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

What I’ve been eating…

Greek Salad Shrimp dinner Turkey Meatballs & Rice

Just a few of my meals lately.

The first is a super tasty chicken greek salad with crumbled feta cheese, black olives, 1/2 cup plain chicken(with salt and pepper of course!), assorted vegetables(tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red/green pepper, green onion, carrots etc.) Topped with greek feta olive oil dressing! (I have also eaten this with italian dressing and pecans and it is amazing!)

Another recipe I had been dying to try was redoing my lemon sweet sauce with shrimp and creating a shrimp stir-fry. It turned out really well! If you look at my past recipe I just decreased the amount of lemon a bit and added a few extra green onions/ginger/ and red pepper flakes. I also toasted the almonds a little more for a nicer flavour. Yum!

Dinner was some leftover spaghetti sauce & meatballs from another one of my recipes on top of half a cup of rice with a sprinkle of parmesan. I actually preferred the sauce after it sat in the freezer for a few days! It’s as if all the flavours combined together better than before and I loved it on top of rice vs. pasta. It just changes thing up a bit!

Let me know what you think of my latest eats 🙂 Talk to you all later!

Lunch & Healthy Snacks :)

Salad

Snack

Protein Bar

Protein Edge Bar

Snacks from yesterday 🙂

Snack was this awesome spicy hummus you should go buy immediately, with spinach and herb wheat thins and half a large carrot. On the side I had two turkey meatballs left over from my healthy spaghetti and meatballs recipe along with some mustard (best combo ever, maybe even better than with spaghetti sauce!).

Lunch was a nice turkey/ham sandwich on rye with sweet pickles, mustard, lettuce and cheddar cheese. On the side I had a super delicious spinach salad with my usual assorted veggies, green onion, fat-free italian dressing and the best part..crumbled goat cheese! Yum!

My Second snack today was this new protein bar I wanted to try. It wasn’t bad but I have definitely had better! It was still a good 15g of extra protein.

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