Last Minute Jambalaya: A Quirky Twist on the Real Deal.

Let me be clear here, I’ve never made a true Jambalaya.  I’ve never even tasted one.  This recipe was a thrown together dish one night with things we had left in our pantry and fridge.  You know those nights; you peek into the fridge, scavenge the shelves, and think to yourself, “Shoot, I shoulda gone grocery shopping, like, five days ago.  WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT??”  Well, this haphazard dish happens to be one of our faves now.  It just happens to look similar to the real deal.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup rice of your choice
  • 1 lb. of shrimp (I used frozen)
  • 1 red bell pepper in big chopped pieces
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 of a red onion chopped
  • a handful of scallions
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley
  • ****curry paste or sauce to your taste.  The more you add, the spicier the dish.  This brings the dish together!

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. If you are using bagged brown rice like me, start preparing it about 15-20 minutes beforehand.  This rice takes a lot of time to soften and uses more water than the white.  You definitely don’t need to use brown rice though.  You still should start your rice first as everything else doesn’t take very long!  I use a rice cooker which makes this process super easy.
  2. Chop up your red pepper, onion, pineapple, and scallions.
  3. Saute your veggies in the oil (all except scallions).  Cover to steam and soften.
  4. Start sauteing the shrimp in the oil and seasonings/herbs.  You want them to lose their transparency.  Be sure not to overcook or they will get rubbery, yuck.  This takes between 5-10 minutes.

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      5.  Add the veggies in with the shrimp.  Saute together in your preference of curry paste or sauce.  I use the following                    brand.  It has quite a bit of heat, so I only use about 2 tablespoons. Below are two seasonings I add to my dish that                  give it some WOW factor.  If you can get your hands on some, they.  are.  awesome.

     6.  Add the beans to your mix!  Saute together.

     7.  Add the scallions to the mix.

     8.  Place your veggies and shrimp atop the rice!  Nom nom nom.

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Shrimp is a great choice for meals if you’re looking for lean dishes but you want more than just the greens and veggies.  It can be seasoned in a number of ways to get some meat into diverse meal options.

Get your creole (kinda) on.

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