I used a red bell pepper, a little onion and garlic, which I forgot to show. Only saute lightly, then add in the rice mix, water and other seasonings. Cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Add the cooked meat back into the pan along with peas and uncooked shrimp. Let cook another 5 minutes. I used precooked, frozen shrimp and added it at the end.
This will be a very flavorful dish and a tad spicy with the addition of ground red pepper, but it helps make the dish. Don't leave it out completely, unless you really don't like it, or it's too hot for your children. We love this dish with the mellow rice, the spiciness of the sausage and all of the other additions. It's a great warm weather meal which takes only about 30 minutes from start to finish. Let's make this;
1 T. olive oil
1/2 pound smoked sausage or sausage of choice,
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1/2 pound, peeled, deveined shrimp- I used frozen, cooked shrimp
1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup diced onion, if desired
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper- I only use 1/8-1/4 tsp.
1 (10 oz.) package saffron yellow rice mix
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups frozen peas
No salt needed (in my opinion; the rice is salty, but taste and use your own judgement)
Heat oil in a large skillet; add sliced sausage and chicken. Cook about 5 minutes until browned, then remove meat from skillet with a slotted spoon to a plate. In the drippings, saute the red pepper, onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add ground red pepper, rice mix and water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Return the sausage and chicken to the skillet along with the peas and uncooked shrimp, if using. Cover and simmer another 5 minutes or until the shrimp turn pick. I just serve it from the skillet with a good salad and some bread. I hadn't made this in quite awhile, but my daughter really likes this dish and will remind me every so often to make Easy Paella. It's one of her favorites! It is good-Give it a try!