When M&F last caught up with 'The Fit Cook' Kevin Curry, the popular chef provided us with a great recipe for black bean quesadillas. With Easter fast approaching, the author of Fit Men Cook: 100 Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women has brought M&F readers an exclusive, ultimate meal for those Easter holiday leftovers with this high-protein, veggie-stuffed Bootstrap Turkey and Shrimp Paella.
"Growing up, my house was where everyone wanted to be after Sunday service," says Curry, who believes sharing food is one of the best ways to show love.
“Instead of high-calorie dishes, however, I try to lighten up some classic Southern recipes to put my own lean, healthy spin. However, I don't sacrifice taste in my recipes! Healthy doesn't have to be boring. So whatever I bring to a family reunion not only tastes good but is good for you too, and that's something to look forward to! The paella is a mix of different flavors and ingredients, something of a family reunion with many different personalities around the table, but we create an unbreakable bond and endless cherished memories as a whole.”
Curry's Bootstrap Turkey and Shrimp Paella is a great dish to bring to the table. Whether as a main course or as an accompaniment to the evening buffet, this nutritious and aromatic recipe is guaranteed to be a hit. Of course, paellas are a great dish that can also be adapted in your own way. So if you have any spare ham or just want to experiment, feel free! And this amazing meal doesn't have to be limited to Easter as it makes a great prep solution any time of the year.
"What I really love about my Bootstrap paella is that it gives me the essence of a dish I love while having fewer calories so I can enjoy it all week while still addressing my wellness goals," says the culinary Champion.
Curry is a proponent of bringing the flavor of curry and dash to his steel skillet without going crazy over salt or adding too much oil. He uses low-fat, high-protein meats like turkey and packs his meals with vitamin-packed vegetables. In this version of the dish, curry also uses brown rice for its fiber content and beneficial effects on blood sugar levels.
"There's this common misconception that healthy has to mean boring, and that's so far from the truth," says The Fit Cook. “This misconception is often the main reason people are put off eating healthy in the first place. When creating my recipes, I make sure that taste is paramount, but in a way that promotes well-being of mind and body.” We feel the love this Easter!
Courtesy of Kevin Curry