Just because Mardi Gras is over, doesn't mean that those of us not living in New Orleans can't still enjoy the traditional cuisine. That means there's no need to stop making beignets, crawfish, gumbo or muffulettas.
New Orleans cuisine is full of vibrant colors, flavors and exquisite aromas. This robust flavor usually comes with butter, sugar, cream and all that other "good stuff." However, cooking flavorfully doesn't need to mean using unhealthy ingredients. With a few simple tweaks to classic recipes, you can transform your favorite dishes into healthier versions of themselves.
Here are some tips to make your recipes healthier:
In this recipe, we are replacing white rice with sweet potato rice in a spicy twist on a New Orleans favorite: jambalaya.
By using sweet potato rice, we receive the taste and health benefits of the vegetable. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and potassium as well as a great source of iron and vitamins D and C. Plus, the natural sugars that release from the sweet potato while cooking make this jambalaya extra special.
Aside from the added sweetness and nutrients from the sweet potato, we're using spicy chorizo instead of the classic andouille sausage. The spiciness from the chorizo cooks in with the chicken at first and sets the stage for the vegetables and shrimp.
This jambalaya is jam-packed with protein, veggies and Cajun flavors. This is a healthy, comforting dish that's easy to make and stores well in the refrigerator. To heat up, simply add it back to a saucepan and stir until it's hot.
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