Healthy Spicy Jambalaya!

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If you’ve ever had good Jambalaya then you know how amazing it can be! I mean what is better than shrimp, sausage and chicken all in one bowl? Uh..nothing. These are 3 of my favourite things so when I went out for dinner the other night I knew what I was ordering! Plus I love everything spicy..so that was just the cherry on top of the cake. After devouring my delicious meal, I knew I had to try and re-create this awesome dish at home..because well, let’s just say the restaurant version could not exactly be considered “healthy”. So I went to work in the kitchen and created this little masterpiece! And although it took a little more work, it was totally worth it and turned out better than I had expected! I hope you enjoy this dinner for one as much as I did!

Ingredients:

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-5 Jumbo shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and thawed

-1 cooked sweet italian turkey sausage or spicy italian turkey sausage sliced (I used the maple leaf sweet italian brand)

-1.5 ounces of barbecue or blacked chicken chopped into bite sized pieces (or you could sub regular plain chicken!)

-1/4 of a large green pepper sliced thinly

-1/4 of large onion sliced thinly

-1/8-1/4 tsp  garlic powder

-1/4-1/2 tsp paprika

-1/8 tsp thyme

-1 tsp fresh oregano(could sub 1/4-1/2 tsp dried)

-salt/pepper to taste

-1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes(or to taste)

-sprinkle of cayenne pepper(More or less based on how spicy you want it)

(All amount of spices can be changed to fit your own taste!)

-1/4 cup brown rice uncooked=1/3 cup cooked (cook as directed, I cooked it with just a dash of salt)

-1/4 cup prego pasta sauce or another tomato/marinara sauce

-Optional: Grated or dry parmesan cheese and additional oregano for topping.

Directions: Cook your rice. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and rotate pan to coat it. Add your garlic powder. Once hot, toss in onions to cook for a minute or two, using a little water and a lid to help steam them.(make sure not to burn them!) Then add peppers, stir for a bit until cooked to your liking, then add meats and all other seasonings expect fresh oregano (if using dry then just add it now). Next add your rice and sauce. Stir it all a bit more to combine everything and warm the entire dish. Now add your oregano and pour your Jambalaya into a bowl. Top with optional (but recommended!) parmesan cheese, additional fresh oregano and  dig in. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts(using homemade BBQ chicken): 387calories 14g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein, 5g fibre

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