Sep 182012

Hey y’all! How are you guys this evening? I don’t know about the weather where you are but tonight it is cold and rainy over here. Bleh! This, combined with the overcast and dreary weather we had yesterday, means I have some awesome comforting fall recipes to share with you all this week 🙂 Yay!

Can I just say again how happily I have embraced fall this year? I normally go into fall kicking and screaming (laying out by the pool and going to the beach is probably my favorite activity ever) but this year I am welcoming fall with open arms. I can’t wait to break out my boots!


So I’ve been on a new workout schedule this week and so far I am loving it! Yesterday I started my morning by running a speedy two miles with Jack and then completing my new 20-minute Insanity DVD.

I have to say that this DVD is pretty similar to the regular Insanity DVDs and it kicked my butt! Even though it was only 20 minutes I can honestly say I had to stop and rest a few times. In fact, the video’s only negative reviews on Amazon are because it is too hard for some people to complete. Although it is really challenging, I know I will be in great shape from completing the workout and it is a great addition to my daily run. So far it has been awesome!

It’s been a while since I’ve used my heart rate monitor so I thought I would break it out again for this new workout. Below you will see how long my workout was, how many calories I burned, what my average heart rate was, and what my maximum heart rate was.

Not too bad, huh?



Ok so now it’s time to share today’s recipe! As I mentioned before it was pretty dreary last night and Fabio and I were feeling chilled and sleepy. I knew I wanted something warm that would “stick to my ribs” as they say, so I did a quick search and found just the right thing on Kristin’s blog, Iowa Girl Eats. I know I have raved about her in the past but seriously she is amazing! I just love her recipes! Anyway, I came across a recipe of hers for jambalya and, after adapting it to my needs a bit, I came up with a delicious Spicy Chicken Sausage Jambalaya!



Here’s how it came together.

First I cut up some chicken sausage that I had from Trader Joe’s.

It was Italian style, not southern style, but I didn’t mind! I figured it would still taste pretty great. Luckily it was already fully cooked so all I had to do was slice it into bite-size pieces and it to a large pan over medium heat until the chicken was browned.

Once the chicken sausage was lightly browned I removed it from the pot and added it to a side bowl.

Then I chopped up 1 onion and 2 bell peppers and added them to the pot.

I still had these leftover from my vegetable share and was so happy I got to use them up! These heirloom-ish bell peppers are so cool.

Anyway, once the onions and peppers were diced I added them to the pot.

At this point I minced up two cloves of garlic and added those to the pot at as well. Things were starting to smell great!

While I waited for the veggies to soften up a bit, I got the rest of the flavor ingredients out.

When the veggies were soft I added 1 can of reduced sodium chicken broth, 1/2 cup of water, 1 1/2 tsp. old bay, a generous splash of hot sauce, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, and 1 can of diced tomatoes.

Then I gave everything a stir.

Next I added in two bay leaves and dumped the browned chicken sausage back into the pot.


Then I brought the mixture to a boil and added in one cup of brown rice.

Once the rice was added I brought the heat down to a simmer, covered the pot, and let everything get nice and happy.

After about 30 minutes, the rice had absorbed a lot of the liquid and the jambalaya was ready!

Before I doled it out, I added a huge bunch of fresh spinach to the top and stirred it all in until it wilted.

It only took a second!

Soo good!

Once the spinach was wilted I removed the bay leaves and served the jambalaya into large bowl. Then it was time to dig in!

This dish would have been really great with some spiced shrimp as well, but unfortunately Fabio is allergic to shellfish so I left it out.

It was spicy, comforting, and full of flavor! I will definitely be making this again!

Spicy Chicken Sausage Jambalaya
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
This spicy chicken sausage jambalaya is healthy and filling! It is the perfect fall comfort dish.
  • 1 lb. lean chicken sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bell peppers (green and red)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1½ tsp. old bay
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  1. Chop chicken sausage into bite-size pieces and brown over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Remove chicken from pot and set aside.
  3. Dice onions and peppers and cook in pot over medium heat until tender. Add minced garlic and stir.
  4. Add chicken broth, water, tomatoes, old bay, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves to the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil and add chicken back into pot.
  6. Add the rice.
  7. Lower heat to a simmer and cover the pot.
  8. Cook for about 30 minutes or until the rice is soft and has absorbed all the liquid.
  9. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Remove the bay leaves and serve.

So good! Next time you guys are feeling the fall chill you absolutely have to try this delicious jambalaya! I have to warn you though it’s incredibly filling and a little goes a long way. Expect leftovers!

So tell me, what are your favorite fall recipes? Do you have any other good crock pot/soup recipes to share?



 Posted by on September 18, 2012

  7 Responses to “Spicy Chicken Sausage Jambalaya”

  1. Holy yumness!!! I hope I can find some Chicken Sausage because this recipe looks delicious!!!! What an awesome workout too!!

    Love anything incorporated with pumpkin!

  2. That jambalaya looks so good! I love looking through the step by step instructions, I had no idea it would come together that fast. I always thought it was one of those “ambitious” meals. Now I want to give it a try!

  3. this recipe looks yummy! I’m not a big spicy fan but I’m sure i could switch some of the spicy stuff out or just throw some chobani yogurt on top! (: yum! ps love your nail color!

  4. Yum! This definitely looks delicious, and very Fall!

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