Bone Healthy Recipe: Paella

Updated: March 7, 2019

Packed with bone building vitamins and minerals

Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated on the east coast of Spain. This recipe is a mixed paella that includes seafood and chicken. For all types of paellas, olive oil is the basic cooking ingredient. According to the Olive Oil Times, olive oil helps calcium absorption and plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis.healthy-recipe-paella-21

Saffron is also a traditional ingredient to this dish. Saffron is one of the most highly prized spices in the world. The active components in saffron have many therapeutic uses and boost digestive properties and anti-oxidants. This spice is a good source of minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. If you’ve tried saffron before, then you know of its lovely distinct flavor! [1]

Packed with bone building vitamins and minerals


A Good source of minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1296 kcal


  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic organic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil organic, extra virgin
  • 1 pound chicken thighs organic grass-fed boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage low-fat
  • 1 large onion chopped, organic
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped, organic
  • 2 1/4 cups long grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth low-sodium, organic
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 cups peas frozen, organic
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced, organic with their juices
  • 1 pound wild shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 dozen cherrystone clams scrubbed
  • 2 pounds mussels scrubbed
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Combine the oregano, garlic, salt and pepper with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and rub the chicken with it.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a deep skillet over moderate heat. Brown the chicken lightly on both sides.
  • Add the chorizo, onion, green and red peppers and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and rice and cook 5 minutes more. Add the chicken broth and saffron, mix well, cover with foil and cook until the liquid is almost absorbed about 15 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp, cherrystones, mussels, and peas. Cover and cook until the mussels and clams are opened, about 10 minutes more.
  • Serve in a large shallow dish or in individual bowls.


Calories: 1296kcalCarbohydrates: 107gProtein: 82gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 479mgSodium: 2876mgPotassium: 1609mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2070IUVitamin C: 105.7mgCalcium: 289mgIron: 11.5mg
Keyword paella, saffron, sea food
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Lara Pizzorno
MDiv, MA, LMT - Best-selling author of Healthy Bones Healthy You! and Your Bones; Editor of Longevity Medicine Review, and Senior Medical Editor for Integrative Medicine Advisors.,
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PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMP, BCHN, LDN - Professor and Director of Academic Development, Nutrition programs in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.,
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PHD, MBA - Head of Research & Development Center of Bone Diseases, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, Switzerland,