Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quick and Easy Paella

This recipe is from my sister-in-law.  I can't really take any credit for it.  Her mom used to make something similar when she was growing up.  Paella isn't typically kid-friendly fare.  But this simpler quick version is a little more kid-friendly.

I usually make this with one package of the frozen seafood blend (shrimp, scallops and calamari) at Trader Joe's.  It is such a good deal!  One of my kids in particular doesn't like the calamari in the mix but loves shrimp.  Next time I make it, I may make it with just shrimp to make for a happier meal time.  ;)

For the rice, I like Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice.  According to several sources it is gluten-free.  But if you are particularly sensitive, please verify.

Quick and Easy Paella

1 package yellow saffron rice
1 lb seafood mix (thawed if previously frozen)
1/2 T olive oil
1/2 T butter
salt and pepper, to taste
frozen peas

Thaw the seafood prior to beginning, if previously frozen.  Cook rice according to package directions.  Also, cook peas according to package directions.  Be careful to not overcook or they will be mushy.  While rice is cooking, heat oil and butter in a skillet.  Add seafood and saute until cooked through, season with salt and pepper.  Sometimes excess moisture will cook out of the seafood from being frozen, spoon out while cooking so the seafood maintains a nice texture.  To serve spoon rice onto a plate, top with seafood and sprinkle with peas.

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