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Simple Cajun-Style Chicken, Sausage and Rice

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This healthier version of a traditional New Orleans favorite does not lack in flavor and is a great comfort meal for a chilly evening. I used an Instant Pot to make it even quicker, but it can be made on the stovetop, if desired. You can also add shrimp for a more traditional Jambalaya dish. 

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Ingredients

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  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil (or other high smoke point oil)
  • 1 pound chicken breast 
  • 4-5 chicken sausage links (I used Trader Joe’s Spicy Jalepeño) 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 cups rice, cauliflower rice, or Right Rice (I used 2 cups Spanish Right Rice)
  • 2 Tbsp spicy seasoning blend* 
  • 2 cups organic bone broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 

Spicy Seasoning Blend (this will make enough for extra to store for next time)*

  • 2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground fennel
  • 1 Tbsp ground oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Himalayan sea salt

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Instructions

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Step 1

Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Place chicken breasts in the pot and lightly brown each side for about 5 minutes each. 

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Step 2

Place chicken sausages, onion, garlic, celery and bell peppers in pot and sauté for about 2-3 more minutes. 

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Step 3

Add all other ingredients (rice, spices and broth and Worcestershire sauce). Ensure broth completely covers the rice. 

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Step 4

Secure the lid and set the pressure release to “sealing”. Set the cooking time for 10 minutes at high pressure.

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Step 5

Once done, let the pressure release by switching the valve to “venting” and serve! 

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Variations

You can add shrimp or serve with pasta instead of rice. This recipe can be made without an instant pot/pressure cooker by using a crock pot for extended time or on the stove top! 

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Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Quick, simple, and delicious dinner!

Serves: 4  

Ingredients:

  • 2 small zucchini
  • 4 Italian sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 mini sweet mini peppers (or 1 large bell pepper)
  • 1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, optional.

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cut ends from zucchini and slice in half.
  3. Remove center portion from zucchini and set aside.
  4. Place zucchini halves in shallow baking pan with 1/2-in. water and place in preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, dice onion, peppers, and middle portion of zucchini that was set aside.
  6. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in large skillet pan and add onion and minced garlic until translucent and fragrant. Add peppers, zucchini and sausage and cook until sausage is cooked through.   img_0386.png
  7. Once zucchini halves are done, remove from oven and drain excess water.
  8. Pour pizza sauce around bottom of baking pan, add sausage mixture, and top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top, cover with foil and bake for about 15 more minutes.                               img_0387.png
  9. Remove foil, put oven on BROIL and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is browned (if using).
  10. Cool and enjoy! img_0388.png