Reap The Benefits Of Mussels With This Paella Dish

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 17, 2012

We all know there are benefits to eating shellfish, but navigating what kinds of dishes pack the most punch can be tricky. Mussels, which are a type of clam, are considered one of the best options when choosing to eat seafood.

According to Fit Day, 100 grams of mussels provide you with about 13 percent of the daily amount of vitamin C you should be consuming and 22 percent of your iron needs. Additionally, these shellfish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been the basis for numerous studies on healthy aging. So when you chow down on those mussels, you may be building up your own muscles.

However, eating mussels on their own is not always a filling meal. Luckily, Sunrise of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, incorporates these shellfish into a tasty paella dish mixed with shrimp, which have also been touted for their health benefits, and chicken wings.

In order to keep this dish on the healthier side, we recommend using low-sodium chicken broth instead.

Paella Minute
Sunrise of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Serves 6

18 mussels
6 chicken wings
1/2 lb. shrimp with shell
1 sweet red pepper
8 oz. mushrooms
1 onion
2 T. olive oil
1 oz. butter
1/2 c. long grain rice
3 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 t. saffron
Salt and pepper to taste
1 c. frozen peas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scrape and wash the mussels. Leave 6 whole shrimp and peel the remaining shrimp leaving the tail intact. Drain the peppers and cut them into cubes. Cut the mushrooms into four sections and finely chop the onion. Heat the oil over low heat in a paella pan. Add the butter and sauté the onions with the chicken wings, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Add the rice, chicken broth, saffron, frozen peas and mushrooms; mix well. Add the shrimp on top with the mussels and the red peppers cut into strips. Once it starts boiling, remove from the stove and put in the oven to finish cooking (about 20 minutes).