Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix
a one-pot wonder
I was first introduced to Zatarain's Jambalaya on my first official date with my husband. Although his (former) step-mom was serving spaghetti, she also cooked a box of this special stuff because it is one of my father-in-law's favorite foods. Essentially, jambalaya is a spicy rice-dish from Louisiana. Authentic recipes include variety of fresh vegetables and an assortment of meats, such as chicken, ham, smoked sausage, or shrimp. After one bite, I was hooked.
What I like about Zatarain's Jambalaya is it is quick and easy to prepare, requires only one pot, and is relatively inexpensive. It is a great option for weeknight meals, and I swear it tastes better as leftovers than on the night I cook it. Better yet, it is available at essentially any grocery store, and it is versatile. If I want it a little milder, I add extra water and plain, uncooked white rice. If I want to change it up a bit, I add a fresh vegetable, like diced green bell pepper. No gluten-free sausage available? I can use cooked and diced chicken breast or ham instead. On top of everything else, the smaller packages are even labeled gluten-free! (You can learn more about Zatarain's other gluten-free products here.)
- Gather your ingredients:
- 1-2 boxes of Zatarain's Jambalaya Mix
- Gluten-free meat of choice (cooked chicken, ham, sausage or shrimp--see package for amount)*
- Water (see package for amount)
- 1 green bell pepper optional
- Small amount of uncooked white rice (see package for amount) optional
*I used Hormel brand's Natural Choice Original Smoked Sausage, purchased at Target.