I love jambalaya! I love all Cajun food! OK OK… I love food in general. So sue me! Here’s the problem… I don’t know if I even want to admit it… but we used to have the “box” jambalaya dinner in our weekly rotation. I’M SORRY! I was a little bit desperate, a lotta bit lazy and totally unaware of what we were eating.
Now that we’re eating clean and loving it (and feeling the difference when we DON’T eat clean)… I am constantly searching for new recipes to throw into our rotation. This one is 21 Day Fix Approved and is fantastic – even for those who aren’t on the program.
I found a jambalaya recipe that seemed pretty good, but I like to put my own spin on things to cater to my taste buds (and my family’s). This is a great, simple dinner that you can feed your whole family (crazy toddlers included!). It’s 21 Day Fix APPROVED since you can portion out however many containers you need to fill for your dinner. It’s even better reheated for lunch the next day too. You can’t go wrong with that!
Make this recipe or put your own spin on it and let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!
2 cups cooked brown rice (feel free to use a “ready rice” like Uncle Ben’s brown rice to speed up the process)
1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
4 red containers protein of choice (mix-and match as desired): diced chicken breast, shrimp, and/or all-natural turkey or pork sausage)
2 cups bell pepper (any color)
diced (30 ounce can) fire roasted diced tomatoes (use 2 cups of diced / smashed grape or cherry tomatoes in a pinch!)
1 yellow or white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced (or grated)
2 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, plus ½ tsp. sea salt
Hot sauce to taste
In a sauté pan, brown protein over medium -high heat with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
Remove proteins from pan and place in a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. In the same pan, drizzle a little more EVOO and reduce heat to medium/ medium-low.
Sauté onions, peppers, and garlic until tender. Season with hot sauce as desired. Add the tomatoes into the pan and allow the tomatoes to heat through. Sprinkle with seasonings and stir.
Add your cooked brown rice to the pan and stir. Add the cooked protein back to the pan as well.
Give it a good stir so that everything is evenly combined. Add more hot sauce to taste.
I served mine over sauteed kale and spinach to get an extra green container in for the day, but you can certainly eat it on its own. Enjoy!