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Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a regular for our family. It’s one of those recipes where every cook has their own version. Here’s mine, but feel free to make it your own. Mine has fantastic flavor but isn’t super spicy, as I have young kids who can’t handle lots of heat.

Jambalaya:
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Onion, diced
1 1/2 Bell peppers, diced
6 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. Water
12-16 oz. Sausage, sliced
1 (15 oz) can Diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp (5 tsp) Jambalaya seasoning
1/2 tsp Red chili sauce (like Franks)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 c. Rice (cooked al dente and then added)*

*To make this low-carb, use 1 1/2 – 2 c cauliflower rice instead.

About the ingredients

Regarding sausage. I use uncured, nitrate-free sausage if I can find some on a great sale somewhere. Often I don’t have any (that stuff is expensive), and have used hot dogs many times. Another option is to add some cooked diced or shredded chicken breast to add more protein without using so much sausage. If you like shrimp, add it with the rice.

The rice, if added raw, takes forever to cook. I have found the cooking process is much more predictable and faster if I cook the rice separate.

Make this dish spicier or accent different flavors by tailoring the jambalaya seasoning to your liking.

I have made this many times with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice to lower the carbs. It works great, but keep in mind the cauliflower has lots of moisture in it. You won’t need to add any additional water after the initial 1/2 cup.

Directions

Cook the rice. Start with 1 cup raw rice (whatever variety you like), add 2 cups water and cook it. I like to stop at al dente (not quite done), but you can cook it all the way too.
(Skip this step if using cauliflower rice.)

Turn a large skillet on medium-high heat and sauté the onion in the oil until translucent (about 5 minutes). Put the lid on to speed up the onions if desired. Add the bell pepper, cook a few more minutes, and then add the garlic and cook another 5 minutes.

Sausage and hot dogs

Now add everything else. Water, sausage/hot dogs/chicken, tomatoes, seasoning, hot sauce, worcestershire, and rice (or cauliflower). If you like shrimp, add a pound now.

Stir it all together and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. This helps all the flavors incorporate together.

Keep enough water in the skillet so it doesn’t dry out, you may need to add a bit more than the first 1/2 cup.

Remove from heat, give it a final stir, and scoop into bowls. Enjoy!

Homemade Jambalaya

Jambalaya

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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 1/2 Bell peppers diced
  • 6 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 12-16 oz. Sausage (or hot dogs/chicken) sliced
  • 1 (15 oz) can Diced tomatoes
  • 5 tsp Jambalaya seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili sauce like Franks
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c Rice or 1 1/2 – 2 c Cauliflower rice for low-carb

Instructions

  • Cook the rice. Start with 1 cup raw rice (whatever variety you like), add 2 cups water and cook it. I like to stop at al dente (not quite done), but you can cook it all the way too. (Skip this step if using cauliflower rice)
  • Turn a large skillet on medium-high heat and sauté the onion in the oil until translucent (about 5 minutes). Put the lid on to speed up the onions if desired. Add the bell pepper, cook a few more minutes, and then add the garlic and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Now add everything else. Water, sausage/hot dogs/chicken, tomatoes, seasoning, hot sauce, worcestershire, and rice (or cauliflower). If you like shrimp, add a pound now.
  • Stir it all together and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. This helps all the flavors incorporate together.
  • Keep enough water in the skillet so it doesn't dry out, you may need to add a bit more than the first 1/2 cup.
  • Give it a final stir and serve.

Notes

Regarding sausage. I use uncured, nitrate-free sausage if I can find some on a great sale somewhere. Often I don’t have any (that stuff is expensive), and have used hot dogs many times. Another option is to add some cooked diced or shredded chicken breast to add more protein without using so much sausage. If you like shrimp, add it with the rice.
Servings: 5 people

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