Meal Prep – next week’s lunch! Keto Jambalaya

It was shopping day today, so I made the plans for next weeks meals.  I love jambalaya but can’t have the rice so I found a great Keto friendly version.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1.5 tablespoon minced garlic)
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1lb chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 8oz smoked turkey sausage, cut into chunks
  • 8oz jumbo raw shrimp (peeled, deveined)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 8oz tomato sauce (no salt if available)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • Seasonings
    • sea salt to taste
    • black pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon thyme
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

STEPS

  1. Prepare the cauliflower rice by placing raw cauliflower florets in a food processor or blender.  Pulse blend until the cauliflower has a rice-like texture. Careful not to over do it so that the cauliflower becomes minced.
    • Pro-tip:  Cauliflower has a LOT of water and often times it can make recipes “soupy.” Empty the cauliflower contents onto a cheesecloth and wrap it up like a ball. Squeeze the ball of cauliflower in order to get out all of the water. Once you squeeze out the most amount of water as possible, empty the contents onto another dry piece of cheesecloth and repeat. After squeezing the second time, I like to spread the cauliflower out on a paper towel and let it air dry for at least 20 minutes so that it can be as dry as possible.
  2. Set a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat and add olive oil, garlic and red onions.  Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the onion to brown.  Be careful not to let the garlic burn.
  3. Add the chicken and turkey sausage and cook until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink, about 6 to 8 minutes
  4. Add bell pepper, celery and cherry tomatoes.  Stir.  Then, add tomato sauce and the seasonings.  Stir and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Fold in the cauliflower rice and the raw shrimp.  Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth, tomato paste. Add a few pinches of sea salt and pepper, then stir it up.  Reduce the heat to medium and cover.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Uncover, then remove the skillet from the heat, stir it up and allow the jambalaya to “breathe” and thicken.  Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

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