As part of the Mediterranean diet, paella is a traditional Spanish dish and the ultimate comfort food. It is composed of rice, seafood, garlic, vegetables, meats, seafood, spices, and olive oil, and each mouthful is an explosion of rich, savory flavors. There are ways to make the meal healthier by skipping the oil, not frying it, and a few other tweaks that are outlined below.
How to Make Paella Healthier
1. Omit the Sausage or Chorizo
Paella contains several different types of meat and seafood. You can still create the great taste of the dish without including all the meats. Pork sausage and chorizo has a high-fat and sodium content, so leave it out of the recipe if you’re worried about the extra calories or sodium. If you prefer, substitute lower calorie turkey sausage, chicken or go vegetarian.
2. Substitute rice with Quinoa
One cup of cooked quinoa not only has about 40 less calories than the same amount of white rice, but the real benefit is in the carbohydrates. White rice has almost 15 times more grams of carbohydrates, when you opt for super grain quinoa you will get 5 more grams of fiber and double the protein
3. Avoid Butter & Oil
While butter and olive oil import deep flavors and keep the ingredients from sticking to the pan, it’s not essential to include it. Opt for a small drizzle of oil or a spray oil to coat the pan.
Try #BarloventoNYC Healthy Quinoa Vegetarian / Vegan Paella made with Bell peppers, asparagus, carrots, zucchini, onions, beans sprout, romaine, green pigeon peas, cauliflowers.
Making paella at home is a real treat that will be sure to impress your friends and family. If you’re not in the mood to cook, stop by Barlovento in Manhattan, NY, to taste their delectable seafood paella. Their experienced chef Frank is dedicated to creating delicious and clean recipes for locals in the Murray Hill, Kips Bay, and Gramercy neighborhoods. Call (917) 265-8865 to learn about their catering, delivery, and take-out options. Visit the Latin restaurant online to view their impressive menu.