When you need a warm dish that is healthy, full of flavor and made in the crock pot, this recipe is for you. Healthy Crock Pot Jambalaya is perfect for Mardi Gras or a simple weeknight meal the family will love.
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So I am staying true to the commitment I made in my post Better Than Takeout Crock Pot Bourbon Pork to get back to bringing you healthy weeknight meal recipes. This Healthy Crock Pot Jambalaya recipe has all the flavors you love in a healthier crock pot version.
It will definitely keep you warm this winter. Feel free to add or subtract any of the proteins or veggies you family likes. The recipe is very versatile.
Blog at least one healthy slow cooker recipe a week. Today’s Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Fajitas is the first of 52. – FAIL – see below
Work on an editorial calendar that allows me to be a few weeks ahead on posts. – Somewhat pass but not great
Using the editorial calendar to work smarter to keep my ADD in check. There is always a million things I want to accomplish for the blog. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and I try to work on bits and pieces of everything. – Fail – I’m still all over the place, but getting better
Keep learning and improving my photography skills. – Pass – I am much better but still leaning. This year we tackle video
Spend more time in the evening with the family instead of blogging. – Probably Fail
Keep building relationships with other bloggers and grow followers to the blog and social media.- Pass– I have made new relationships and continue to grow. Monthly views growing
Grow my relationships with brands and generate new revenue streams. – Pass – The blog is starting to make income and many new opportunities await
So by early May I came to the realization that posting one crock pot recipe a week was a little bold.
I made the strawberry sauce for my Strawberry Sugar Muffins in the slow cooker but you could easily make it on the stove. but hey I am always looking for new slow cooker recipes since I am trying to post one recipe a week for a year. I think I need revise my expectations to 26 weeks of slow cooker recipes. Once a week is a little overwhelming and besides you can only make Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs so many ways. – Pass – I actually posted 27, check out all of them on my Crock Pot page. Time to write and e-book this year.
So that is my wrap up for 2016. It was a great year and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. My goals are mostly the same except to do better at time management, learn video, and bring a whole new look to Dad Whats 4 Dinner. Stay tuned!
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb . skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 lb . skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 green or red bell pepper seeded and chopped
- 1 cup celery (about 3 stalks) chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb . turkey smoked sausage cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 Tbsp salt-free Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 oz can diced tomatoes undrained, 14 1/2-
- 1 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies undrained, 14 1/2-
- 2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1 3/4 cups brown rice cooked
- 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce optional
- leaves Fresh parsley for garnish
- Coat inside of crock pot with cooking spray.
- Heat oil a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add chicken pieces and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often until slightly browned.
- Place chicken in crock pot.
- In the same skillet add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; sauté 4-5 minutes until crisp tender.
- Add onion mixture, turkey sausage, and next 7 ingredients, through chicken broth, to crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
- Cook rice according to package directions. Can be done the night before.[/i
- Add cooked rice, shrimp and hot sauce to crock pot.
- Cover and cook on high 15 minutes or until shrimp are done.
- Garnish with parsley leaves, if desired.
First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2017
Recipe modified from MyRecipes
I will be bringing my Healthy Crock Pot Jambalaya recipe to Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, What’s Cooking Wednesdays. Checkout my Link Parties page for other great places to find new recipes.
If you like my Healthy Crock Pot Jambalaya you will want to check out some of my other Slow Cooker recipes!
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