Budget Paella

Made from the available ingredients from my kitchen, this Paella might have been concepted and executed without much primping but the best thing is IT WORKED!

Armed with my foodie friend Jeng’s gift of paprika pimenton, I salivated for Paella and created it with only what’s inside my pantry.
  • A pack of frozen seafood
  • Green peas
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chicken bits (leftover from last night’s dinner)
  • White long grain rice
  • 2 pcs Tomatoes
  • 2 pcs of leftover chorizo
  • Leftover hard boiled egg
  • Olive oil
I did it anyways. Sautéed the chorizo on olive oil. Placed them aside for later. Sautéed garlic and onion with seafood. Saved them for later. Cooked the tomato sauce and tomatoes in the same pan and oil. Added the chicken and rice, making sure rice was coated in oil. Added water (around 3 cup first for 2 cups rice). Allowed it to boil and then simmer while covered.
I added a generous sprinkling of sweet pimenton to the rice. Placed the seafood and chorizo back. Added some more pimenton for good measure. Tasted it. Added a bit of salt and pepper.
GREAT! No fear. Do what you can with what you’ve got! Take note, I do not own a paellera (yet!).
Here’s how…

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