I’m not a big fan of boxed rice mixes because of the sodium and preservatives. But like most families I am always looking for shortcuts, but I try to find healthier versions which are lower in sodium and fat. But when I find a product that makes my life easier I will incorporate my own ingredients into the recipe to make a quicker healthier dish.
I found this McCormick Paella Rice Mix at our local Jungle Jim’s food market. It had been in my pantry since October. Jungle Jim’s is a Cincinnati specialty grocery and a regional favorite. If you are ever in the Cincinnati area it is must see for foodies.
I had taken cod loins out of the freezer earlier in the day and wasn’t sure how I was going to fix them. The kids love cod made into homemade fish nuggets. I need to post the recipe for cod nuggets but it is usually a last-minute dinner idea and not on my food blog agenda. So the rice mix in the pantry and voila, Paella.
Paella (Valencian: [paˈeʎa] or [pəˈeʎə], Spanish: [paˈeʎa], is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-nineteenth century near Albufera lagoon, a coastal lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish
The three best known types of paella are Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco), and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta), but there are many others as well. Valencian paella is believed to be the original recipe and consists of white rice, large white beans, flat green beans, tomato, meat (chicken and rabbit), salt, oil, water and seasoning such as saffron, rosemary and occasionally lemon. Optional ingredients include artichoke, pepper and chicken liver. Seafood paella replaces meats with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of land animals, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. All types of paellas use olive oil.
Courtsey of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paella
To make this a more substantial meal for my family of five, I added a bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready long and brown rice, 90 seconds in the microwave and it is ready to go. I also had mixed sausages in the freezer, so I added them. You can substitute any type of proteins in this dish, as it is very versatile, such as shrimp, chicken, white fish or sausages. If chorizo is to spicy for your taste, substitute Italian sausage.
One pot, 40 minute dish, start to finish. This dish would make a great Lenten meal just leave out the chorizo and add shrimp with the cod.
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