Seafood Paella

seafood paella
I saw this recipe on Stay Family Recipes and was excited to try a slow cooker meal that incorporated seafood. It was pretty good, but we felt it was missing something. We added some extra salt and Creole seasoning at the end and that seemed to help. Maybe adding some extra garlic, onion and spices when preparing so it has a little more power in the flavor? The kids did love picking their shrimp out of the rice though :-).

Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped assorted colored sweet peppers
1/2 cup chopped onion
(I also added some diced carrots)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked regular brown rice
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
12 oz. fresh or frozen shrimp in shells, thawed, peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise
12 oz. tilapia fillets, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas (we left these out, as none of us are big fans)

Directions:
1. Coat a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; add peppers, onion, and garlic and set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine the broth, rice, thyme, crushed red pepper, and turmeric. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 4 minutes or until just boiling. Pour over vegetables in cooker.
2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 4 hours. Stir in shrimp, tilapia, and peas. Cover; cook 45 minutes more, stirring once. Remove cooker from liner; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes (fish should flake, shrimp should be opaque, and rice should be tender).

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