Miranda’s Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Picture this:

It’s a hot but blissful day. You’re 20. And for the first time in your life you’re in a country where English isn’t the first language. You’re staying in a resort with your sister and some family. You spend your days in the pool, at the beach, discovering tapas for the first time ever and getting tipsy from your new favourite summer drink, sangria. You feel adventurous, and you’re loving the extra summer you’re getting when it’s winter at home. Your soundtrack of choice is California Waiting by Kings of Leon and you’ve just tasted the brightest orange juice you’ve ever seen. You’re in Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain. They serve garlic bread as bread smothered in garlic aioli and the week you are spending here feels like heaven to you.

In 2007, I went to Alcudia, Mallorca, just off the coast of Spain and fell in LOVE with paella. It was one of the first nights we were in Spain, and so, of course, we went to a Spanish restaurant to try some of the local fare. Aioli, patatas bravas, croquetas, albondigas en salsa – the options were endless! This stage in my life was when I first started experimenting and trying new foods, after years of being rather unadventurous. We’d just arrived from England, where I’d tasted my first English strawberries – something that up until that moment, I was convinced that I hated. So in the spirit of new discoveries, without much description of it, I took the recommendation to order paella, and I haven’t looked back. I think I ordered it four times that week, taking home the leftovers. And when arrived back in Australia, it was all I talked about – I even received a paella pan and bag of paella rice at my 21st birthday!

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

If you haven’t tried paella, it’s a fabulous Mediterranean dish. The saffron-yellow rice with simple flavours of rosemary, parsley, capsicum and tomato can be complimented by any protein of your choice, from prawns, to chorizo, to chickpeas. It’s tasty, it’s filling, it makes a lot, and if you make your own stock, you don’t have to worry about MSG. (If you’d like to skip the nitrites, you don’t need to add the chorizo)

It’s a comfort food classic, and even though the rice is filling, it’s still a perfect meal to eat in summer with a side of salad (in my humble opinion).

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

500-700g chicken, diced (or 2-3 tins chickpeas)

2 chorizo sausages, sliced

2tb extra virgin olive oil

1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)

0.5g saffron

1 litre of bone broth or homemade vegetable stock (you may need extra water)

2 cups arborio/short grain rice

400g tinned tomatoes

1 cup frozen green beans

2tb rosemary

Salt & Pepper

Half a cup of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Lemon wedges, to serve

Chicken and chorizo paella

Heat a wide based pan on a medium high heat until hot, and brown your chicken on a medium-high heat. Remove from the pan. Brown the chorizo and remove.

Heat your bone broth/stock and infuse saffron while the water simmers.

Meanwhile, add more oil to your pan if necessary, and cook the capsicum slices for 5-7 minutes, stirring, until tender.

Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the rice and garlic, and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes, until the rice is coated. Add the saffron infused bone broth/stock, tomatoes, green beans, rosemary, salt and pepper, chicken, chorizo (or chickpeas) and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. (If your rice needs a bit more liquid, feel free to add it)

When the fluid is mostly absorbed, stir through the parsley, then stop stirring the pan to allow a “crust” to form on the bottom for a few minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed.

Serve with fresh lemon wedges and salad.

Basic Hummus:: Miranda Makes

Hummus, how I love thee. Let me count the ways….


Let’s be honest, for me, my love for hummus is up there in the millions. It’s just such a tasty thing to eat, and if you need to bring something to parties, you know it’s vegan and gluten-free, so most of your dietary bases are covered with a super tasty treat. It’s got protein, fibre, carbohydrates, good fats, folate, calcium and a whole lot of other wonderful stuff you body will love you for – you can’t go wrong! Continue reading

The biggest nutrition mistake you can make (and how to fix it)

The most common thing that I see affecting the health of those that ask my nutrition advice is simply that they aren’t eating enough.

Either they are too busy to eat enough, have been taught – like we all were – to eat less to lose weight, so eat rye biscuits for their lunch, or they are eating the processed stuff that has no nutritional value (therefore, for the purpose of today’s blog and healthy eating in general, I am not going to describe it as food).

The most common reasons for this are as follows: Continue reading

My Top 5 Tips to Increase Energy: Part 1

Fatigue can be quite debilitating, but luckily, there are many natural and easy ways to overcome fatigue and boost your energy, enabling you to achieve everything that you need to day-to-day.

Below is Part 1 of my 5 Top Tips for Increasing Energy. These short videos are give you quick strategies that are easy to put into your day – even when you do feel too tired!

Don’t forget that my Nutrition for REAL People workshop: Nutrition for Fatigue is 6pm, Wednesday, 24th June – which is next week! For your chance to get a more in-depth understanding of fatigue and achievable strategies to give you long-lasting energy, make sure you book your ticket, as seats are limited.

A Day in the Life: What THIS nutritionist eats

I always say that healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated to get results, and since I get asked a lot about what my diet looks like, I thought I would share with you a bit of a “day in the life”. It’s no muss, no fuss, whole foods and lots of variety.

Don’t forget to checkout my giveaway on my Facebook page, which ends TOMORROW MORNING 

And if you want some specific diet and lifestyle tips and recipes and you live in Brisbane, check out my next workshop, Nutrition for Fatigue, 6pm, 24th June 2015 at Little Tokyo Two

What do nutritionists eat? Jaime Maguire guest post

One of the things I like best about nutrition and my fellow nutritional medicine praccies is that most of the time, we find ourselves talking about food. We share new recipes, or ways to include a particular food we are obsessed with/have discovered to have powerful medicinal properties, the foods we are craving and basically get to learn even more about our favourite topic on a more heartfelt and authentic level – some of our supervising lecturers have been known to notice they eat more when they are around our food-obsessed modality, a testament to how infectious our love of food can be when we get together. We truly live and breathe our modality.

It is with this in mind that I asked my fellow foodie babe and nutrition student, Jaime Maguire to share with you a few food products she currently can’t get enough of, while I shared mine on her blog (because honestly, it’s hard for us to talk about anything else) and I’m so excited to share her list with you.


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