Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yum, a Jambalaya Recipe

One of my goals in 2013 is to plan our meals ahead of time, so we're not tempted to cook things that aren't healthy. We weren't doing too badly at the end of 2012, but I am trying to make a conscious effort at trying healthier recipes, too. Today I made the week's menu, picking a couple new recipes and the grocery list. My husband went to the grocery for me (yay! I dislike the grocery on the weekend since it is so busy). Then he came home and began work on a recipe I had selected. I put away the other groceries and cut up some of our veggies for the week. He made a fish, shrimp and sausage jambalaya. He used what we had, which was tilapia instead of the other fish and a spicy sausage that wasn't andouille. We also used cilantro instead of parsley. It was so delicious! Great for a cold, winter day! INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup butter 10 ounces andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced green bell pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (such as Lea & Perrins®) 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's), or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 cups medium-grain rice 3/4 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 3/4 pound cod fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (optional) salt to taste 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley DIRECTIONS: 1. Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Cook andouille sausage in the melted butter until completely browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel. 2. Cook and stir onion, celery, and green bell pepper in the butter remaining in the pot until the onion becomes translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. 3. Stir garlic into the onion mixture; cook and stir together for 1 minute. 4. Stir tomato paste through the vegetable mixture; cook and stir another 3 to 5 minutes. 5. Return andouille sausage to the pot along with diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper; stir to combine. 6. Pour chicken broth over the sausage mixture; bring to a boil. 7. Stir rice into the mixture, place a cover on the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook undisturbed until the rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. 8. Add shrimp and cod to the rice mixture. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until the mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat again to medium-low and cook uncovered another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 9. Season with salt and fold parsley into the jambalaya to serve.

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