30 Best healthy Spanish food recipes for everyone!

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Spanish cuisine consists of a variety of dishes, which stem from differences in geography, culture, and climate. It is heavily influenced by the abundant seafood source which is available from the waters around the country.

Healthy Spanish Food Recipes – Best Recipes Ever:

Spanish cuisine is very diverse and abundant. Due to it is a country with a coastline, Spain has a lot of dishes made with seafood. The cultural diversity of Mediterranean origin is also reflected in the cuisine of the country with thousands of recipes and flavors. Typically, Spanish dishes are made with potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers and beans. One of the flavors which regularly appear of the food of Spain is olive oil as this country has been producing 44% of the total amount of olive oil in the world. One of the unique culinary customs of Spain is the appetizers (tapas) which are always served with drinks. Churro, a long cake dipped in chocolate is also a very special dish of Spain.

1. Sangria!Sangria!    

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The first one of the Spanish food recipes is Sangria! Sangria! – the best sangria recipe I have been able to hone to perfect! If you prefer sweeter flavor, you should use ginger ale as a replacement of club soda.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups carbonated water(optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy

2. Classic Spanish Sangria:

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This one is not diluted with carbonated beverages. This is a classic version of the popular wine drink. You can add to this recipe any kinds of your favorite fruits, but according to my own opinion and experience, pears and apples will absorb the rum best.  In fact, this is one of the best Spanish food recipes for wine you will ever find.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • lemon

3. Spanish Flan:

Spanish Flan

This delicious Spanish flan will make everyone loves it even though it just contains a few simple ingredients. The taste of this dish will amaze your senses and also surprise your friends and family. This dish is perfect for a healthy and delicious dessert, or it can be also a snack when you are hungry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 fluid oz.) canevaporated milk
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar

4. White Peach Sangria:

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This refreshing white wine sangria is always considered a hit at any party. You can easily make this wine at home with simple and available ingredients – rum and some fruits. The basic ingredients you need contain:

Ingredients:

  • Halve 3/4 cup seedless green grapes
  • Halve 3/4 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1 pound white peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • Thaw 6 tbsps frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 3/4 cup peach flavored vodka
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine

5. Empanadas:

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Empanadas are better made plenty at once because your family members and friends will make them disappear quickly. The baked cookies may be frozen, and so does the unbaked dough. This dish is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients which can be bought from any food store or supermarket with ease.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup fruit preserves
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

6. Easy Paella:

Easy Paella

 

This is an easy to make paella using chicken, chorizo, and shrimp. With this recipe, you will be able to renew your dinner right tonight! Try it yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/2 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsps olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsps olive oil

7. Espinacas Con Garbanzos (Spinach With Garbanzo Beans):

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This dish can be served as a light meal or a side dish. It is great when being served with some crusty bread and a grilled pork chop. This dish is originated in North African and is one of the most common selections of tapas in Seville’s bars.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (12 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • Thaw and drain well 1 (10 oz.) box frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

8. Gazpacho:

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This is a wonderful cold soup which is jam-packed with fresh Mediterranean veggies and very good for human health! This is also one of the best Spanish food recipes which are very simple and fast to make you should try right tonight!

Ingredients: 

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsps fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 cups tomato juice

9. Fried Empanadas:

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These fried empanadas are the best Spanish food ever that I have tasted in my life! Eggs and raisins make this recipe much tastier and very good for your brain.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsps paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

10. Spanish Potato Omelet:

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There is nothing too wonderful about this rustic yet super delicious Spanish style omelet. It gives us a lot of hearty goodness from crunchy fried onions and potatoes. Chopped green onions and tomatoes lend even more color and flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes – peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

11. Paella I:

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This is the traditional paella which is garnished with shrimp, mussels, squid, peas, chicken and chorizo. Chorizo is a sausage spiced with chili and garlic powder. You should remember to remove the casings of chorizo before cooking. You should better use a paella pan.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices lemon, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • Peel and devein 12 large shrimp
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 squid, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (12 oz.) packageuncooked Arborio rice
  • Cut into 1-inch cubes 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 oz.s chorize sausage, cut into pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 tbsps olive oil

12. Flan II:

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This is actually one of the best desserts you will ever see and taste! This dish is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients. With just some rustic materials, you will be able to get one of the best healthy Spanish food recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 3/8 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

13. Spanish Cod:

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This is a super delicious fish dish with marinated vegetables, green olives, and a pungent tomato sauce. You can add some jumbo shrimps into the sauce with the fish to make this dish more tasty and attractive.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (4 oz.) fillets cod fillets
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • Drain and coarsely chop 1/4 cup deli marinated Italian vegetable salad
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter

14. Viva Madrid Spanish Chicken:

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This is a simple yet very delicious Spanish dish made with some easy to find, rustic ingredients. The ingredients needed for making the Viva Madrid Spanish chicken are very cheap and can be found easily in any food store or supermarket.

Ingredients:

  • dried thyme to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pound thin 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tbsps olive oil, divided

15. Sangria By The Pros:

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This wonderful sangria recipe is a delicious version of classic sangria which is very popular and preferred widely in Spain. Sangria by the Pros is actually a brand new version. Try making it yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice to taste
  • 1 (12 oz.) can lemon-lime soda to taste
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • Pare, core and slice 1 medium all-purpose apples
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange

16. Chicken Costa Brava:

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This dish, affected by the Costa Brava cuisine – a region in Northern Spain, marries the sweet, tropical flavor of pineapple and the saltiness of olives. This is actually one of the best Spanish food recipes, and it is better if you serve it over a bed of rice.

Ingredients:

  • salt to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 2 tbsps cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 cups black olives
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 onions, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks

17. Gazpacho II:

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This is a delicious cold soup which is perfect for the weather of summer and spring. This dish is also very good for people who want to lose weight.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 (12 fluid oz.) cans tomato juice
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimento peppers, drained
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and halved
  • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered

18. Avocado And Tuna Tapas:

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Tapas are what every Spanish people have tasted at least once in their life. This is a healthy, light tapa that is best when being served with crunchy bread and crisp white wines. This recipe is great for people who want to try the combination of many kinds of different spices, vegetables, and vinegars.

Ingredients:  

  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 dash balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 (12 oz.) can solid white tuna packed in water, drained

19. Mango Gazpacho:

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For your family’s next summer gathering, make this dish and give your family an intriguing variation of gazpacho. This is actually one of the healthy Spanish food recipes people should try!

Ingredients:

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro, basil, parsley
  • 3 tbsps fresh lime juice
  • Seed and mince  1 small jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Seed and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups 1/4-inch-diced fresh mangoes

20. Spanish-Style Chicken And Sausage:

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This is a perfect Spanish recipe passed down for family functions. This popular dish can be made for being served in every occasion of your family. It is perfect to be served with salad and bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups instant rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups hot water
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • Slice 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

21. Conchi’s Sangria:

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This is the sangria that is preferred by many people in Spain. It is very fast and easy to make, and for a summer party, it makes a great drink to mix up.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage – 3 liters
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 4 sliced fresh peaches
  • Peel, core, and slice 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 4 (750 milliliter) bottles red wine

22. Pasta De Sardine:

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This is a great dish made with pasta for people who like serving seafood together with pasta. This dish is not only quick and simple to make, but it is also very tasty, and it is of regional Spanish-Italian authenticity. Beer or red wine is the beverage for your choice to serve with this dish

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 (3.75 oz.) can sardines in tomato sauce
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 8 oz.s dry fettuccine pasta

23. Empanadas I:

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This is a fairly fast and simple recipe for empanadas. This dish can be made with any kind of your favorite fruit, including melon. Or else, you can prepare the meat filling by making use of any type of your favorite meat. This is actually a delicious Spanish dish that you should try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 oz.s tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 6 tbsps water
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

24. Dill Gazpacho:

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Dill gazpacho is a mild and fresh gazpacho that makes use of all the materials of the summer. It is also very simple to make with easy to find ingredients. Serve the dish chilled and garnish it with a sprig of fresh dill.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 medium ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

25. Gazpacho I:

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This spicy soup will be eaten cold. This might be a little bit strange to you, but it is very delicious when being served it with crusty peasant bread for summer meal that is very light yet still nutritious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped black olives
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 3/4 pounds ripe tomatoes

26. Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Tortilla):

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Not similar to most other omelets, a Spanish tortilla can be served at room temperature. It is the classic tapa, prepared all over Spain.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 oz.s Spanish serrano ham, chopped
  • Drain and cut into strips 1 roasted red pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 onions, sliced into rings
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Peel and cut into 1/4-inch slices 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

27. Lentil Stew:     

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This healthy dish will be able to help your kids grow healthily and fast. It is also very perfect in the cold winter days and also helps the recovery process of the body when you are sick.

Ingredients:

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16 oz.) package lentils
  • 1 pound Polish sausage, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 7 medium potatoes, chopped

28. Maria’s Paella:

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This is the paella that once you give your family members and friends, they will definitely beg you for more. It has the true flavor of Spain and many Spanish people love it through many generations. This is also one of the best Spanish food recipes people should try!

Ingredients:

  • 6 wedges lemon
  • 6 large sea scallops
  • 6 jumbo shrimp in shells (21-25 per lb.)
  • 6 large clams in shell, scrubbed
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cups long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pound small shrimp – peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 pound calamari rings
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

29. Sizzling Sherry Shrimp With Garlic:

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This recipe is from Spain. Lemon juice or sherry is not always used, but either one adds a wonderful contrast to the abundance of the garlic and oil. You can easily substitute scallops or squid for the shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsps chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsps dry sherry or lemon juice
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

30. Spanish Style White Bean And Sausage Soup:

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This dish is a real taste bud pleaser. Kale and andouille sausage are great additions to this white bean soup. This soup’s flavor is perfectly blended.

Ingredients:

  • Remove stems and chop leaves coarsely of 12 oz.s kale
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 pinch crushed saffron threads
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz.s dry great Northern beans
  • 8 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 andouille sausage links

This article covers 30 simple yet very healthy Spanish food recipes that many people prefer. If you see that the recipes I mentioned above are exactly what you are looking for, and if you think that these recipes are also useful for other readers of VKool.com who love Spanish culinary art, I really want to hear that from you.

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