Trim Healthy Mama Jambalaya (E)
I’m not normally a fan of rice or beans, but I do like my jambalaya. And since I’m not a fan of seafood, jambalaya means rice, beans, sausage and chicken. But if you’re trying to follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this can get kind of tricky, since jambalaya typically contains Andouille sausage and dark meat chicken and these meats contain more fat than allowed on an E meal.
But I figured there had to be a way to get my jambalaya fix and still keep it THM friendly. And I was right. It just took a little measuring and planning. But hey, now I know what I need for my trim healthy mama jambalaya. And I’m writing it down here so I know for later. 😉
This should make about 5 1 cup servings. For one serving of this you will come close to maxing out your carbs and fat for an E meal and get about a cup of food. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it looks like a lot when it’s on your plate.
Collard or mustard greens are a great accompaniment to this dish to help fill you up. I got pretty full on this! I am putting the amounts needed for one serving so I can give the net carbs/fat. You can multiply as needed.
1 can red kidney beans
2 cups cooked brown rice
4 oz Turkey Sausage, chopped into very small pieces (3 net carbs + 3.5 grams fat) Make sure it is a lower fat sausage. I used Oscar Meyer Turkey sausage. It is 4.5 grams fat for a 2 oz serving and I used less than that per serving.
1 13 oz canned chicken breast. Canned is an easy option for this, but you can cook your own skinless breast if you want and use a cup. I chicken breast should do it.
1/3 cup chopped onion
First, cook your rice. I use a rice cooker because when I try it on the stove it turns out gummy. Love the rice cooker! For best flavor, use chicken broth. You will be adding flavor later, so you can use water if you prefer.
Start cooking your beans. If using canned beans, I recommend rinsing them thoroughly then adding water. Add Emeril’s cajun seasoning to taste ( I like about 2 tsp) and simmer on med-low.
Next, cook your sausage. It should already be cooked, but you want to get it heated and seared, then add the chicken and onion. I use a cast iron pan for this. Sprinkle about 1 TBSP of Emeril’s cajun seasoning over your meat. More or less, depending how spicy you like it!
Remove the meat from the pan and put the rice in the pan. Add a little bit of water (maybe 1/4 cup or so) and stir around to mix with the pan juices and make “dirty rice.”
Add the meat back into the pan with the rice and add the beans. Mix it all together and serve with veggies of your choice. Collard/mustard greens go well with this!
Remember, try to stick with a 1 cup serving and supplement with greens or other veggies!
I’m still pretty new to THM, so if you see anything that needs correcting, please let me know!