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I am a lover of all things southern, from New Orleans and delicious. So today’s recipe shouldn’t come as a surprise. I was looking for a filling dish that had some “healthy notes” and would last me throughout the week (for lunch). Jambalaya was my choice. It’s hearty and warm. A great dish for this chilly season.

Here’s what you will need in order to make this delicious jambalaya:
– 1/2 lb frozen or fresh shrimp
– 2 lbs turkey smoked sausage or andouille
– 1 pack of boneless chicken breast tenderloins (you may use thighs if you like)
– The trinity: 1 bell pepper, 1 onion, 3 celery stalks
– 1 can of diced tomatoes (I used the one with zesty jalapenos)
– 1 large box of chicken stock
– 2-3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
– 2 cups of uncooked brown rice
– Creole or cajun seasoning (I used Punch Ya Daddy Cajun rub mix and Zatarain’s Creole seasoning.)

First, cook your chicken and sausage. You may lightly season the chicken here if you like.

Next, cut up the cooked chicken and sausage into small, bite size pieces. Also cut up your veggies.
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Grab a large pot and add up your olive oil on medium to high heat. Add the trinity and cook until caramelized.
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Now to the pot, add the diced tomatoes, stock (3-4 cups depending on how you want your jambalaya. Thicker jambalaya – less stock and if you want more juice in it, add more stock), and seasonings. A tablespoon of seasonings should be fine, but it’s also to your desired taste. Stir.

Add the cut up chicken and sausage. Stir and bring this to a boil.
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Once it has boiled, stir in 2 cups of brown rice. Cover the pot with a lid and let it cook on low heat for 50-60 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, check to see if you need to add more liquid. Give it a quick stir. (Note: when cooking with brown rice, minimal stirring is suggested in order to reduce the rice breaking down and becoming mushy.)

At 50 minutes, add the shrimp. Stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. And now you are ready to eat and enjoy!

finished jambalaya

Doesn’t that look delicious?? It was!! I had a coworker try a bowl and she loved it. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out.

Any other dishes I should try making this season?

– G