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Quick Paella with Shrimp & Mussels

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From EatingWell:  November/December 2009

Our quick take on paella is studded with mussels and shrimp. Traditional paella made with short-grain rice takes a while to cook and can be a bit tricky. Instant brown rice is a great shortcut—what it lacks in authenticity it more than makes up for in convenience. Make sure you seek out saffron, which gives the dish its distinctive yellow color and signature flavor. Serve with: Spinach salad.

4 servings | Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 3 minutes. Add rice, broth, thyme, salt, pepper and saffron and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in shrimp and peas. Place mussels on top of the rice in an even layer. Cover and continue cooking until the mussels have opened and the rice is tender, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat and let rest, covered, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition

371 Calories; 7 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 180 mg Cholesterol; 44 g Carbohydrates; 30 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 638 mg Sodium; 434 mg Potassium

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Nutrition Note: Vitamin C (56% daily value), Vitamin A (31% dv), Magnesium (27% dv), Zinc (21% dv).

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