Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

Smoked Turkey Sausage, Zatarain’s Jambalaya Rice & Cabbage

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Smoked Turkey Sausage, Zatarain’s Jambalaya Rice & Cabbage

 
If you don’t get home from work until 5:30 or 6:00 during the summer, cooking dinner after work is just one more thing to do (and I don’t mean that lightly).  But, during the work and school week it’s a mad dash to not only cook but also get the kiddos to bed on time.  I like this smoked turkey sausage, shrimp and rice recipe because you can cook it in an hour (or less if the kids aren't home yet and you have the time to concentrate on the meal only).
Normally I like to make things from scratch.  I don’t like for us to indulge in too much food coloring's, nitrites and whatever other unnatural ingredients they can sneak in food.  But, I am also a realist.  And just because I have a taste for a ‘Cajun’ style meal, doesn't mean I have the time to break out the gumbo pot.  Most importantly the realist in me has made peace with the fact that a little preservatives every now and again will have to do.  I also balance my cooking guilt with the fact that I've used alternative meats and healthy veggies.
All in all I say that this recipe is a keeper.   I mean, who can beat dinner on the table in an hour?

Enjoy!

 

 

Servings: 2 grown people, 1 teen girl and 1 growing seven year old boy and 1 almost 6 year old girl.
Prep Time: 15 mins (Realistically, with kids around maybe 30 mins)
Cook Time: 35 -45 mins
Total Time: 45 mins to an hour
Winner! We had leftovers – a whole ‘nother meals worth!

 

 

 

Ingredients Rice with Shrimp and Sausage:

 Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

½ medium sized onion
1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
1 package smoked turkey sausage
1 lb. of large shrimp (feel free to substitute with two nicely sized chicken breast)
1 tsp Creole seasoning
1 box Zatarain’s Jambalaya mix
½ head of cabbage

Directions Rice with Shrimp and Sausage:

 Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

Start Zatarain’s Rice mix and follow directions on the box.
[Note: for my rice I did make one change.  I used 1 ½ cups of water and 1 cup of organic chicken broth instead of 2 ½ cups of water.
Cut smoked turkey sausage about a ¼ inch thick
For large shrimp cut into thirds…or you can leave them whole if you have bigger kids.
 Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

 

Sauté onions in butter or olive oil.

 

Once onions are translucent add smoked turkey sausage.

 Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

 

Cook sausage all the way through –about 7-10 minutes on medium heat.
 
Add shrimp and cook until shrimp is pink – about 3-5 minutes longer.

 Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

 

Once rice is done combine with cooked sausage, shrimp and onion mixture.

  Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

 

 

 

Ingredients for Cabbage:

1/2  tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning
½ head of cabbage

 

 

Directions for Cabbage:

 

Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

In sauce pan add 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or butter).
Cut cabbage and place into pot.
Add desired seasonings –we of course like Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning, garlic salt and pepper.
Cook cabbage until your desired crunchiness (or not).  About 5-7 minutes. Remember the crunchier your cabbage the better.  

 

 

 

 

Smoked Turkey Sausage Zatarains Jambalaya Rice Cabbage

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