I, like many of you readers, am on a budget. Careers in biology are full of adventures, but also full of low paying seasonal jobs. The first time I made this recipe, it was to impress a boy (it worked!) but I was living in an apartment with only a mini fridge, hot plate, microwave, and crock pot. I worked from 4am to noon, threw this together in the crock pot, took a nap, and then had a phenomenal date. This recipe is easy, delicious, and no one would guess it only cost about $15.
I spiced it up with some Alaskan Reindeer sausage I brought back to Vancouver from home, but that is understandably hard to come by. Any sausage will work, or for a vegan option you could substitute red beans lentils, garbanzo beans, or whatever your heart desires.
Poor Girls Jambalaya
- 3 ribs celery
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 3-4 cloves garlic (based on your taste)
- 12. smoked sausage
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about .5 – 1 lb)
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ Tbsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- Freshly cracked pepper (15-20 cranks of a mill)
- 2 15oz. cans diced tomatoes (or one 28oz. can)
- ¼ bunch fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
- Turn on a 4Q slow cooker to begin preheating
- Dice the celery, onion, and bell pepper and add to the slow cooker.
- Add the spices, the garlic, basil, thyme, paprika, cayenne
- Add the tomato paste, meat, rice, and broth
- Stir well to combine, make sure that all the rice is in the liquid, not stuck on the edges of the pot.
- Sprinkle the parsley on top and cover.
- Cook on high for four hours.
- Top with more fresh parsley to serve.
(recipe adapted from https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/08/slow-cooker-jambalaya/ )