Shrimp and Chorizo Paella

As I said in my last post, I am slightly obsessed with saffron right now. Which is great for my mouth, not so great for my wallet. Saffron is a spice found in the spice aisle of most markets, costs about $16 for a teaspoon, and I can't get enough of it. When I came across this new recipe from Rocco DiSpirito's new book, Now Eat This, I had to try it out. This book is full of recipes that are all under 350 calories. Comfort food favorites like mac 'n cheese, spaghetti carbonara, and chocolate chip cookies. The tricks that he teaches in the book to cut calories and fat are similar to what I try to do on this blog and the best part is he uses real, wholesome ingredients to do it. This paella does not deviate too far from the original and uses quite a bit of ingredients that you already have in your home. I used defrosted frozen shrimp, added a few extra ingredients, and settled into this super flavorful dish feeling great about the 350 calorie count.

Shrimp & Chorizo Paella
Adapted From: Now Eat This, Rocco DiSpirito 2010
serves 4

2 oz. chorizo, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1/4 in. thick half-moons (look for this near the Italian sausage and bratwurst in your market, you could also sub any sausage that you like)
1 onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves
splash of vinegar or dry white wine
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 cup long grain brown rice
1 3/4 cups low fat, low sodium chicken stock
optional: crushed red pepper to taste
1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
8 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup frozen peas
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for serving

1. Heat a dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. When the pot is hot, add the chorizo and cook until the fat begins to render, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and coat with the chorizo, cook until onions just begin to become translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute, stirring often, until it is fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add in the rice, stir and toast, coating with the ingredients for about 1 minute. Then add the saffron, stock, and red pepper if using. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat  and cook at a very gentle simmer for about 30 minutes.

2. Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juices. Cover the pot, and continue to cook for another 25 minutes.

3. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste, and stir the shrimp and frozen peas into the mixture. Cover, and continue cook until the shrimp are cooked through and the rice is tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Allow the paella to rest about 5 minutes, covered. Then fluff the rice with a fork, and serve sprinkled with the parsley.

Note: Taste the mixture as it may need more salt and pepper depending on the saltiness of your stock.


1 comment:

Betsy Thalheimer said...

Now I posted it in the right spot!!!

Thanks for the inspiration...I'm looking for a yummy dish to fix Chad this week! He'll just love this :)

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