Recently, we had a friend stay with us for a few days. I love having company, it gives me a larger audience to cook for and new palates to challenge. I wanted to make something that would be a little exotic without scaring off anyone who isn’t quite as adventurous as I am.

I love to look to other cultures for my dishes, as different parts of the world use spices I might not normally think to use. For dinner this evening, I went through my pantry and freezer and started pulling things down to see what I had. This dish sprang into being.

Paella is a wonderful one-dish meal that you can re-engineer to make more healthy with just a few substitutions. I used chicken sausage instead of pork, brown rice instead of white and added chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs.