One Bowl Tasty Dish

Paella Valencia –

– a tasty dish originating in Valencia.  Preparation takes 40 minutes from start to end.

Tools

Nothing fancy. If you love to cook you may already have a Paella pan (See Picture Below).  If not, a large ovenproof skillet will do.

Paella pan
Picture of Paella Pan

Ingredients for Paella

  • Chicken – clams – or beef (Your Choice)
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic – microplaned
  • Green beans
  • 1 cup of short grain white rice
  • 1 tbsp paella seasoning
  • 1 cup of fava beans
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup almonds – chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Illustrated Steps Below

Cut the vegetables before you simmer the onions and garlic.  Clean the green beans, cutting them in one-inch pieces.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees, hot enough to cook the paella.  Add rice to the simmering onions and garlic, stirring for approximately 3 minutes or until the rice is glossy and add 2 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of salt (or salt to taste).  Add the paella seasoning and let it simmer until the water is soaked up by the rice, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. (Time may vary if using gas or electric stove). 

As rice simmers, mix in fava beans, green beans and roasted red peppers. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.  Using a small non-stick pan, toast the almonds.  Constantly move the almonds around until you smell the aroma.  Let almonds cool and then roughly chop.  The rice should be ready, so take the vegetables and spread on top of rice. 

Next, place the pan into the oven for approximately 12 to 15 minutes. (Again depending on gas or electric oven).  Remember to use your oven gloves to avoid burning your hands.

When the rice is ready, remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped onions.  Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice from half of the lemon and spread evenly over rice.  The other half of the lemon will be used for garnish.  

This recipe serves two. I guarantee you will be full and satisfied.  Once Paella is dished into bowls, cut remaining half of lemon into slices and add to each bowl.  Enjoy!

Each serving is approximately 350 calories, 26 grams of fat, 87 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of protein.  (This excludes meat).  Add 300 more calories if you add meat.  If you are watching your weight, a piece of meat should be no bigger than your fist and usually adds another 300 calories.

Next recipe…Lemon Basil Shells.  

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