A few months ago I prepared Jambalaya for my family for the first time, honestly the only reason this happened was because it was one of our Dream Dinner options. Make sure you learn more about Dream Dinners too, it is the best! This was never a dish that I really thought my family would enjoy. Especially the shrimp part of it…boy I was wrong. Jude LOVES it, and asks for it all the time, he even likes taking leftovers for his school lunch! So funny! I decided I couldn’t keep him waiting until the Jambalaya was in the Dream Dinner rotation again so I attempted the recipe on me own….it was a success too!
Jambalaya Made Easy!
Free printable recipe here.
6 ounces Yellow Rice – prepared
1/2 green pepper – chopped
1/2 onion – chopped
Minced garlic – 1 TBSP
1 TBSP olive oil
1 package smoked sausage – sliced
Canned tomato sauce – 6 ounces
Creole Seasoning (I make my own)
1 pound raw shrimp – no tails
1. Prepare yellow rice as directed on the package. While rice is cooking, prepare all other ingredients.
2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, saute the pepper, onion and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the sliced sausage to the skillet and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
4. Once rice is cooked fully, add to skillet along with the tomato sauce. Stir mixture completely. Sauce should cover the rice, sausage and veggies.
5. Add Creole Seasoning and mix together once again. Let Jambalaya cook for 20 minutes.
6. Add shrimp to the skillet and mix in completely. Let cook for another 5-10 minutes or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
7. Serve hot! Enjoy!!!
This recipe is so easy and really made a good amount so that we could have some leftovers for Jude’s school lunches. Now I can make this once a month for a nice family dinner and surprise Jude with his favorite lunch. Keep in mind, if you are not a fan of sausage or shrimp, you can totally add your own protein options. I actually used turkey sausage for this and it was great. Next time I think I will make a shrimp and chicken version. Yummy!
I will be sharing my homemade Creole Seasoning recipe soon as well. It is a great option for those that do not use a ton of this type of seasoning.
How do you make Jambalaya? What protein options do you add to your recipe?