Have you ever been to New Orleans?

It is the most interesting place.

A blend of drunken debauchery and beatiful history combined into one fascinating city.

I went there in college when because the drinking age there was still 18. Mature, right?

I won’t get into details about my antics, but they fall into the first category, let’s leave it at that. I would like to go back with adult eyes (and stomach) to better appreciate the beignets, muffalettas, and carriage rides through the historic city. But for now, I recreated a taste of the town (with a simple healthy twist) of Jambalaya.
‘Hope you like it ya’ll!

~ B

Here’s What You Need: (For 4)

1/2 llb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large carrot, diced
1 small onion, diced
1-2 tsps Cajun seasoning*
1-2 sausage links* (Examples: chicken andouille sausage, smoked turkey sausage)
14oz petite diced tomatoes (drained, but reserving 1 TBS of liquid)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 green pepper, sliced and chopped roughly
Handful of kale or baby spinach, chopped (optional)
S+P & Extra virgin olive oil
Hot sauce (optional)

Here’s What You Do:
Saute the sausage  on medium high until cooked and set aside. Drizzle the same pan with EVOO. Add in the onion and carrot and salt and pepper for about 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir in the green pepper and the the Cajun* seasoning and garlic, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add in the sausage and tomatoes and cover for five minutes. Add in the shrimp and kale and cook, covered, for five minutes more. Serve over brown rice with hot sauce to pass.

*Look at the fat grams on the sausage before deciding to use one or two!
*I used Penzey’s Cajun seasoning, but you can find ones where you make your own like this one on Allrecipes.com

Kid Tip:
Obviously don’t add the hot sauce for the kiddos! Also, if you make your own seasoning be sure to adjust the spicy factor. Also, my kids like things compartamentalized so I had the rice with a few of the vegetables separate from the sausage.

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  1. I’ve been thinking of making jambalaya! This looks awesome.

  2. Roz says:

    I’ve never been to New Orleans and want to visit so badly! This jambalaya looks and sounds perfectly cajun, creole, and New Orleans!

  3. I LOVE Jambalaya!!
    I haen’t made in awhile though…. think I know what is going on the menu for this weekend!
    I’ll post my recipe too, we can compare :)

  4. Cat says:

    Totally different than the jambalaya my cajun family grew up making, but sounds tasty.

  5. Zenee Miller says:

    Looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it! I’m also pinning this to my pinterest board!

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