This is a recipe I’ve made up over time – when you’ve got fussy eaters it can be really tricky to get them to try new things – so this recipe started off as ‘yellow rice’, then I called it Rainbow rice and now it’s simply known as paella! My children jump for joy when I tell them I’m doing paella for dinner. I try and cram as many different types of vegetables into this dish, and serve it with some crunchy pepper sticks or broccoli for example.
1 small onion
1 tbsp turmeric,
1/2 tbsp paprika,
rice (I use any in the cupboard, but you could use specific paella rice)
peas and sweetcorn
chorizo, sausages, chicken (all optional)
sprinkle of cheddar, or parmesan cheese.
Fry the onion in a large frying pan, add the other veg to soften – I tend to add a little bit of stock at this point, once that’s soaked in add the tumeric and paprika, and then add the rice and stir over the heat. Next add the stock and allow it to cook for 10-12 mins – according to the instructions. Top up with stock when necessary. a few minutes before the rice is ready add the peas/sweetcorn. I tend to serve the paella with chorizo on the side, and I’ve also cooked sausages and chicken and served them in the paella. You could also add prawns or anything other ingredients you have at home.
I’m also keen to involve my charges in making their food, my 5 year old has helped me to prepare this dish. It’s also nice to involve the children in adding the final touches – such as cheese and veggies.