Organic* Homemade MSC Paella – (£1.38/Portion)

Organic* Homemade MSC Paella – (£1.38/Portion)

I make organic meals all the time now that I follow an organic where possible lifestyle. I am excited to be sharing with you my own recipe for an easy to make, affordable Organic* Paella. Best part is they taste better than a Paella ready meal and cost less too!

I intend for this recipe to be as helpful as possible and to also provide a few helpful tips along the way. Right.. let’s get started peeps!


Key Facts:

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Source of: Protein, Carbohydrate, Omega-3
  • Diet Suitability: Dairy Free, Pescetarian

Ingredients (Cost £1.38 Per Portion):

  • 325g Organic Easy Cook Long Grain Rice – approx. 88p (£1.35 for 500g from Tesco, or Organic Brown Rice for £1.45 from Morrisons)
  • 1 Medium (around 100g) Organic Onion – approx. 13p (66p for 500g from Lidl, Aldi  sells 750g for 99p)
  • 15g (1 Tablespoon) Organic Sunflower Oil – approx. 4p (£2.75 for 1L from Tesco)
  • 1 Organic Pepper (Red/Orange/Yellow) – approx. 75p (£1.49 for 2 (Mixed) Peppers from Tesco)
  • 1L Cold Water 
  • 1 Whole 30g Sachet of Schwartz Paella Mix* – 50p (£2 for 4 Sachets when on offer at Tesco/Asda/Morrisons, 70p at Sainsbury’s, *This is not an Organic Product)
  • 250g of MSC (Certified Sustainable Seafood) Raw Prawns (defrosted) –  £2.53 (£3.29 for 325g from Aldi). For fish low in Mercury check out this post
  • 75g Organic Peas – approx. 32p (£1.59 for 500g from Waitrose)
  • 75g Organic Sweetcorn – approx. 35p (£1.75 for 500g from Waitrose)

*Ingredients are Organic where possible. The Schwartz Paella Mix is not Organic. In an attempt to be completely Organic, you could omit the Paella mix and make your own using organic ingredients. I am yet to find a fish pie mix that is organic. I do plan on making my own mix at some point in the future; and when I do, I will share this with you.

Equipment:

  • Weighing scales (that can measure in grams)
  • 2 Pans, including 1 saucepan and 1 other pan for the initial cooking of the rice
  • Tablespoon
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Stirrer (Large Wooden / Metal Spoon)
  • Jug
  • (A Craving for Homemade Paella)

Method:

  1. If required, defrost the prawns you intend to use the night before to ensure they will be ready to use the next day.
  2. Get all of the ingredients out on the counter.
  3. Measure approx. 325g of Organic Easy Cook Rice. Put this into a pan and cover with water. Put the pan on the highest heat setting. Stir a few times. Tip: We are warming up the rice to remove the starch and any impurities from the rice (it looks cloudy in the water). We don’t have to remove all of it, but the aim is to get most of the starch out of the rice. 
  4. Chop up the onion on a chopping board, using a sharp knife. Bin the unwanted parts of the onion. Tip: For the best results cut into fine pieces so that they will be hardly noticeable in the paella. I used the “Swiss Chop Chop” to help me cut my onion to the desired sized pieces – it is available to view/buy on Amazon.
  5. Add a level tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan and put on a medium-high heat. Add the onion pieces. 
  6. Fry for 4-5 minutes or until slightly browned (not burnt), stirring occasionally.
  7. Meanwhile, chop up the pepper into small pieces on a chopping board, using a sharp knife.
  8. Put 1 litre of water and the whole 30g of Schwartz Paella Mix into a jug and stir until happy the contents are well mixed.
  9. Give the rice a few stirs, then pour away all of the water.
  10. Add the rice to the frying pan and mix with the onions. Leave to cook for 1 minute.
  11. After 1 minute, use one hand to slowly pour the jug of water with the Paella Mix into the frying pan. Use the other hand to continuously stir the contents of the pan, to ensure an even mixture. 
  12. Add the chopped pepper to thepan and mix thoroughly.
  13. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the water is mostly absorbed and the rice is cooked. Stir occasionally.
  14. Put the lid back on the frying pan, or use some tin foil to make the most of the heat being produced. Tip: The priority is that the rice is cooked, so sample some to check it is cooked rather than just doing a visual check. If it is not all cooked, but the water is all gone, keep adding  little more water until the rice is cooked. 
  15. Meanwhile, if using frozen sweetcorn and peas, weigh 75g of each then put them into a cup. Fill the cup with room temperature water, to encourage them to defrost. Tip: You only need to add enough water to cover them. 
  16. Once the rice is cooked (soft, to your liking), tipaway the water from the cup of vegetables and stir the 250g prawns, 75g sweetcorn and 75g peas with into the rice mixture. Give it a good mix, to ensure the contents are evenly distributed. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
    By this point, most of the water has now been absorbed by the rice.

    I am now working towards a Zero Waste Lifestyle, so regret using cling film. You could instead use much more eco friendly tin foil to contain your prawns if you need to defrost them in the fridge overnight.
  17. After the time has elapsed and the prawns, sweetcorn and peas are hot, turn off the heat.
  18. Leave the contents to settle for at least 5 minutes. Tip: It always seems to taste better when it has been allowed some time to rest before being served. The leftovers of this Paella seem to taste better the next day compared to when being eaten immediately after being cooked (although both still delicious)! 🙂
  19. When it is time to dish up, use a large spoon or utensil to place on a plate or bowl.
  20. Dish up and enjoy!

So there you are, a delicious recipe for a sustainability and environmentally conscious Organic* Paella. Hopefully I have managed to show you it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to eat delicious organic food everyday and not just as a one-off.


I really look forward to your comments and would love to see if any of you follow this recipe or use some of the ingredients mentioned in your own dishes. If you fancy trying organic or already follow an organic lifestyle yourself, say hi.. I don’t bite ?

Feel free to share your own tips on how to make eating organic more affordable or anything else that others or myself may find handy.


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