Healthy Shrimp & Quinoa Paella

Made with more veggies and healthy substitutes to traditional paella recipes, this dish is something that your tastebuds and tummy will appreciate!


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  • 1 lb uncooked shrimp
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-large sized zucchini, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Generous pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in onions and garlic, and sauté until just tender, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in bell pepper strips and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add in quinoa, chicken broth, saffron (make sure to rub saffron threads together with fingertips to release the flavor when adding in), bay leaf, paprika, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, salt & pepper. Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low), and continue to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Add in shrimp, peas, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes. Cover and cook until shrimp is no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper as desired

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Calories: 275

Fat: 5g

Protein: 24g

Entire recipe makes 6 servings

Serving size is approx 1 1/2 cups
Each serving = 7 Points +

PER SERVING: 275 calories; 5g fat; 34.5g carbohydrates; 24g protein; 5g fiber