Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Riceless

'Cause that's how I roll. Some of my pals call me a carb-o-phobe :) It's not true. I eat carbs. I just choose not to do rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes post weight loss surgery. My four monkeys. I eat oatmeal, spelt, my wheat tortillas, beans, veggies, fruit. Lots of good complex carbs in moderation. If you are confused about good carbs versus not so good carbs check out this neat site.

Here's my super quick, riceless version of paella (pronounced pa-AY-ya) the traditional dish of Spain. In place of the useless white rice carbs I used the beautiful baby zucchini and squashes I picked up at the Farmer's Market. Lots more nutrients and flavor. You will not miss the rice I promise.


Shelly's Riceless Paella

1 Large Yellow Onion, sliced
4 Green Onions, diced
3 cups Zucchini & Summer Squash, diced
1 teaspoon Garlic, chopped (or more I heart my Garlic)
1 Breakfast Sausage Patty, chopped (leftovers from breakfast are great for this)
4 Naked Chicken Nuggets (you can use a handful of those precooked frozen chicken fajita strips)
4-5 Raw Shrimp, chopped
1 (6 oz. can) Whole Clams, rinsed & drained
1 (2 oz. jar) Pimentos, drained
1/2 cup Frozen Peas, defrosted
1 cup canned Chopped Tomatoes
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a pinch of Saffron Strands (find in spice aisle, don't skip it's the key)
Olive Oil for sauteing

Saute onions till golden. Add zucchini and saute till just beginning to get tender and golden. Add garlic, sausage, chicken and cook for 3 minutes. If you are using the Naked Nuggets sliced them into strips at this point.

Add shrimp, clams and all remaining ingredients. Cook till shrimp is pink and everything is warmed through about 8 minutes.

5 comments:

Kathy and Judy said...

Yep, you can add me to the carb-o-phobe train too! ;-p Mainly because I hate to dump, but also due to that "monkey factor..."

I like the idea of using summer squash instead of rice; up till now I had only heard of cauliflower as "rice" and while I like it, it tastes like, well, cabbage. Summer squash, on the other hand tastes like nothing until you jazz it up.

Thanks for all your good ideas!
Judy

Mike said...

Just learned my cholesterol is 300. I am a walking heart attack. I am going to try your "Riceless" dish tomorrow. Sounds like good and healthy eating. I do enjoy your site, and look forward to learning more and more about cooking and eating healthy. You should be on the "Food Network" you would really be a hit!

Fooseberry said...

I was going to email you and ask about that kind of stuff you eat and don't but I figure millions of others ask all the time.
I have had the 17lb monkey on my back for over a year and I have started to cut these things out too and it seems to be working. I am down about 4 lbs so far in about 2 1/2 weeks. I have had a few ww wraps, brown rice and some torilla chips while out on a date but for the most part I am trying to just match my protein with a fruit or veggie. It seems to be working. I haven't checked my sugar in a few weeks and not felt the need to. Do you aim for a carb amount or just not eat those catagories of food?
I am going away for the weekend with some normal girls so I am making some egg bites and a shrimp tabbuleah salad to get me though.
Hope Cali is great-no I am sure it is.
Jennifer

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Jen, I miss you. You knw we're doing a thing in Feb in Vegas... would love if you & MM would come out. I'll post the details soon or hit me on Twitter or socalshell@aol.com

I do (most days) 50% protein, 25% complex carbs, 25% fats (full fat stuff)

I don't do rice, flour, pasta, potatoes (2x a year sweet potatoes)

Ehhh Cali is getting me down frankly... I can't take much more of these triple digit days... I'm a wimp or I need a job in free AC.

Love me some Boston. Will return one day soon. I love it so.

~Shell

Fooseberry said...

Now Vegas I can talk my husband into!!
Thanks for the info. So far-so good but I need to make it work for the long haul. I may be back for advice.
Thanks
Jennifer