Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Shrimp and Sausage Paella

I should admit that this isn't exactly a paella recipe. I looked up a bunch of paella recipes online, and then made something that is similar, but faster to make and skips the pricey ingredients. That is why I say this isn't exactly paella - the only ingredients it consistently includes are rice and saffron. And I skipped the saffron. Feel free to put it in if you would like a more authentic flavor.

Shimp and Sausage Paella
Prep time: 25 minutes (depends most on how quickly your rice cooks) Servings: 2-4

1 cup rice, uncooked
water for rice
1/3 pound turkey sausage
2-3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups shrimp (I used pre-cooked salad shrimp)
1 medium onion
1 carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup peas
(other spices if you'd like)

- Start rice cooking.
- Chop all vegetables into bite-size pieces.
- Brown turkey in frying pan. Cooking spray or oil shouldn't be necessary. (If you are using raw shrimp, add during the last 2-5 minutes of cooking, depending on size.) Remove from pan when brown.
- Cook all vegetables (including peas) in pan (I didn't use any oil here, either) until they sweat a little, at most 5 minutes. Carrots should be easy to bite, but still very firm.
- Add rice, sausage and spices to vegetables. Mix. Add shrimp and mix just to warm shrimp through.

Nutrition info (based on 1/4 of recipe): Cal: 354 Fat: 3.1g Carbs: 52.2g Protein: 26g

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