Seafood Couscous Paella

Seafood Couscous Paella

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006

Whole-wheat couscous soaks up this savory saffron-infused broth.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of crumbled saffron threads
  • 1 cup no-salt-added diced tomatoes, with juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 4 ounces bay scallops, tough muscle removed
  • 4 ounces small shrimp, (41-50 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup whole-wheat couscous


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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, fennel seed, salt, pepper and saffron; cook for 20 seconds.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to medium, stir in scallops and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes more. Stir in couscous. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes; fluff.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 403 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 10 g fiber; 60 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 30 mcg folate; 105 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 894 IU vitamin A; 26 mg vitamin C; 90 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 1,019 mg sodium; 289 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (43% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 12

April 02, 2018
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By: foodie777
This is sooooooo good. It is so relieving to find healthy food that not only tastes great but is also filling. I had some low fat/lowcalorie/low sodium roasted red pepper hummus with it and it was fantastic. Definitely recommend trying this with some hummus on the side :)
January 20, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Complex flavors! I made this without the couscous and it was plenty filling although I used somewhat more seafood than was called for. I'm a big fan of fennel so I loved this but my husband would have preferred less of it. Pros: If you have saffron, don't skip it, but would be good without Cons: NULL
June 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
The Best! I made for about 10 or more servings and loaded up with squid, scallops and shrimp. My family loved it. Pros: Easy no hassle Cons: none
December 03, 2011
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By: Chef Bear
I am dieting and it is hard to believe this is under 500 calories per serving - so it is a great treat to eat something so filling. My wife liked the dish as well and insists that I make it again soon. I certainly will. Pros: Tasty, Filling, Easy Cons: Saffron threads cost a small fortune
July 01, 2011
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By: nk.chiemelu
Paella without the work I really loved this dish. Not a fan of scallops so I used shrimp and chicken sausage. I also didn't have any fennel but it didn't matter. The saffron was so flavorful and it gave the couscous such a wonderful aroma. This one is definitely a keeper! Pros: Easy, versatile and flavorful
November 10, 2010
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By: m.pod
Would it be okay to use reduced-sodium chicken broth instead of vegetable? I'm not a very experienced cook, therefore I'd love an input!
October 05, 2010
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By: doreengm13
Super fast, easy and healthy recipe! We all loved it and I even gave it to my friends.
July 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Very filling and very easy! I made mine with fire roasted tomatoes and no fennel and it was delicious
May 15, 2010
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By: michaelzita
This meal was very easy to make! Very filling and delicious!!
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