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 head garlic(peeled and coarsely chopped)

1 large sweet onion(chopped)

1 large red bell pepper(chopped)

2 cups green beans or peas(or both)

2 cups arborio rice

4 cups of chicken broth

a good pinch of saffron threads

smoked sweet paprika to taste

freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

1 pkg of grape tomatoes

Start with a large paella pan or large fry pan

Heat oil in pan at medium high

add garlic onion and pepper

sauté until onions and garlic are brown

add sausage and chicken thighs (if using) and brown

add rice and stir until pearly white, about 2 minutes

add one cup of broth

add all the spices

lower to a medium simmer

stir occasionally until liquid is absorbed

add another cup of broth and allow liquid to absorb

At this point do not stir aggressively as you will want the

the bottom of the pan to caramelize into a crust which is called the socarrat.

add the third cup of broth , scallops and shrimp

allow liquid to absorb

then add the last cup of broth, green beans and peas

add the chunks of precooked chicken(if using)

stir slightly

after the liquid is almost absorbed, scatter the grape tomatoes atop the paella

cover and remove from heat

let the paella rest for about 10 minutes

serve with a crisp cucumber salad and a good spanish wine.

You can’t help but Enjoy this fabulous dish!!