Luckily, last night’s items went off very well. In addition to the scheduled “Wrap presents” and an early execution of today’s “Buy dog food,” I was very pleased with the first to-do I mapped out: “Make paella.”
This “easy” paella is as inauthentic as they come (fear of burning stopped me from allowing a crust to form), but delicious, nonetheless. Always looking out for the little man, Martha Stewart has made this recipe approachable and affordable by replacing the traditional saffron with a combination of paprika and turmeric (which is crazy good for you). The other spices still provide the crucial yellow coloring and spicy warmth, though without the exotic perfume (and price) of saffron.
A dish that may have been a little bland was elevated by spicy chicken sausage. This one ingredient flavors the whole dish with heat and extra salty goodness, so get good, tasty stuff. I substituted the shrimp for green beans to up the vegetable quotient of our meal and served the rice alongside a simple salad of lettuces tossed in lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.