Cajun Jambalaya

Busy week? Still need something satisfying, tasty and healthy? Try this easy jambalaya. A perfect one-dish meal that is ready in about 40 minutes with most time being hands OFF.

This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor! #cajunjambalaya #healthyjambalaya #easyjambalaya www.savoryexperiments.com

This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor!

Cajun jambalaya is one of our family favorite weeknight meals. Since there are only two of us, I make the whole batch, pack up the rest in airtight storage containers and we have lunch for the rest of the week!

I used shrimp and chicken andouille sausage, but you can use any type of protein you want, or none at all and make it a vegetarian dish.
You can also use white rice if you prefer the texture or taste, but make sure it is a “minute” version. If you prefer using a slow cooker, also check out my award winning Slow Cooker Jambalaya!
Healthy Jambalaya Recipe- you won’t believe how easy this jambalaya recipe is! Throw out the box mix and make your own in under an hour with whole, healthy ingredients. www.savoryexperiments.com
What is the difference between jambalaya and gumbo? Well first off they both originate from the state of Louisiana. Jambalaya is influenced by West African, french and Spanish people who settled in Louisiana, made up of a mixture of meats, vegetables mixed with rice and stock.
The rice is usually cooked at the same time as the meats, chicken, ham, crawfish, shrimp and smoked sausage.
Gumbo on the other hand is a mixture of vegetables and meat with a thickened stock. The vegetables being okra, onions, celery and green pepper, the meat can vary in different regions but consisting of sausage, chicken, ham, crawfish and shrimp.
Healthy Jambalaya Recipe- you won’t believe how easy this jambalaya recipe is! Throw out the box mix and make your own in under an hour with whole, healthy ingredients. www.savoryexperiments.com
Gumbo is served with rice while the rice in jambalaya is cooked and incorporated into the dish. There are different variations of both jambalaya and gumbo.
Cajun gumbo, Creole and Gumbo z’herbes. Cajun jambalaya, Creole jambalaya and white jambalaya.

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This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor! #cajunjambalaya #healthyjambalaya #easyjambalaya www.savoryexperiments.com

Healthy Jambalaya Recipe- you won’t believe how easy this jambalaya recipe is! Throw out the box mix and make your own in under an hour with whole, healthy ingredients. www.savoryexperiments.com
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Cajun Jambalaya

This Cajun Jambalaya is a mouthwatering recipe that can be ready in less than an hour. Andouille turkey sausage and shrimp give this recipe so much flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: easy jambalaya
Servings: 5
Calories: 550kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 inch ribs celery cut into quarter sections
  • 1 cup bell pepper chopped, can be one color or assorted
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 cups uncooked minute brown rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5- ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes un-drained
  • 5 links andouille turkey sausage sliced into 1/2 rounds (fully cooked)
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp cooked, peeled and de-veined

Instructions

  • Heat Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add celery, bell pepper and garlic. Continue to saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add brown rice through canned diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cover. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a large fork or spoon, add shrimp and and sausage. Cover and continue to heat on low for 5 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaves and thyme springs. Mixture will have a little bit of liquid, but not be soupy. Taste test rice, as brown rice can sometimes be finicky. Allow to rest for a few minutes uncovered before serving.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 1299mg | Potassium: 870mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 4.9mg

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