Easy, Healthy Paella and Revisiting the Past to Move Forward!

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. First off, happy Belated Mothers Day and thank you for reading and commenting on my husband’s Blog post-he is still rubbing it in that he got more comments than I usually do…

Maybe it was that Mother’s Day just passed and I have been thinking about my Mom, the fact that my birthday is approaching, the fact that I saw “17 Again” with Zach Efron who is quite hot and know he would never go for my Cougar ass-self, or the fact that Farah Fawcett, our childhood icon, is dying of cancer, but I am really thinking quite a bit about my past lately and my mortality.

I know this sounds like a depressing blog post but the good news is that if we check in every once in a while and assess what we have and have not experienced or accomplished in our lives up to this point, what we find or don’t find may serve as an incentive to do more (or less).

Among the many changes in my life I’d like to see, is getting over my driving on the highway anxieties and not be on my lap top when my kids are around. What do you need to do?

If one of our goals is to cook more, let’s start small and healthy with this fairly simple Paella recipe which brings me back to Seville, Spain where I lived so long ago. It involves a bit of planning ahead but barely. You can do it-I swear! Try to be acutely aware of what is stopping you from making this and you just may be able to identify your blocks in the road to then be able to move past them.

Life is short so let’s get a move on!

Healthy Paella:

2 cups cooked brown rice
1 diced chicken sausage, pre cooked
1 lb mixed seafood, already boiled (can get 1 lb bags at Trader Joe’s)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cleaned, chopped cilantro
pinch of saffron put in a bowl with one TBS water and let soak 15 minutes (can get saffron threads at Trader Joe’s , Whole Foods and many other supermarkets
1 TBS olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat up a large skillet with the olive oil over low-medium heat. When oil is hot, add garlic, stir for a minute and then add cilantro. Stir for a minute or two, add rice, stir a few minutes and then add sausage and seafood. Stir in the liquidy saffron mixture, salt and pepper to taste and then serve. Delicioso (say it in Dora the Explorer’s voice)…

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3 Responses

  1. This post brings up my seafood issues that have plagued me since moving to Montclair–where do you get good seafood that is not destroying the planet? Those Trader Joe’s bags are farm raised AND flown in from Southeast Asia. The stuff at Whole Foods is terrible unless farm raised and I know they tell you the farm raised is ok but is not. Is there anywhere in the area to buy line caught seafood from this hemisphere? Do any of your readers have the skinny on some awesome fish market or does my husband have to start bringing it home from the city on the train? 🙂

  2. Wow! OK, I’ll take up the nostalgia challenge. I’ve been cooking Spanish tortilla for all the spring events (birthdays, mother’s day). My family’s probably ready to try something new. I just happen to have the exact same leftover ingredients in our fridge (except for the chicken sausage and seafood), so I’ll get on it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I wish I could say that everything I buy is organic or wild (in the case of fish), but I can neither afford nor find many of these items locally. Suffice it to say that we all do the best that we can-it’s a tough world out there but if the majority of our food is healthy, fresh and local, we’re making an impact…I only know of Whole Foods for a lot of wild fish locally-anyone else?

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