Another ridiculously easy one pot meal from the kitchen table! So we are still in the hotel, and still trying to come up with recipes from my, limited, repertoire that I have the equipment to prepare here on site. This is a simplified Jambalaya, anyone who’s ever made real jambalaya will read this and realize it’s like calling Stouffer’s frozen lasagna real lasagna, so no one should be getting huffy. There got the disclaimer out-of-the-way. The other thing I feel like I should mention is that where I am normally against anything that comes in a box, just add water, is not a real meal should never be a staple in your kitchen, too many preservatives, salt, etc. However, when I have an hour between our day and bedtime, or Mommy is sick, this’ll do in a pinch.
1 pkg Kielbasa Sausage (about 1 lb)
1 Family Sized box Zataran’s Jambalaya Reduced Sodium (you can use whatever brand you like, but this is the only one I have found in reduced sodium)
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes (low sodium again)
1 bag in-the-bag instant brown rice
Prepare in-the-bag rice, drain & set aside.
Cut sausage into bite sized slices (about ¾ inch thick). Brown sausage.
Leaving sausage & any oil from cooking the sausage in pan, add water* in the amount directed on package. Do Not add the oil as directed on the package. Bring to a boil. Add jambalaya mix, return to boil.
Add tomatoes, brown rice and corn, stir. Let continue at low setting with the lid off for about 5 minutes, until almost all of liquid is absorbed.
Turn off heat, put onto plates and let sit for about a minute. The liquid will set, add veggie side (we like nice cool raw carrots with this) and enjoy!
*Drain liquid from tomatoes & corn into measuring cup & fill the rest of the way with water to the required amount. This will save a lot of those nutrients that are lost in the water when veggies get canned or boiled. This will also help “mild out” this dish for our younger eaters.
Notes: Adding rice & veggies after cooking also reduces the heat of this dish, which usually makes it more palatable for young kids who don’t like a lot of spice. If you & yours love the heat, add the rice etc at 15 minutes of boiling.