Party Paella

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Our heart-healthy and well-balanced paella sacrifices none of the flavor. We’ve used sausage, chicken and shrimp, but in moderation. Coriander and turmeric contribute beautiful color and flavor for an impressive but simple dish that looks like you spent hours preparing. Toss a salad, and ring the dinner bell. Serves 6.

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 6 ounces low sodium turkey or chicken sausage, cubed
  • ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, moist
  • 1½ cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon each coriander and turmeric
  • 12 ounces small frozen shrimp, thawed and peeled

Recipe Directions

  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat olive oil. Sauté onion, sausage, chicken breast, and red pepper until sausage is cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked rice, peas, lemon juice, garlic, coriander, and turmeric.
  3. Add rice mixture to the skillet and stir until combined. Place shrimp on top, reduce heat to low, and simmer until shrimp are pink, about 3 minutes. If rice mixture is drying out, add a few tablespoons of water to keep it moist.
Per serving: 347 calories, 33 gm protein, 34 carbs, 8 fat, 3 mono, 2 poly, 133 mg cholesterol, 5 gm fiber, 504 sodium
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THE SEASONED COOK This is a great recipe for festive occasions. It's fast and easy but looks like you took a long time in the kitchen. Shrimp is high in protein and low in calories and fat. Read the label carefully for fat content in sausage.

2 thoughts on “Party Paella
  • Tanya says:

    The photo is not an accurate representation of this recipe. The rice in the photo is white rice. If you make this recipe, it will not look like this. Turkey or chicken sausage should have 3 grams of sat fat or less per serving.

    • Susan says:

      Hi Tanya,
      I can guarantee that the photo is indeed of the dish, because it was prepared in my kitchen. One of the issues in food photography is that it often makes brown rice look like white rice and then turmeric turns everything yellow! We rechecked our analysis of the party paella, which was approved by hospital dietitians in 2009. Upon another look, we found that the paella was even healthier than originally analyzed, with overall calories,fat,sodium,cholesterol and protein actually being less.This dish represents one of my philosophies — don’t give up the foods you love, just make better choices. The portion sizes of the low-sodium sausage, chicken breasts and shrimp are small and shrimp has less than 1g of saturated fat in the entire recipe. The sausage also comes in at just 1 gram per serving. Lastly, this recipe is for six portions. Hope this helps. We continue to receive great feedback on this version of paella, and I appreciate your question.

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