Okay I have to admit it, I’ve never tasted saffron. It is just one of those things I can not justify the price. Of course I am on a budget and have to save money where I can. That was how the recipe for Poor Man’s Paella came about. Also, Oklahoma is land-locked and seafood is pretty pricey so it found its way out of the dish too. Now this obviously is not traditional spanish paella. I am sure you can argue that it isn’t paella at all but I won’t go into a long rant about origins of words (I majored in English) or history and origins of dishes. So some will just have to agree to disagree with me. Regardless my family loves this and I am always looking for one-pot meals to cook. The only draw back for me is I am horrible with rice. I have no idea why,no matter what method I try, it ends up cooking wrong. I think the rice is out to get me… I can hear it now mocking me from the kitchen.