Quinoa & Shrimp Paella

Quinoa & Shrimp Paella

This recipe comes from SkinnyMs.com

Ingredients

Makes 6 portions:

Total Cost: $52.86

Cost Per Portion: $8.81

Instructions

Follow the directions over at SkinnyMs.com

The Verdict

As regular readers already know, we’ve been following something resembling the paleo diet here at the Pineapple Kitchen. I’ve also been hitting the weights, which requires me to significantly increase my protein intake. And, after about a week of this, my bowels were thoughtful enough to remind me that fiber is, in fact, a critical part of a healthy, balanced diet.

There are plenty of paleo-approved fiber options, but interestingly enough, quinoa is not one of them. That said, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the health benefits of quinoa, and so, I decided to incorporate it into our meal plan.

The taste is dynamite. The quinoa is tender and flavorful, perhaps just a bit mushy. I find this far preferable to the crunchy, gritty quinoa I’ve had before. I was also able to score some local fresh jumbo shrimp, which are simply out of this world.

I paired it with some broccoli to get a green veggie in there. Actually, now that I think about it, the recipe includes a cup of peas, but that didn’t seem like enough veggies to me. I also tweaked the seasonings a bit, based on what I had available to me.

Nutritionally, this packs 27g of protein and 10g of fiber into a 340 calorie package, which is excellent. My only criticism is that this meal is a bit high in sugar (12g per serving).

Thoughts for next time:

  • Lose the sun dried tomatoes; they add sugar and not much else