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One-Pot Wonder: Post-Workout Paella

Reenergize with this clean, flavorful seafood dish. It's easy to prepare, freezes well, and can be used to refuel after a hard workout.

Seafood—it's what's for dinner. I love this easy-to-make, savory dish. It's comforting, rich in protein, and serves up a hearty dose of carbs to replenish your glycogen stores post-workout.

Plus, one pot means less clean-up. Do your taste buds and muscles a favor, and make sure this comforting dish tops your next meal-prep menu. Boom.


Chicken breast: 1-1/2 lbs.

Jumbo shrimp, raw, peeled, and deveined: 1-1/2 lbs.

Coconut oil: 2 tbsp

Short-grain brown rice or Arborio rice (cooked): 4 cups

Low-salt chicken broth: 2 cups

Red onion, sliced: 1/2

Roma tomatoes, diced: 2

Frozen peas: 2

Lemon juice: 1 lemon

Garlic paste (or minced garlic): 1 tbsp

Smoked paprika: 1 tbsp

Saffron threads: 1/2 tsp

Sea salt: to taste

Pepper: to taste

Fresh parsley: to garnish

  1. Cook rice according to the instructions on the packet and set aside. To save time and space in the kitchen, I use a rice cooker.
  2. Chop raw chicken breasts and shrimp into small pieces.
  3. Set a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp coconut oil. Once it's melted, add red onion and garlic paste. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook until the edges of the onion have browned.
  4. Toss in raw, chopped chicken breasts and cook until the chicken is 75 percent done. Don't be alarmed if some parts of the chicken are still pink.
  5. Toss in raw shrimp and stir with wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the shrimp is about 75 percent cooked.
  6. Add paprika and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Stir.
  7. Add in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Stir and reduce heat to medium.
  8. Pour in the chicken broth and add saffron. Allow the contents to simmer, and gently stir.
  9. Allow everything to cook for about three minutes. If you'd like to, add fresh lemon juice.
  10. Add frozen peas and stir. Allow the paella to simmer for about five minutes, then garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 401
Fat 8 g
Carbs 41 g (5 g fiber)
Protein 41 g

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