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Sometime you come home from work and just don’t want to spend forever making dinner. Monday night’s are generally like that for me. Last night was no different, but I was in the mood for comfort food and jambalaya was sounding pretty good. The warm, spiciness of the dish makes it great winter food! And really, how can you say no to a warm bowl of ricey, Cajun awesomeness.

Now one thing I’ve learned is boxed mixes can be a very good place to start, and jambalaya is definitely something that is well started by the box. I grew up on Zartarans rice mixes and that is still the brad I use. Mostly because it’s the one my mom always used, so feel free to use something else! The good thing about starting from a mix is you get a tasty, reasonably healthy dinner in under an hour with only 15 to 20 minutes of active time.

Jambalaya

½ lg onion, chopped

½ green bell pepper, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 links andouille sausage, cut into half moons

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced

½ bunch parsley, minced

1 can diced tomatoes, with juice

½ can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups water

1 box Jambalaya mix

In medium pot, sauté onion, pepper, celery and sausage over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until onion begins to get translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Put a lid on the pot, reduce heat to medium and let cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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