Here’s a simple one-pot paleo dixieland dish guaranteed to jazz up your dinner table – especially handy if you’ve got a hungry crowd to feed.
Being from the Northwest, I quickly realized I needed a little help in the Cajun cooking department…so I found a good starter recipe on Food Network’s site I could adapt for my paleo peeps. (Here’s a link to the original recipe if you’re curious: Food Network Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya).
I actually changed the original up quite a bit. I reduced the cooking liquid by a third since we weren’t cooking rice in the pot with the rest of the ingredients. I changed a few other things too, but I think most of the most of the original flavors are included in my paleo version of jambalaya.
As you know, traditional jambalaya has tons of rice. And some versions are saucier than others. Well this paleo jambalaya let’s you tweak it to your own personal taste.
I like the saucier route – the extra liquid really helps the flavors come through in my opinion.
And of course, there’s no grain rice in this paleo version so it’s served over a super-easy riced cauliflower. And by “easy” I mean I bought a package of frozen organic cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s. It’s inexpensive and really good…here’s a link to the cauli rice on TJ’s website if you want to learn more about it: Trader Joe’s Organic Riced Cauliflower. (If you want to make your cauli rice from scratch, here’s a link to my easy recipe: Paleo Cauliflower Rice – just skip the limes and cilantro for this particular dish.
Now the reason I didn’t mix in the cauli rice while cooking the jambalaya is because when cauliflower hangs out in warm liquid for a while, it tends to get mushy. I wanted to honor the integrity of the “rice” texture, so I put my cauli rice on the bottom of the plate right before ladeling over the jambalaya. You can reverse that if you like and start with jambalaya and put a scoop of rice on top. Or, you can grab a slotted spoon and mix the cauliflower rice right into the pot imediately before dishing it out if you want your paleo jambalaya extra soupy.
However you serve it, this paleo dish was a winner. I absolutely love it and I’m thrilled to be sharing this little Louisiana gem with all of you! Enjoy!