Vegetarian Jambalaya

July 19, 2008

True jambalaya uses sausages, shrimp and chicken. This rich vegetarian recipe version uses beans to provide meaty texture and flavor - with no meat. My kids gobbled this up and so did my husband (the manly meat-eater) and I. This tastes so much like there is meat present that it's a bit spooky.

Veggie Jambalaya

1 Tbsp. oil
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (reduce or omit based on spice preference)
1/8 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed (not usually in my cupboard, but totally worth buying for this recipe)
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
15 oz. can butter beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can red beans, rinsed and drained


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic in hot oil until tender, about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, cayenne and fennel seed.

Bring to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until rice is tender, stirring frequently.

Add beans and cover. Simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until well heated, stirring frequently.

To freeze: cool casserole in refrigerator and ladle into plastic freezer containers. Seal and freeze.

To reheat: Place frozen jambalaya in saucepan and heat over very low heat, breaking up and stirring frequently, until hot. Serves 6-8


John & Jennifer Savage July 19, 2008  

You play the accordion? Wow, that is the sort of talent that one should shout about from the rooftops! :) I love this blog bytheway. Do you have any suggestions for something delicious and easy for a new mom and family? (Although what you've posted so far looks like it would work great too). Just thought I'd ask!

MishaLee July 22, 2008  

Nice...a vegan recipe even! Thank you Emilie...looks great!

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