Quinoa chorizo paella

I have been in Spain for the past 3 weeks. I have emerged myself in many of their culinary specialties especially paella. Today I made a different take of the famous paella dish, quinoa chorizo paella, using quinoa and chorizo.

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I love the fact that paella can be cooked in one pot and there is not much cleaning to do. While you can make paella with just seafood or chicken and other meats today I opted for just using chorizo to infuse the quinoa and other ingredients with its flavor.

There is not many times that we get to eat meat and chicken but while in Spain anything goes. I have bought chorizo in the USA before at many different grocery stores so I am sure you will be able to purchase it there. If you would like to keep this dish vegan and vegetarian you can use soy chorizo which is also readily available at grocery stores. I have gotten it at Trader Joe’s before.

I like to use quinoa for many of my recipes that calls for rice. I like to add variations and since quinoa is still gluten free and cooks pretty easily as well is a great substitution ingredient for me to use.

For this recipe I use Bob’s Red Mill whole grain quinoa. You can directly buy it from their website or at the grocery store. You can also use any of their line of quinoa instead of the white kind. Bob’s Red Mill has a large variety of flours, cereals, grains, seeds and many products that are also gluten free so make sure you check their products while on their site. They have anything you will need for your baking as well.

Paella is one of the most popular dishes in Spain. Depending on the area that you are in it is made with different ingredients.  All of them equally delicious  but this is my healthier different take on Paella. I hope you like it.

Enjoy!

Quinoa chorizo paella | Eat Good 4 Life

Quinoa chorizo paella | Eat Good 4 Life

Quinoa chorizo paella | Eat Good 4 Life

Quinoa chorizo paella | Eat Good 4 Life

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Quinoa chorizo paella

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 8 oz chorizo, chopped
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celtic salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • chopped parsley

Directions:

In a large non-stick paella pan or any other round pan of your choice, over medium to high heat, place the chopped chorizo and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the chorizo starts releasing the oil and the onion is starting to become translucent.

Add the chopped tomatoes and salt and cook further for 2 minutes. Add the quinoa and stir. Add 4 cups of hot water and stir. Let the water cook out. When the 4 cups have evaporated, add another cup of hot water and the peas. Let the water cook out. At this stage the quinoa should be cooked.

Turn the heat off and add the juice of 1 lemon and chopped parsley. Serve while still hot.

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15 comments

  1. These pancakes look fabulous. Love the fact that they are allergen free and I can EAT them! I’m definitely curious about that quinoa! Gotta try this! It looks just too delicious!

  2. Gorgeous photos! The stack of pancakes just made me really hungry! 

  3. This is the perfect recipe for my 10-pound quinoa bag that I just bought! haha I have so much! 
    The pancakes look amazing, though. LOVE the photos!

  4. I love the ingredients in this! Perfect way to start off the day! 

  5. These pancakes sound awesome and your pics are gorgeous!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous stack of pancakes!!  Totally the way to start the weekend!

  7. How many in a serving?

  8. Quinoa in pancakes? GENIUS!  These are sunday morning breakfast perfection!

  9. I’d love to have a stack of these gorgeous pancakes for breakfast in the morning, Miryam!

  10.  Can these pancakes be frozen? I like to freeze leftover pancakes then throw them in the toaster to warm them back up. I haven’t cooked much with quinoa so I’m not sure if it freezes well.

  11. I just love these pancakes. My girls do too. Thank you!

  12. Weirdly, these comments are not for the broccoli quinoa casserole (what I see on this page), but for pancakes.

    In any event, this was not a tasty recipe. The flavor combo clashed and was bland at the same time. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish my leftovers. :-(

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