I dont know if it was the nasty weather here yesterday or what but Scott and I were both craving something hearty and having recently learned that cauliflower can be used as rice, I decided to make a jambalaya. It might have been my husband’s appetite but he said “this is definitely my new favorite!”. Tate and I loved it too (Alice hasn’t been around to try it yet). I thought it was going to be daunting to make but it was actually quite easy, and with Scott’s help, the cleanup wasn’t as bad.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 andouille sausage (I used Whole Food’s Wellshire turkey)
- 1 whole chicken (WF’s organic free range. Mine was 3 1/2 lbs)
- 6-8 garlic cloves (Trader Joe’s pre-pealed in the orange bag by the bags of spinach)
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
When I first woke up, I got the chicken ready for the slow cooker. I added a few shakes of salt, oregano, and thyme to cover the chicken, and then let it cook on low for 5 hours. Around lunch time, I cut up the sausage and cooked that in a large pan until almost brown. Set that aside, but still in the pan. Then, to make life easier, and since I was going to have to pull out my food processor anyway, I let it chop up my onions, green peppers, and even my garlic cloves. That was quick. I need to use that more often! Then, I added those veggies to the pan with the sausage, mixed it all together and let it cook on low for about 10 minutes. Then, back to the food blender, I added in the cauliflower to blend it until it because rice like, and then added that with the sausage and veggies. I mixed it all together so the flavors would mix but didn’t need to cook it much more.
Last few steps! Now, take the chicken out of the slower cooker but leave all of it’s juices in there. Debone the chicken, put all of the meat back in the cooker. Pour in all of your veggies and sausage with the chicken. Lastly, add in the tomato paste, a can of tomatoes, and all of the spices above and mix together. Place the lid back on the cooker for a bit longer to make sure the caulflower is cooked. Let it sit maybe 10 minutes and then enjoy! It was pretty awesome if I do say so myself!