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Poor Girls Jambalaya

Poor Girls Jambalaya

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.jambalaya-2
  • Add the spices, the garlic, basil, thyme, paprika, cayenne
  • Add the tomato paste, meat, rice, and brothjambalaya-3jambalaya-4
  • 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.jambalaya-5
  • Top with more fresh parsley to serve. jambalaya


(recipe adapted from )


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