[center] Almost-Instant Jambalaya [/center]
Need some fast protein?
Sick of chicken breasts?
How about a nice anti-cancer, anti-heart-disease boost while you’re at it?
Well then, I’m your pusher, baby.
Here’s a quick recipe for ya: my fast-food, physique-conscious take on New Orleans jambalaya:
Package of pre-cooked turkey or chicken sausage (Andouille is best)
Package of pre-cooked frozen shrimp (medium to large)
Package of frozen pre-chopped onions (found with frozen veggies)
Handful or two of dried parsley flakes
Tablespoon or two of pre-chopped jarred garlic
1 15oz can of tomatoes (stewed, diced, etc.) More if you want.
1 tsp dried thyme
1 to 1.5 cups of water
Coconut oil cooking spray
If you’re using rice, boil a large pot and get your rice going according to package directions. I use a dedicated steamer for mine. Perfect rice every time.
Thaw your shrimp under cold running water and remove tails if needed. (Using hot water would cook the already-cooked shrimp more, making them tough.)
Heat a large pot or cast iron dutch oven, add coconut oil.
Cut sausage into 1 inch pieces.
In the pot, add chopped onions and cook until translucent, then add the garlic and parsley. Stir and cook a minute or two.
Add tomatoes, thyme, salt, and water. Bring to boil.
Add sausage, bring down to simmer, then add shrimp. Cook only until shrimp is hot (a few minutes).
Serve over rice.
Of course, you can buy fresh ingredients and chop everything yourself, but my goals with this recipe were speed, high protein, and low carb (since I usually skip the rice.) You can also buy uncooked shrimp, fresh garlic cloves and all that, but again I’m going for fast and convenient here.
This comes together in just 15 to 20 minutes and you’ll have enough leftover for several meals.
Oh, by the way, the heath benefits I mentioned come from the garlic and onions. Some info on that here if you’re interested: <a href="http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/8_more_power_foods"target=“new”>8 More Power Foods.
Enjoy this one and, as always, feel free to play around with it and post your variations and pics below!