Speedy Shrimp & Sausage Paella

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This rendition of the classic Spanish dish achieves delicious, complex flavors with minimal effort.

Difficulty: Medium - experience needed
Serves: 6

Preparation time:
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Ingredients

1 medium onion
8 oz (250 g) smoked Polish sausage
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth (about 2 cups/500 mL)
1 cup (250 mL) uncooked long grain white rice
1 tbsp (15 mL) Creole Rub
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp (2 mL) turmeric
1 lb (450 g) medium uncooked shrimp (41-50 per pound), peeled and deveined, tails removed
1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes with green chiles (1 3/4 cups/425 mL), drained
1 pkg (9 oz) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (1 1/2 cups/375 mL)
1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas, thawed
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Method

1. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Cut sausage crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick (6-mm) slices. Combine onion, sausage and oil in Deep Covered Baker. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add broth, rice, rub, garlic pressed with Garlic Press and turmeric to baker; mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 16-20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring every 5 minutes.

2. Carefully remove baker from microwave using Oven Mitts. Add shrimp, tomatoes, artichokes and peas to baker; mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 3-5 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrients per serving:
Calories 380, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 140 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Protein 25 g, Sodium 850 mg, Fiber 4 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:
1 1/2 starch, 2 1/2 vegetable, 2 high-fat meat (1 1/2 carb)

Cook's Tips:
Do not overcook shrimp, as they will continue to cook during standing time.

Turmeric is a yellow spice that's a key ingredient in curry powder and mustard. It's a suitable substitute for saffron, which is commonly used in paella but extremely expensive.

If desired, 2 cups (500 mL) diced cooked chicken can be substituted for the shrimp.

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