Low-calorie cooking spray
300g skinless and boneless chicken thighs, visible fat removed, cut into chunks
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Pinch of saffron
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
300g dried paella rice
400g can chopped tomatoes
700ml fish or chicken stock
1kg fresh cleaned mussels
200g green beans, halved
3 peppers (red, yellow and green), deseeded and sliced
12 large raw shell-on prawns
150g frozen peas
200g asparagus tips
Lime or lemon wedges, to serve
1 Spray a large, lidded, non-stick frying or paella pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side until browned all over. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, saffron and paprika and cook for 30 seconds. Add the rice and cook for a further minute.
2 Stir in the tomatoes and stock and return the chicken to the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 150ml water to the boil in a large, lidded pan. Add the mussels, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until all the mussels are open (see Cook’s note, below). Drain, then once cool enough to handle, pick most of the mussels from their shells, leaving a few in their shells.
3 Stir the beans and peppers into the rice, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the prawns, peas and asparagus and cook for a final 5-8 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through and the rice is tender. Season, then stir through the shelled mussels, popping the mussels in their shells on top. Serve with lime or lemon wedges.
Before cooking fresh mussels, tap any open shells on a hard surface – if they don’t close, discard them. After cooking, all shells should be open, so discard any still closed. Or swap the prawns and mussels for 400g cooked seafood mix, and add in step 3 and cook until piping hot.
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There is a huge list of Free Food to choose from, which doesn’t need to be weighed, calorie counted or measured.
You can also snack on these to satisfy your hunger in between meals.
In addition, you are encouraged to eat measured quantities of certain foods, known as ‘Healthy Extras’ that provide nutrients essential for a healthy, balanced diet.
These include milk and cheese (for calcium) and cereals and wholemeal bread (for fibre and minerals).
And so you never feel deprived you can enjoy limited amounts of treats which are higher-calorie, less filling foods that include chocolate, crisps and alcohol.
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