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Vegan Jambalaya

Vegan Jambalaya

Are you a fan of one-pot-meals? I certainly am! With this simple vegan Jambalaya recipe, we are taking our one-pot game to a whole other level. We are using simple and affordable ingredients to sort out a delicious dinner for you and your family. 

You are going to love this recipe! Everything about it is incredible, the taste, the aromas, the colours, you name it. I'm not even sure where I want to start with this one. Also, it is very easy to make, so if you are new to the kitchen, this recipe is definitely for you. 

Jambalaya is a very comforting dish made with rice, beans, and all the typical flavours of the American Southwest. It's a staple in many homes in the state of Louisiana and is one of those recipes that has been passed from generation to generation so each family adds their own little touch to it. 

Vegan Jambalaya ingredients

This makes it a bit hard to pinpoint what the original recipe really is or where the dish actually comes from. On the flip side, it allows us to be flexible so we can add our own thing here and there to make it extra special for our family. For this particular recipe, I had to swap some ingredients to make it vegan but the basics are defiantly there. 

Aside from the rice and beans, every Jambalaya recipe also has onion, celery, bell peppers, and the typical spices of southern cuisine such as cajun spice, smoked paprika, thyme, and oregano. 

Another element usually found in Jambalaya is the meat, seafood or andouille, which is smoked sausage. Here is where we are making some adjustments. Instead of any of these ingredients, we are adding chopped vegan sausages that we got from the store. I like adding them so I get a bit of extra protein and a subtle smokey taste. 

Vegan Jambalaya ingredients chopped

Jambalaya was meant to be an inexpensive dish to feed the working class. So it's very cheap to make, quite filling but at the same time incredibly nourishing. This is one of the reasons why I love making this dish so much. For me, it's a super-easy way to feed my family a lovely healthy comforting meal. 

The recipe is really easy to follow and it pretty much cooks on its own. The main thing you have to do is to sauté the onion and garlic, until they are really fragrant and then toss in the veggies and the sausage. To finish it, you just add the rest of the ingredients and let them simmer for a little while. 

I stir everything occasionally just so the seasonings and all the veggies are well mixed in with the rice and beans. But don't overdo it or the rice will get too gloopy and everything will be big mush. 

Jambalaya is a great dish for a midweek dinner. I normally make a big batch so I have some lunches ready ahead of time. It saves me a ton of time and money, both of which I can use elsewhere! 

Vegan Jambalaya in a pot

Ingredients
7
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Tomatoes

Ingredients

For the jambalaya

  • 1¼ cups brown long grain rice
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 cups crushed tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
  • 4 pieces vegan sausage (chopped)
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth

For the spices

  • 2 leaves bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp cajun spice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Heat up the oil in a frying pan and saute the on for about 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  2. Add the red pepper, vegan sausage and saute for about 5 more minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients together with the seasoning and simmer until the rice is soft for about 20-25 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Serve on a place and adjust taste before serving, enjoy!

Notes

        

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