Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Carb-free Paella

Last weekend, my fiance and I tried a different supermarket for fun. We usually go to "regular" market like Stater Brothers, Albertson's or Vons (Safeway chain). On occassion we drive down to the "city" and shop at the Asian Market and stock up on stuff that the regular supermarket don't have. It is always a fun experience shopping at different places because you get to see different fruits or vegetables, which I always get a kick out of.

Anyway, we went to Vallarta, which a spanish-mexican-south american-latin supermarket. Super fun. They have all sorts of interesting produce. I love the fact that they have a cremeria section (dairy), they had really authentic sausages, meats, bakery (fresh tortilla and breads), seafood.

It was an enjoyable shopping experience. I love this dish because it incorporates most of the ingredients of a seafood paella with the addition of Salvadorian sausage without the rice that usually come with a Paella. Perfect on those carb-free days.

Carb-free Paella
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 large poblano pepper cut in strips
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of red onion chopped
  • 1 cup of cilantro chopped
  • 10 Salvadorian sausage links
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp (deveined)
  • 1 lbs of venus clams (scrubbed and cleaned)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of pinot noir ( I used Gallo - which is a $5 wine)
  • On medium heat, sautee onion and garlic in oil, till onion is transparent.
  • Add in the tomatoes and poblano pepper. Cook till the tomatoes are semi soft


  • Add in the Salvadorian links and sprinkle a bit of cilantro
  • Add in water and pinot. Cover and let it cook for 6-7 minutes till the sausage are cooked
  • Add in the clams and cover for 3 minutes
  • Add in the shrimp
  • Take off the heat and cover
  • Cook for addition 4 minutes, till the clams open up
  • Sprinkle more cilantro on top and serve.

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