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One-Pan Cajun Jambalaya

This Recipe is from the first Nordstrom Cookbook. A friend made this for dinner one night, long before we started eating healthier, and it instantly became a family favorite! I love it because I have no dishes to do, and it is easy! I also love the way it makes my house smell. It creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, and the ingredients (and process) could not be more simple. 


One-Pan Cajun Jambalaya

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp butter (or MCT oil,or ghee)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped (or red)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped (I have used all colors)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (two Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes)
  • 16 Ounces spicy smoked sausage, preferably Andouille, cut into ¼ inch slices (use whatever you like, turkey, chicken)
  • 1 cup long grain rice (I use brown)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tabasco sauce (hold unless your kids like spice)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt butter over medium high heat
  • Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and sausage and saute, stirring frequently until the vegetables are tender (about 7 mins)
  • Add the rice, broth, Tabasco sauce, tomatoes and Cajun seasoning
  • Stir until well mixed and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, 20 – 25 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and serve.


Most of the fat in this will be from the sausage, so you can opt to not eat it, or cook with low-fat or turkey sausage. I like to add shrimp (already cooked and defrosted) and just toss them in right at the end, already warmed up. Leftover chicken can also be added.


And again, for the kids I would leave the Tabasco for ppl to add on their own, it is spicy!

To serve, top with blue corn chips and greek yogurt, DELISH!

Healthy Cookbooks I Use

I don’t usually use many recipes, but rather I combine the healthy foods I have in my refrigerator and create as I go. However, it took me time to get to this place. Like everything else it takes practice and repetition to learn what tastes good with what, and how to put it all together. These are all books I own, and use. It is great to flip through the pages and get ideas. Many of these I have owned for years. The new ones have been chosen by my kids. They want to make a list, walk to the store, and create what they see in the picture! Healthy cooking is a hobby I can get behind 100%. My Son loves the Alton Brown, Every Day Cook, and my Daughter chose The No Time To Cook! Book.

I will start sharing some of the recipes I love, and hope they help others as they have me!

I also included In Defense Of Food, those of you that have followed my journey know this was the book that began my “wake-up” call. Not a recipe book, but a reminder of what food is, and more importantly, what food is not.

Happy New Year! Happy cooking! Healthy life!

xo

Jennifer

               

              

              

             

New Books on my “wish list”:

       

Books for kids

    

Kindle