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Monday, January 17, 2011

Week 4: Jambalaya

1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 minced garlic clove
1 cup uncooked rice
1 tea chili powder
1 tea pepper
1 tea oregano
1/2 tea onion powder
1/2 tea thyme
1/4 tea garlic salt
1 bay leaf
32 ou chicken broth
3/4 cup water
1 tea hot sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
6 ou smoked sausage
1 lb shrimp

Add all ingredients, except shrimp, to crock pot.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours.  Add shrimp during last 30 minutes of cooking.

This recipe was so easy and turned out wonderful!  I just ate it with bread.  I found the recipe online and then adapted it for the crock pot, with a few minor changes.  I used smoked turkey sausage to cut out some of the fat.  Also used lowfat, low sodium chicken broth.  For the shrimp, I just used pre-cooked frozen shrimp.  Make sure to use regular rice and not instant.  Also a great recipe to change and make your own.  If you don't like sausage or shrimp, leave one out!  Also add chicken thighs or cubed chicken breasts with the sausage at the beginning.  This was my first attempt at rice in the crock pot and I was a bit skeptical, but it turned out perfect.  I did some research and found that to cook rice properly in the crock pot, use 2 cups of liquid to every 1 cup of rice.  However, as this was cooking, the liquid disappeared and  I ended up adding 4 cups of broth to 1 cup rice.  If you use this recipe on the stove instead of the crock pot, make sure to cut out some of the broth.  Enjoy!


  1. Can you think of anything to substitute for the shrimp and sausage to make this vegetarian? I could use soy sausage, but I'm not sure what to use to replace the shrimp! Mushrooms?

  2. I know a lot of people like to put okra in jambalaya or gumbo. I'm not a fan of okra, so I don't know how to cook it or when you would add it to the pot, but if you like it give it a try. Some fresh spinach might be good too.

  3. Hi Alison, I just found your blog and I look forward to watching your challenge unfold. I love my slow cooker (I have a Hamilton Beach) and would like to use it more often. I think I will try your Jambalaya recipe. I grew up in Louisiana and need to make more meals from my Cajun heritage. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Good luck as you continue the cooking!