Friday, 10 February 2012

Feed my Family Friday

I think this is amazing and I knew I wanted to take part. So, here it is: the tasty low-fat paella all the family could enjoy. 

Ingredients are easy to come by
Very low fat
Lovely cold too

Takes around an hour in total
Saffron can be expensive (although it isn't essential)

You'll need:

You'll need:

  • Fry light one cal spray or similar (this is just to keep the fat content low
  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 300g dried paella rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 large pinch saffron threads (not essential but yummy)
  • Handful fresh flat leaf parsley (dried will do but not as tasty)
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 deseeded and chopped red peppers (again, others would do)
  • 2 carrots chopped into small cubes
  • 2 roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 100g frozen peas
To cook:
  • Prepare by chopping all your veg 
  • Spray your paella/ high-sided frying pan with lots of Fry Light and pop in the onions, gently cooking on a medium heat for about 5 mins 
  • Add garlic, peppers, tomatoes and carrots, cooking for another 5 mins
  • Stir in the rice and add the bay leaf, paprika, saffron and stock. Bring to a simmer then cook for 12-15 mins 

  • Cover (I used a large metal baking tray as this pan didn't have a lid) and cook for another 12-15 mins on a low heat. The veg should be cooked and all the liquid absorbed without being dry
  • Add frozen peas and allow another 5 mins cooking time (covered)

  • Remove from heat but keep the cover on for 10 mins
  • Remove the bay leaf, add the parsley and you're done
There are quite large gaps in the cooking time so I made a soup while I was in the kitchen (it was vile so I won't be sharing). This is a handy dish as even though it takes around an hour, you can get on with other jobs and still tastes wonderful cold which is great for lunch the next day.

Enjoy! x


  1. Perfect! We'll be trying that out next week --my husband is the cook in our family, & he has been looking for a paella recipe that would fit in our new healthy eating plan!

  2. Thanks guys! I'm trying something new nearly every night at the moment but there are very few I would blog about: it's tricky finding something that's simple, reasonably low fat and tasty. Would love to hear about any of your new discoveries. x

  3. mmm looks delicious!!! I have to try that =)