I’ve never actually tried real paella – the rice kind, let alone made my own. Whattt??? I know, it should be a crime or something. However after trying ‘fake’ paella e.g the cauliflower rice kind, I really don’t know how I went without. Although there’s no rice, I honestly don’t think you will be disappointed with this version. Its full of flavour and can be just as fancy pants as the original. My husband has tried the ‘real’ stuff and said that he actually prefers the cauliflower rice kind, because (in his words) “its lighter and you aren’t left feeling bloated and full up after a few bites, like you are with the rice kind”.
This recipe is based on Madeleine Shaw’s Seafood Cauliflower Paella from her book ‘Ready Steady Glow’. As with many of the recipes I come across, I had to tweak it in order to make it lower in carbs. The more times it has been cooked, the more I have played about with flavour.
Whole 30 Compliant
I have made this dish with a variety of seafood (fresh squid, mussels), with fancy pants Tiger prawns (with their heads still on), with chicken and king prawns, with chorizo and without. All have worked really well but I am giving you the recipe for the chicken and prawn version. In order to make it Whole 30 compliant you will need to either leave out the chorizo (which wont impact on taste – i’ll explain in a bit), or make sure that you use chorizo that is whole 30 compliant. If you leave out the chorizo I would suggest adding in extra seasoning – which is what I do. It’s entirely up to you what you add but if you want an example I would say add in some sweet paprika, extra garlic, chipotle flakes, chilli flakes and just a pinch of cumin.
Servings wise you’ll get 5 decent portions out of it (based on the measurements below). I haven’t yet tried freeing a portion, simply because I don’t like the way cauliflower rice freezes. It ends up being quite watery and you have to allow it to drain, then cook longer. If you were to freeze it, I would suggest baking it in the oven to reheat, as the longer cooking period should help cook out some of the moisture.
Total carbs 12.6g
Net carbs 8.9g