Quit rubbing your eyes and pinching yourselves, people -- YES, we've made a calorie-friendly jambalaya! If it's spicy, sausage-packed comfort food you crave, you'll wanna save this recipe...
Ingredients: 6 oz. (about 2 links) fully cooked chicken sausage (like the kind by Applegate Farms), sliced into coins One 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (not drained) 1 onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup low-sodium fat-free chicken broth 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice 1 tbsp. chopped garlic 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, or more to taste 1/4 tsp. dried oregano 1/4 tsp. dried thyme 6 oz. raw shrimp, tails removed, deveined, chopped Optional: salt and black pepper
Directions: Add all ingredients except shrimp to a large pot on the stove. Mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender and rice is fluffy, about 35 minutes. Add shrimp and re-cover. Continue to cook until shrimp are tender and cooked through, about 6 minutes.
If you like, season to taste with salt, black pepper, and additional hot sauce. Serve and enjoy!!!
Here at HG, we generally try to keep the starchy carbs to a minimum. However, there are some recipes that just need things like, say, rice. Jambalaya without rice? Um, that's NOT jambalaya. There's nothing we can do about that. What we CAN get rid of is the fatty stuff. Swap the classic pork Andouille sausage for a chicken version, ditch that unneeded oil (broth gives this dish major flavor), and use brown rice and tons of veggies to boost the fiber content and portion size. Ordinary jambalaya can have WAY too much fat and FAR too many calories. The set of stats below is a very modest average, but we found that several chain restaurants are serving up versions with well over 1,000 calories a pop. Claim Jumper offers a "lighter portion"... for 925 calories! The standard size there has more than 1,500 cals, and the noodles-not-rice option has 2,052 calories!!! Not okay. Ours is a lot lighter AND it tastes GREAT. We think a New Orleans-style dish this good deserves a parade of its own -- grab your favorite trumpet (you do have a favorite, right?), and let's go...
CHEW ON THIS: Today, October 12th, is National Gumbo Day. To celebrate, whip up a batch of our super-simple Yumbo Gumbo -- if you want to have a full-on Louisiana dinner, HG-style, make our brand-new jambalaya swap to go with it. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (That means, "Let the good times roll!")
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