The Paleovangelist Goes Down South! Grain-Free Jambalaya Recipe

NutritionOk…so I didn’t really go down South. But I did take my cooking south of the border last night with this grain-free jambalaya recipe that reminds me of my southern heritage. And it. was. awesome. Truly awesome! I combined a whole bunch of cauliflower rice with bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, jalapeno and spicy andouille sausage (locally made here in New Hampshire!) to make this quick dinner that is ridiculously full of flavor.

Here’s how you can make this dish in your kitchen (makes 6 servings):

  • 2 heads of cauliflower, riced (click here for instructions)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced finely (keep the seeds for a spicier dish!)
  • 1 – 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 – 13.7 oz box crushed tomatoes
  • 3 links andouille sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 3/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat your favorite cooking fat in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Once the fat is hot, add the onion, garlic and celery to the pan and stir to coat in the fat. Cook until the onions have browned slightly and the vegetables have begun to soften, about 3 minutes. 2. Add the bell pepper and jalapeno to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened. 3. Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and stir to mix with the other vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste. (Don’t be afraid to be pretty liberal with the salt– there is a lot of cauliflower in the pan!) Cook the cauliflower, stirring occasionally, for about three minutes. 4. Add the diced tomatoes and the crushed tomatoes to the pan and stir to combine. Add in the spices (coriander, thyme and chili powder) and stir again. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the vegetable mixture for another 3-5 minutes, or until the cauliflower has softened. 5. While the vegetable mixture is cooking, add the sliced sausage to another pan on the stove (you really don’t need any fat in this pan!). Cook the sausage over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, flipping the slices half-way through until they are browned on both sides. 6. Add the sausage to the vegetable mixture and stir to combine. You are now ready to serve! We topped ours with chopped fresh cilantro and scallions, as well as some avocado– it was delicious! If you like your meals even spicier, add some hot sauce to the top. 7. EAT AND ENJOY! Jambalaya Please let me know how you like this dish if you decide to try it! We absolutely loved it 🙂

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