Vegan Jambalaya 1

I am such a big fan of weekends.  We had a little get together at our house for Hubby’s birthday and we such a great time!!  We even ended up whipping out the Kinect and dance game and having a dance battle party!! So much fun.

Speaking of fun, I think this dish is like a party.  The flavors are fun and for me they are outside of the norm.  And it makes me happy, like being around friends.  I love my friends.  They thrash around the living room with me, in front of other people.  And everyone just cheers each other on.  That is true friendship!

Vegan Jambalaya

I used red bell peppers in here, because generally I like the colored varieties better than the green ones, but I actually think the green would have been a little better.  The red are a little sweeter, and I think the green would have been a good contrast to the other flavors in here.  In cajun cooking, the “Holy Trinity” (the base for most traditional recipes) is onion, celery, and green bell peppers.  I guess it’s a classic for a reason, and I love how veggie-ful this dish ended up being!!

When I first added the rice I had a bit of time where I panicked that 1 cup wasn’t nearly enough rice.  Once it all cooked up though I was glad I didn’t start desperately throwing more in there because it ended up to be the right ratio of rice to other stuffs.  Yay, and phew!

It seems like it takes a while to cook this, but it is all passive time.  So you can spend most of the time relaxing.  Or thrashing dancing around your living room ;)

Health highlight of celery:  Do you ever suffer from acid reflux?  Next time you do, try munching on some celery.  It is highly alkaline and rich in natural sodium, which helps balance acidity in your body.  For some, this can help relieve symptoms of acid reflux!  Celery has many other health benefits too: it is very anti-inflammatory, very good for digestion as it has been shown specifically anti-inflammatory in the digestive tract, and is high in fiber.   It also contains prebiotics, which work in conjunction with the famous probiotics by promoting the growth of the good bacteria.

Vegan Jambalaya 2

Vegan Jambalaya
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 – 8oz package Tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
  • 3 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 Onions (diced)
  • 6 ribs Celery (chopped)
  • 3 Bell Peppers (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 cup Brown Rice (uncooked)
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth (I like this brand)
  • 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add the Tempeh, Olive Oil, and Cajun Seasoning
  2. Cook until the tempeh begins to brown, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the Onions to the pot, continue cooking on medium heat about 3 minutes
  4. Add the Celery, Bell Peppers, Smoked Paprika, Brown Rice, Veggie Broth, and Diced Tomatoes, stir well
  5. Allow to come to a boil
  6. Place a lid on the pot, and turn the heat down to low
  7. Allow to simmer about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender (check your rice package for cook time)
  8. Once the rice is tender, taste for seasoning – add salt to your liking
  9. Serve it up and Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)

Today is also Earth Day!! I love Earth Day, I remember loving it even when I was a kid.  I attended a green living event about a year ago, where I shared some facts I love about “greening your food”.  If you are interested in checking it out, you can find it here. :) I hope you have a wonderful Earth Day!!

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