Healthy Jambalaya

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Our healthy jambalaya made with whole grain farro and succulent shrimp. Who could resist this spicy supper?!

Healthy Jambalaya Photo

Especially during the cold months, I love cooking jambalaya, a classic Louisiana Creole dish made with rice and spices. I enjoy it so much mainly because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes special and unique, with lots of rich and bold flavors.

Healthy Jambalaya Picture

In other words, it’s a hot, delicious, and complete meal to enjoy without a lot of dishes to wash later – that’s a win-win recipe in my mind!

The version of jambalaya that I’ve been cooking these days is sort of an update or “healthy makeover” to the classic dish, which is often filled with several meats such as Andouille sausage. To make my jambalaya lower in calories and fat, I use shrimp and white beans instead. These two ingredients are perfect, scrumptious complements to the rich spices and tomato-based sauce in this dish.

Uncooked Farro Photo

Also, instead of rice, I use farro. Farro is a grain that is very similar to rice, but it cooks faster and contains more healthy fiber and filling protein. I also prefer the taste of farro as compared to other grains such as rice – it has a chewy, nutty flavor that holds up really well in a one-pot meal like this one.

Jambalaya Saute Photo

To make this dish rich in flavor, I begin by sautéing the classic Creole trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper.

Jambalaya Spices Photo

Then I add the farro along with some chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, and a special blend of spices (the spices are the key to unique and bold Creole flavor of this dish). The spice blend includes garlic powder, bay leaves, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Regular paprika also works well in this recipe, but I recommend smoked paprika if you can get your hands on it - it adds such a rich, savory flavor to the final dish.

Simmering Jambalaya Photo

When the veggies and farro have simmered away and are tender, add some cannellini beans and plenty of wild-caught shrimp (I use frozen uncooked shrimp that has been peeled and deveined to save lots of time and work – just toss the shrimp into the pot and it cooks in about 5 minutes!).

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And the dish is ready to serve!

This jambalaya is savory, smoky, and richly flavored, with a hint of spiciness. And the fresh veggies and spices simmered in tomato broth are so delicious with the white beans and shrimp (and so packed with nutrition too)!

Healthy Jambalaya Pic

It’s a complete, richly flavorful, healthy meal, all in one pot!

Healthy Jambalaya Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, Plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 small Onion, Chopped
  • 5 stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 1 cup Green Bell Pepper, Large, chopped
  • 1 cup Farro
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 13 ounces Strained Tomatoes, Or tomato puree
  • 3 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 15 oz can Cannellini Beans, Thoroughly drained and rinsed
  • 30 Wild Caught Frozen Uncooked Shrimps, Peeled and deveined
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, celery, bell pepper, farro, bay leaves, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and strained tomatoes. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, stir until combined, and bring to a boil.
  5. When broth begins to boil, reduce to a light simmer, cover, and cook, stirring frequently.
  6. When most of the broth is reduced down and vegetables and farro are nearly tender, after about 15-17 minutes, add the white beans and shrimp.
  7. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper. When the shrimp are cooked through, after about 5 minutes, serve.

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Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.