Happy Valentine’s Day! What are your big plans to celebrate? I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Cupid’s Day and the hubbie and I will be spending a nice, cozy, relaxing night at home… cooking together! And drinking wine, of course :). (you know, the two reasons I need to keep running as much as I do!) Josh is in charge of coming up with a recipe, since it was his idea and well, honestly, I wanted a break from planning!
Nonetheless, I did make a great dinner this week that I can share with you today! I am a huge fan of Paella. I am not a huge fan of spending hours upon hours in the kitchen on a week night, however. So when I came across this Simple Paella recipe, I was all in right away! I do like the traditional paella with seafood and saffron, so I modified this recipe, which did require a bit more time to prep and prepare, but it was so worth it!
Lazy Man’s Paella
1 large chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 lb chorizo sausage
1/2 lb shrimp
2 fillets white fish (I used Sole)
1 lb mussels
2 tbsp olive oil
1 sweet onion, small diced
5 Roma Tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups uncooked brown rice
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of saffron
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
6 small sweet peppers, diced
fresh chopped cilantro for serving
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or pan. Once hot, add the chicken and sausage. Add shrimp and white fish to the pan after 4 -5 minutes (chicken and chorizo is about halfway cooked through) and cook until everything is cooked through. Remove from pan and place on a plate. Cover with tin foil and set aside.
Add the remaining olive oil to the pot. Turn down the heat a little bit and then add the onion and peppers. Saute until onion and peppers soften, then add garlic. Saute for 30 more seconds. Add paprika, red pepper flakes, oregano, and saffron. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and then add the rice.
Add the broth and bring mixture to a boil. Cover with a tight fitting lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for about 30 minutes until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid in the pot, adding the mussels when there is about 6-8 minutes left cooking time.
Add the chicken, sausage, shrimp, and white fish back into the pan. Stir well and cook for 5 more minutes, or until heated through.
Serve warm with chopped cilantro. A nice glass of red wine pairs nicely too :). Cheers!