Paleo Lifestyle - Seafood Fra Diavolo

Seafood Fra Diavolo, Mussels And M

20120708-213636.jpg Today I really wanted to make something different for dinner. I wanted a tasty treat, and I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on anything. I knew that I had some frozen shrimp in the freezer and thought it would be a good idea to use them. Next thing I knew I was at Whole Foods grabbing mussels and clams to make seafood fra diavolo, and it all started with making my own red sauce. It sounds crazy I know, but I have never made my own red sauce. I’ve always been one to buy a jar or two of whatever handy (and now healthy) sauce is on sale and doctor it up from there. Alas, today was different, I was feeling energized and had the time to let it simmer so I made ….

Paleo Seafood Fra Diavolo

First make a basic red sauce using the following recipe inspired by Emeril:

  • Pour 2- 35 oz cans stewed tomatoes in to a bowl and squeeze them between your fingers breaking them in to little pieces.
    Drizzle 4 TBSP olive oil in to a large sauce pot(or enough to cover the bottom of your pot) and turn on heat to medium high
    As the oil heats add 2 bay leaves and heat until brown, approximately 1 minute
    Add 10 cloves garlic (+/- depending upon your taste for garlic) that have been finely chopped and stir until golden
    As the garlic begins to turn golden stir in 2 carrots diced and 1 medium onion diced. Cook this for 15 minutes until soft and starting to brown.
    Once the vegetables have browned combine the tomatoes, 2 TBSP tomato paste and 1 1/2 cups water or chicken stock to the pot.
  • Allow the pot to boil then turn down to low with the lid partally covering the pot allowing the sauce to reduce until a nice thick layer coats a spoon(about one hour). You will likely only use part of this sauce in your fra diavolo recipe so pan to put some away for further enjoyment.

Once the basic red sauce is ready

  • take a large skillet and add another 4 TBSP olive oil
  • Crush 6 cloves garlic and saute until golden
  • Our in 2 cans of  diced clams in juice
    Add 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
    After all of the above ingredients have had a minute or two to cook together add 3-4 cups of sauce and bring to a boil
    Take 2 lbs mussels, 1 lbs clams and 2 lbs shrimp combining them with the boiling sauce.
  • Cover the pot.
  • The seafood is done when all shellfish is open and the shrimp are pink. This is usually in a few minutes time.
  • Discard any shellfish that didn’t open.
  • Enjoy!

So I made a ton of this as Steve loves seafood and could easily put away all of the shrimp himself in one sitting. I also made some meatballs for the kiddos to go with the sauce as I thought most of them would prefer that as an option. In true M fashion, she hemmed and hawed about the meatballs. Crocodile tears and everything- ahhhh the torture of expecting your 5 year old to eat a homemade meatball- crazy right. Well in the midst of it all I grabbed seconds for Steve and Mike and M looked at me and requested she be able to eat muscles and clams in lieu of the meatballs, “would that be ok?” Absolutely, postively, more than OK. Just yet another reminder that you can’t stereotype a kid’s palette and offer them “special” food that you think would appeal to it. I guess all those years as a baby trekking through every ethnic restaurant possible in Manhattan and Denver have finally started to pay off. Yes M, yes! You can eat muscles and clams anytime you want!!!


What do your kids enjoy eating that surprises you?

paleo seafood fra diavolo

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