Easy Lower-Calorie Jambalaya

Good Morning Bloggies!  Did you all do your homework from yesterday?  I hope so.  It’s a great way to start the week.  I have three topics today.  Three???  Yes, but don’t worry, I’ll be brief.  First I’d like to share a new recipe with you.  I made it up last night, and I think it turned out pretty well.  Next, I’d like to share a tidbit of brew news.  Lastly, well… you’ll see.

Lower Calorie Jambalaya

  • 4 servings brown rice and more water than necessary
  • Hot sauce (if you like it hot)
  • With 4-5 tsp olive or canola oil, divided
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 jalapenos (diced and not totally necessary-these were pretty mild)
  • Half of one bell pepper (diced)
  • 1.5 cups diced celery (or about 5 stalks/stems)
  • 1 tsp Cajun spices (I think it’s mainly cayenne pepper, onion powder, and chili powder.)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can kidney beans (rinsed, drained)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with juice)
  •  0.75 lb shrimp (peeled)

The Yum Stuff

  1. Cook rice while prepping the other ingredients.  This generally takes 45 minutes.  I added my hot sauce to the rice during this time.  Be sure to use a large pot for this.
  2. Add two tsp oil to large frying pan, and cook onion, jalapenos, bell pepper, and celery.  After a few minutes, add spices and continue cooking until soft (approximately 10 minutes)
  3. Add half the tomatoes to the pan and the other half with juice to the rice.  Add the can of beans to the rice as well.  You may need to add more water to rice, but this depends upon how soup-like you want your jambalaya.  (Mine was a little less soupy than I would have wished.)  The burner under the big pot should be on very low heat.
  4. When rice is finished cooking, add vegetables from the pan to the pot of rice.  Keep burner on medium-high.
  5. Add one or two tsp oil to pan, and sauté half the shrimp.  These only cook a few minutes and should be cooked only until they turn pink.  Scrape bottom of pan for extra spices that may have stuck.  Transfer shrimp to pot.  Repeat with remaining shrimp and oil.
  6. I had a teeny bit of white wine in the fridge while I was cooking, so I added a splash of white wine while cooking the shrimp.  It was delicious and fragrant but totally unnecessary.  You could also boil the shrimp if you prefer.
  7. Mix all ingredients in the big pot.  Add salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce to taste.


    Who you callin shrimp?

I added extra beans to Kev’s bowl because he eats more than I do (hints the extra can in the first picture).  I wouldn’t recommend this though because he complained about it.  If you have a hungry eater, it’s worth considering.  This will feed us two nights, so it’s 4 servings.  Hurray for leftovers!

My Bowl of Amazun Cajun

In other news, today kicks off craft beer week.  Try looking around for events and celebrations in your area; it’s a nation-wide event.  In the words of Miley, “Party in the U.S.A.!”

Lastly, I’m still not over this darling haircut.  I hate that it makes me feel old, but I love the way it holds curl.  I guess I don’t feel too “old” today while rocking the headband.


Gotta Love Spring

By the way, I totally skipped my workout today.  Crazy, right?  I just wasn’t feeling it.  I’ll go to the gym tonight though to make up for the difference.  I’m just doing my Women’s Health workout, so it shouldn’t be too dreadful.  I’ve gotta save up my leg energy this week.  Perhaps I’ll tell you why tomorrow!

25 Comments to “Easy Lower-Calorie Jambalaya”

  1. My husband brews his own beer (as in the full on chemical set in the kitchen for two days not the Mr. Beer stuff). He’s made some really great beers, have y’all considered trying it if you haven’t already? I’m going to forward him that website for Craft Beer Week.
    As for your workout, I skipped all weekend too. Back at it again tonight though. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I haven’t tried home brewing yet. It sounds fun but challenging! Yeast aren’t the easiest little buggars to deal with, so cheers to him!

  3. Yum! I would totally make this sans the shrimp since I’m not a sea person 😉

    • I think sausage would be a fantastic substitute. It wouldn’t be as low-cal, but I know Trader Joe’s has some mouth-watering spicy and natural chicken sausages. Mmmmm!

  4. Loving the recipe – I would love to give this a try – seems easy but hearty with plenty of leftovers…just up my alley!!!

  5. Thanks for linking up today:)

    This sounds divine.

  6. LOVE the recipe! Lower calorie and EASY is the way to go. 🙂

    And your hair is adorable. I wish my ends looked that good…[It’s very 1950s with its flip. As I wish I lived inthe 1950s sometimes…I love it.]

  7. Can you believe I have never had or made jambalaya!?! It looks delicious so I really can’t think of why not.
    I am loving your spring outfit today.
    Thanks again for stopping by my blog!

  8. i love your haircut/style! still enough length that you can switch up the styling (like from your photo yesterday to today) – very nice!
    have fun at the gym – glad you’re going with your vibe for your workout today!

  9. I like dishes like this that are easy to make healthy. Great recipe.

  10. you look lovely in the last photo 🙂 must be all that healthy food you eat!

  11. Sounds delicious! One of these days I’m going to get into some home brewing. It’s something I’ve always thought about doing but hitting the store on my way home just happens too easily. See you on aisle 11 😉

  12. Good morning from Tokyo!

    Tiff, thanks for stopping by my blog to comment. Your words were so kind, and meant alot to me. I may be a New Orleans gal through and through, but I don’t see how a person couldn’t be moved by what they’re seeing on the news. Perhaps so many disasters are taking place because nature is finding a way to rebalance itself, I don’t know. It’s just a hard thing to see when homes and lives are being uprooted.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading through your past blog entries. You had me at “jambalaya”! Ha! I know one Husband that will flip when he reads this recipe. I don’t suppose it will make my hair look as lusterous as yours will it?

    Take care and have a wonderful week! It’s been so nice to “meet” you.



  13. You are SuPeR cute!! I love the skirt! I have never had jambalaya before..giulty yes..can’t believe it. I dunno why?? It looks yummy!

  14. Ive never even had jambalaya before! Im not very good at trying new things, I get way to nervous that I am going to hate it and it will ruin the entire meal. It looks delicious though!

  15. I love the haircut! My hair won’t hold a curl at all!! And also, I haven’t been reading your blog long enough to know where you’re from yet, but in case you’re interested, the 2nd Annual World Beer Festival will be in Richmond, June 18th!

  16. ohh I love the look of that jambalaya! We have only made it at home once and it didn’t taste great so I would love to try your recipe 🙂

    Your haircut doesn’t look old at all, very beautiful AND youthful 🙂

  17. I love jambalaya–so yummy! It’s one of my dad’s favorites, so we have it at least twice a the summer!

    P.S. Your hair looks so great in the picture of your outfit!

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