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Poor Girl's Paella

By: Sandi from Fearless Dining
Poor Girls Paella
Poor Girl's Paella
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This Poor Girl's Paella won't break the bank and won't break your back, so you can be sure that this cheap and easy dinner recipe will be an immediate favorite. Although it's often difficult to find a meal that is gluten free, easy to make, and inexpensive, this Spanish dish satisfies all of these requirements. Plus, it's a show-stopping meal that is insanely good. If you've never had paella before, then this is the recipe to try. You and your family will fall in love with this gluten free dinner, and you'll want to make this dish again and again.

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I must admit I don't make paella very often as it is expensive. I went straight to it when I saw 'poor girl...'. I really like paella and glad I found this recipe. It is something I never thought of making as its not something which is on the menu often. I must admit (note to Ruthep) that personally I don't think you actually need the saffron. Yes, it is fragrant and goes far and all of that but to be honest if it is not in a paella dish you don't really miss it, so I would leave that out. A little turmeric does the trick. It doesn't detract from the flavor. I do like calamari and I find that it has to be cooked right. Most people over cook it. Give it another try but make sure it is not cooked for longer than 3 minutes and the flavor and texture really is different. I eat a lot of seafood in South Africa.

It is nice to find a more frugal way to make this dish. I would probably see if I could find a different seafood blend because I do not like calamari. I have never used saffron before. It is expensive, even though you don't use much at a time so it ends up lasting a long time. But, I never knew if the cost was worth it. Does anyone know if it imparts a lot of flavor or is it more for presentation?


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