One-Skillet Healthy Paella

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Here’s a quick and easy take on a comfort meal favorite, paella. This version is perfect for a post-workout meal, family dinner or your weekly meal prep. Regardless of when you eat it, just make sure that it’s on your menu! Your taste buds and muscles will thank you. Boom.

Ingredients for 6 servings (or more):

1.5lb chicken breasts
1/2lb jumbo shrimp (raw, peeled and deveined)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 cups cooked short grain brown rice or Arborio rice
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 red onion (sliced)
2 Roma tomatoes (diced)
2 1/2 cups frozen peas
Juice from 1 lemon

Seasonings:

1 tablespoon garlic paste (or minced garlic)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
Sea salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Garnish:

Fresh parsley

Steps:

1. Cook rice according to the instructions given and set aside. To save time and space in the kitchen, I use a rice cooker to prepare the rice.

2. Chop raw chicken breasts into small pieces. Then, chop the shrimp into small pieces.

3. Set a (cast-iron) skillet on medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Once it has melted, add red onion and garlic paste. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook until the edges of the red onion have browned.

4. Toss in raw, chopped chicken breasts and cook until the chicken is about 75% cooked. Do not be alarmed if some parts of the chicken are still pink.

5. Toss in raw shrimp and stir with wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the shrimp is about 75% cooked.

6. Add paprika and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Stir.

7. Then, add cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Stir and reduce heat to medium.

8. Pour in chicken broth and then add saffron. Allow the contents to simmer and gently stir. Allow it cook for about 3 minutes. If you would like, add fresh lemon juice.

9. Lastly, add frozen peas and stir. Allow the paella to simmer for about 5 minutes, then garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Approximate macros for 1 of 6 servings:

401 calories, 41g protein, 41g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 5g fiber, 5g sugar

About the Author

photo 1 (1)Kevin is a fitness enthusiast out of Dallas, TX. When he saw himself in his friend’s Facebook photo he knew it was time to make a change. He was overweight, felt sluggish and had steadily rising blood pressure. So, he did what many people try to do – he started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet. He quickly learned through periods of weight cycling that if he was going to accomplish his fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.

He started studying nutrition and got started cooking! In 2012 Kevin started a small blog to share his meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas.

The blog was called Fit Men Cook and it had a simple message and belief system – “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”

Kevin firmly believes that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty!

Fit (Wo)Men Cook is the “fit” story of all of us. It is taking your individual success stories and things (in nutrition & fitness) that have worked for you, and sharing those ideas with the masses so we can all grow, improve together. Just everyday people – no matter the fitness level or athletic ability – aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating. Are you a Fit (Wo)Men Cook?

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