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If you like cajun flavor, then this recipe for a lightened-up jambalaya is for you! Shrimp and chicken sausage plus a ton of veggies will delight your tastebuds.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 cups green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. jalapeno slices
  • 1 lb. Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 1 cup water
  • 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked wild brown rice

Start by heating your oil in a large skillet. Add in the onions, peppers, jalapenos and garlic. Saute for about five minutes, stirring frequently.

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While your veggies are cooking, chop up your pound of Italian chicken sausage. I opted for mild, but you could certainly use hot to spice it up a bit more. I cut mine into large pieces and removed the casing in the process.

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Add the chicken sausage to the veggies and cook for an additional 10 minutes or so until the sausage is no longer pink.

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Add in the water, crushed tomatoes, thyme, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper and the uncooked rice. Cover, reduce to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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After 30 minutes, stir to make sure the rice is tender. Add in your cooked shrimp and simmer for another five minutes.


Ta-dah! You have yourself an easy and tasty jambalaya. If you like it spicy, you can also stir in additional cajun seasoning or even a little hot sauce!