When I think of Jambalaya, the words quick and easy, would not typically come to mind. Not until I made this delicious and flavorful version. Typical Jambalaya can be really spicy, which is not appealing to most kids. This version still has the yummy Jambalaya flavor, just with a more mild heat making it the perfect veggie packed dinner for kids. Plus you will not believe how fast this meal can be whipped up. The best thing about this recipe is that you only use one-pot. For everything. One-pot Jambalaya Recipe for kids will definitely be on your menu!
When I make one pot meals, I use my reliable, amazing dutch oven. It cooks evenly, transfers from stove to oven perfectly, cleans easily, and it is just so pretty 🙂 Begin by placing your oil and veggies in the pot and sauteing until tender – about 5 minutes.
Add your protein. Typical jambalaya calls for chicken, sausage and shrimp. That is what our recipe uses, except we use turkey sausage just to lighten it up a bit. We don’t eat a lot of meat and so I put less meat in than a typical recipe.
After the protein comes the saucy goodness. You can use diced tomatoes in this recipe, but I like creamier texture of crushed tomatoes.
Add the rice and then you just let it simmer and soak up all of the yummy flavors. Once the rice is soft, then you add the shrimp. Because of the tender nature of shrimp, it does not need to cooked for very long at all.
Jambalaya is full of flavor, healthy veggies, and is a warm comforting meal that your family will want to serve month after month.