We are rounding the corner in week three of the four-week ‘Healthy New Year’ promotion that Virtual Potluck has been challenged with by California Olive Ranch and Bob’s Red Mill, our terrific sponsors!
Each week, we are cooking up fresh and healthy recipes to share with our readers using a whole grain from Bob’s Red Mill with the delicious olive oil from California Olive Ranch, followed by a giveaway of both products!
Last week the big winner was Cat, who by commenting on all of the Virtual Potluck blogs, is being sent four, yes I said four giveaways! That is eight wonderful products!
This week, I worked with Grande’ Whole Grains from Bob’s Red Mill, along with Miller’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil from California Olive Ranch. If you missed what happened to me last week, you can read about it here, and see what was cookin’ week one here!
Our challenge this time was a main dish, and since Mardi Gras Season has just kicked off here in the South, and I miss my old stomping grounds, I felt like making Grande’ Grains Jambalaya! There is often an argument over Cajun versus Creole, and my friend Stacey from Southern Bite shared this link from Tabasco, written by Tom Fitzmorris of New Orleans. I’m an old fan of Tom’s and Tabasco; I think it sums things up nicely, so I wanted to share it with you.
I pan toasted the entire bag of grains, as I knew I would use them in other dishes during the week if not all in the Jambalaya. I then boiled the Grand Grains for 45 minutes in low fat, low sodium chicken broth. I sauteed all other ingredients (andouille separately) in my Millers Blend Olive oil, and set all aside using a Dutch oven. I rinsed the Grande’ Grains quickly in hot water, put them in the Dutch oven, tossed all of the ingredients together, and let sit for 15 minutes with the lid on the pot for the flavors to marry; reheated and served. Easy and delicious!
I was not sure how the dish would go over, as all of the grains have different textures. Some are nutty, some chewy, but my husband and son loved the dish, and actually wanted seconds! My husband liked it better than my regular jambalaya as he said it was not as heavy, which I found was true. This dish was packed with whole grain goodness, and proves food can be tasty and healthy! Laissez le bons temps rouler!
- 1/2 cup Miller’s Blend olive oil
- 3 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne
- 1 pound andouille,chorizo, or other smoked sausage cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless white chicken meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 bay leaves
- 3/4 bag of Grande’ Grains
- 6 cups low fat, low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup chopped green onions
Heat the oil in a large cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, 2 teaspoons of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the cayenne. Stirring often, brown the vegetables for about 20 minutes, or until they are caramelized and dark brown in color. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen any browned particles. Add the sausage and cook, stirring often for 10 to 15 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen any browned particles. Season the chicken with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Add the chicken and the bay leaves to the pot. Brown the chicken for 8 to 10 minutes, scrapping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned particles. In a separate stock pot on medium heat, add the Grand’ Grains and stir for 2 to 3 minutes to toast it evenly. Add the chicken broth, stir to combine, and cover. Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes, then remove grains and rinse under hot water for less than 15 seconds. Add grains to Dutch oven, remove the pot from the heat and let stand, covered for 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the green onions, reheat if needed and serve.
- I added 1/2 can San Marzano tomatoes I crushed by hand.
- This dish is even better the next day!
- Have a shaker of Tabasco on hand to add a sprinkle to the jambalaya when serving!
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