I know I just said the other day that I wasn’t going to put any meat on the blog, and here I am posting a recipe with chorizo.
Sound the alarm!
The thing is, once in a while… I eat meat.
And this is my blog. So when I make a recipe with meat in it that totally kicks ass, I’m going to want to post it on my blog.
So that’s what I’m doing.
It’s funny, really. This whole blog thing has been a really fascinating way to question my own motives and challenge myself to not only develop my voice, but accept it. Accept that what I have to say is what someone out there needs to hear. It’s not about saying what I think people want to hear. That’s been a really intricate, complicated lesson for me.
And so, since I ditched dietary labels and dove into intuitive eating, I’ve been eating meat once in a while… generally once or twice a week (though I reserve the right to eat it as many or as few times as I please). I tend to do my best to get the best sourced meat I can find – and then sometimes I’m out and about or I get lazy, or you know, life happens, and I eat some crap that I know isn’t totally nourishing my body… and maybe, just maybe, I let guilt slip in for a brief moment before I give it a big fat karate chop to the face and remember – I’m doing my best, and that’s that.
And I’m still awesome. And I’m still healthy.
And you can be too – even if you don’t subscribe to super rigid dietary protocols (that might just suck the life out of you and make you go a little craaaaazy). Note: I used to do that, and it made me craaaaazy.
Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that I just listen to my body and try to eat what makes me feel good. They want a word to describe my dietary choices, it’s just easier that way I guess. But I’m not giving in. You can’t fit me in a box! I’m just me, guys, seriously.
Acceptance, my friends. The word of the day.
Paella. The other word of the day.
If you are thinking vegan thoughts, or seafood thoughts (probably not both at the same time, but hey, what do I know?!) then mosey on over to The Food Matters Project site and check out the other super duper versions at this week’s Paella Party. It’s happenin’.
PARED-DOWN PAELLA WITH PEAS AND CHORIZO
adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook
1 tbsp coconut oil
8 oz Spanish chorizo or other smoked sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 heaping cup roasted red peppers, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup short-grain brown rice
salt and black pepper
2 heaping tbsp tomato paste
2 cups water
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
2 large handfuls of greens of choice (I used a mix of kale, chard, and spinach)
lemon wedges for serving
1. Put the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chorizo until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 3-5 minutes more. Add the roasted red pepper, garlic, and spices and cook 1-2 minutes.
2. Add the rice and stir to coat it with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add the tomato paste and 2 cups water, and stir. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, cover.
3. Cook for 30 minutes then check if it’s done. Add more water, little by little, if it’s not quite tender yet. Cover and cook until the rice is just done and the liquid is absorbed, another 5-10 minutes. Stir in the peas and the greens and cook uncovered for 1 minute more. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve, garnished with lemon wedges, which I totally forgot to do. Oh well, it still tasted amazing! Enjoy!
*Check out the original recipe on Meg’s blog here.