I love paella. It brings back memories of sipping Sangria and eating paella and tapas. Lovely!
This Easy Paella Recipe is not for an authentic Spanish seafood paella. This recipe has a twist. It features freekeh rather than rice, for an easy and healthy version on fresh seafood paella. It also features flavors inspired by Latin American food for a fusion of new world and old world flavors!
I have been curious about how to cook and eat freekeh. Though my involvement in the Sweat Pink Ambassador program and Fit Approach, I had the opportunity to try freekeh for the first time. Freekeh Foods sent samples of freekeh to taste and review.
By the way, freekeh is an ancient, whole-grain superfood. It is produced from roasted green wheat. It does contain gluten, so would not be suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
Easy Chicken & Seafood Freekeh Paella Recipe:
I’ve been obsessed with ceviche lately. I decided to make a paella with a slight Latin American fusion. The seasonings are ceviche inspired and I used a chipotle seasoned chicken sausage for a bit of spice.
It is loosely inspired by more traditional paella I made in the past, my interest in ceviche, and by this recipe from Freekeh Foods: Freekeh Foods Paella Recipe. The lovely thing about paella is you can be creative. If you don’t eat chicken (or sausage) leave it out! If you prefer different seafood (or tofu, or whatever) — follow your bliss!
About Freekeh & Freekeh Foods:
What is Freekeh?
According to Freekeh Foods:
“So glad you asked! Freekeh is a process which means “to rub” in Arabic. Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set ablaze. Most folks would sulk over their misfortune, but the crafty villagers rubbed off the chaff, cooked it up and “Eureka!” Freekeh was created. We’re proud to offer you this tasty, nutritious ancient grain with a funny name.”
(Source Freekeh Foods publicity materials)
A Little About Our Sponsor, Freekeh Foods:
Freekeh Food’s offers USDA certified organic, non-GMO freekeh. The organic Freekeh I received was grown in the USA according to the product label! Freekeh Foods is a small company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While I participate in the global economy, I am especially impressed with quality products that are made in America!
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