Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Must Make for Dinner!

This is my first official recipe post.
And since I'm kind of a Pioneer Woman fanatic, I thought it was only proper to show this recipe, Pioneer Woman style.

I found this recipe while I was pregnant with Blake.
So if the original maker of this recipe stumbles upon my wee little blog, I'm not taking credit, I just can't for the life of me remember what website I found this on.
I made some of my healthy tweeks and this is an amazing and healthy recipe that you MUST make.

Presenting.... Jambalaya!

First start off by sauteing, onion, bell pepper and celery in a TBSP of olive oil
(note make sure you use a large pot... this will make quite a bit!)

Next, add garlic, diced tomatoes, and LOTS of Cajun seasoning.... this is the kind I use on everything and it is absolutely wonderful!

Then add tomato paste, water, salt, parsley, and Tabasco.  (5 drops if you want your kiddos to eat it, more if you like it spicy, and then let this wonderful base simmer for at least 20 minutes!

You will next add in the pinto beans and while the beans are heating up you will want to cook your shrimp (or be lazy like me and buy the already cooked shrimp) and sausage.

You can use any kind of sausage you'd like.  This is not normally what I use, but it's all I had and it still tastes great.   Make sure it's turkey sausage to lower the calorie count.  This particular brand comes fully cooked, so I didn't have to cook it before I through it in the pot.

Ok moving on...
Add your shrimp and sausage and let it simmer another few minutes, while you cook your rice.
You will need 4 cups of cooked brown rice.
Or... if you are in a hurry and have a screaming, teething child, you can go the fast route and do this...
Yep... 2 packages of these babies, will do the trick!  3 minutes in the microwave, open the pouches, and then pop them in your jambalaya when you're ready to serve.

Note... you don't want the rice in there to long or else it'll get mushy so this should be put in about 5 minutes before you serve.
And then, BAM!!!  (channeling Emeril now)

The most amazing, healthy meal that anyone and everyone will love!
Seriously, it's so good, you won't even know you are eating healthy!

Here is the easy to read version for you.


  1. This sounds great. I love Cajun food!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It's a new weekly linky party...still 4 days left. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

  2. Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. Hope to see you again this week!!
    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch


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