Hello veggie lovers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I’m here with some more delicious food that is simple to make. Jambalaya is such a great dish to make for many reasons. It is so versatile when it comes to ingredients. I also love it because it is a one pot dish which means less dishes to clean! In 3o minutes you can whip up this warming, filling, dish that is delicious and good for you!
Jambalaya is a delicious and flavorful combination of rice, vegetables, and spices. Traditionally it is combined with meat and seafood, but this recipe will leave those out.
I added some sliced veggie dogs to this recipe, but they are totally optional. I have made jambalaya many times without, and it is fantastic just the same!
I dont eat a lot of fake meat, but I was craving hot dogs with sauerkraut this week. I had been wanting to try the Field Roast Band Frankfurters, and they turned out to be really good! I had a couple left over so I decided to throw them in my jambalaya. Yum!!
Dishes like this always remind me of the days when I didn’t know how to cook well. Back when I used to cook things like hamburger helper.
Yup, I admit it. I use to eat hamburger helper. I also ate Kraft mac and cheese with hot dogs.
I became a mother at a very young age. Yes, I was a teen mom, long before you could get your own TV show.
It’s getting a little real up in here, so skip to the recipe if you want, but if you can identify, stay with me for a minute.
I was a young, poor, uneducated mother who was living on her own, and trying to figure life out. This was back when the internet wasn’t quite as accessible as it is now, and you couldn’t just google the answers to all life’s issues. Recipes, and healthy living, came in the form of books and magazines, which are not something you are spending money on when you are living paycheck to paycheck.
I knew the basics, that vegetables were good, but when you are just trying to survive, you do your best. As a mom I thought, wow, a meal in a box for cheap!
As I got older, and more educated, I began to learn more about food, health, and cooking. As my love of cooking grew, I took culinary classes and from there my knowledge has grown every day. I began learning that healthy fresh food can also be affordable.
The growth of the internet also had a huge impact. Anyone in the millennial generation like me, will know the impact of free accessible information has had on people, especially poor people.
The point of this story is that we are all learning new things every day.
You can’t blame yourself for not knowing things in the past, you can only move forward with the knowledge you have now.
If I had a nickel for every time I have thought “If I had known this back in the day…”
You also don’t have to compare yourself to every perfect looking yogi-smoothie-making-avacado-toast-eating-macha-drinking healthy hipster out there. No one is perfect, that would be boring and annoying. We all learn and grow every day and we NEVER make it to our “perfect” selves, so don’t even try.
If you were eating crap your whole life, that’s OK. Today is a new day.
15 years ago I was eating hamburger helper, today I am having healthy veggie jambalaya.
Bell peppers, onion, and celery are the base for this great dish. It is still amazing to me sometimes that the simplest combinations are usually the best.
I added in some jalapeno for some fresh spice, and some garlic because, well, always garlic.
You can buy Cajun or Creole seasoning for this recipe or make your own. You can also use any seasoning that you like. That is one of the great things about vegetable and rice dishes, they are so versatile when it comes to flavor additions.
This is one of those recipes that just gets better with age. Leftovers are double yum.
I dolloped the top of my bowl of jambalaya with dairy free sour cream and it was divine.
Make it, eat it, enjoy!
- ½ Cup Brown Rice
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 1 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
- 1 Can diced Tomatoes
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 1 Jalapeno
- 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning
- 2 to 3 Cups Vegetable Stock
- 2 Veggie Dogs sliced into rounds
- ½ Cup Chopped Parsley
- Chop bell peppers, jalapeno, celery, and onion and place in a large skillet. Add a couple Tbs of water or stock to prevent sticking.
- Saute for 3 to 5 minutes on heat until veggies soften.
- Add garlic and Cajun seasoning and saute another minute.
- Add 2 Cups vegetable stock, tomatoes and there juices, veggie dogs, and rice.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until rice is soft, about 20 minutes. Add more vegetable stock if needed.
- When cooking is complete, stir in Italian parsley.