Low-Calorie Paella Recipe

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Bite it! HG's Yippee Paella
HG's Yippee Paella

Putting the YAY in Paella

We were SO excited to make over this famous dish. Our Yippee Paella is the kind of recipe you can serve at a dinner party without ANYONE suspecting it's low in fat and calories. No party in the near future? Just make it for yourself and a pal. (Leftovers rock!)

8 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper, divided
2 cups sliced onions
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1 cup uncooked brown rice
3/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
2 bay leaves
8 oz. raw shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
6 oz. raw scallops, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 oz. raw tilapia (or other flaky white fish), cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Optional: lemon wedges, additional salt and black pepper

Spray a large pot (with a lid) with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat on the stove. Add chicken and season with 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Stirring occasionally, cook for 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a bowl and set aside.

Remove pot from heat, re-spray, and return to medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic. Stirring occasionally, cook until softened, about 6 minutes.

Add mushrooms, tomatoes, turmeric, paprika, thyme, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper to the pot. Cook until mushrooms have softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add rice and mix well. Add broth, peas, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 35 - 40 minutes, until rice is fully cooked.

Add all of the seafood, the cooked chicken, and the parsley. Stirring often, cook for 5 minutes, or until seafood is fully cooked.

Add lemon juice and stir. Remove from heat and re-cover. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Remove bay leaves. Add remaining 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. If you like, garnish with lemon wedges and season to taste with additional salt and black pepper. Enjoy!


Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 319
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 440mg
Carbs: 39.5g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 7.5g
Protein: 33.5g

PointsPlus® value 8*

Fight it! Paella, Average
Paella, Average

The Rice Is WRONG!

Every now and then, one look at the dinner table is all it takes to know it's party time. There are a few dishes out there that just scream, "This is a special occasion!" Paella is one of those dishes, with its mélange of colors and ingredients. But the big problem? Despite all the veggies and seafood in the mix, it's still a super-heavy rice dish, frequently full of oil along with several fatty meats -- sometimes it's sausage, sometimes pork, sometimes chicken thighs... sometimes it's all of the above! "But... what about the party?" Never fear; the festivities are ON with our paella. It's got loads of flavor and even plenty of rice. Tons of veggies and lots of lean protein bring balance with very little fat. Crank up the music and sing with us... That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh! (What? Nothing says "party" like KC and the Sunshine Band... other than paella!)

Serving Size: 1 portion (about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 710
Fat: 26g
Sodium: 1,380mg
Carbs: 80g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 38g

PointsPlus® value 19*

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Hey, it's National Shrimp Day... May 10th! If today's paella recipe isn't enough of a celebration, try our Te Quiero Tequila Shrimp. And click here to learn more about the li'l crustaceans!

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