Sunday, February 19, 2012


I thought this was an appropriate time, seeing as it is Mardi Gras weekend here, to attempt this dish.
I live very close to Louisiana, but I am neither Cajun nor French and have never really celebrated Mardi Gras. I also have never attempted to cook anything remotely Cajun. I had never even tasted gumbo until I was in high school. I can't recall a single time that we had white rice with dinner. I also don't eat seafood... Please don't quit reading this blog! I promise I have tried! I was even hypnotized a few months back... It didn't work. I'm crazy I know. Anyway, I wanted a challenge so I made this jambalaya. I'm sure some ragin' Paleo Cajuns could do a much better job, but I did my best and I'm sure this is not as "traditional" or complex as most jambalaya, that's why I'm calling it Jambalaya-ish. I thought it was pretty tasty (and spicy) and was happy with it.

1 head cauliflower(for the rice)
1 package sausage ( I used Applegate nitrate,gluten and sugar free apple and chicken sausage)
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic minced
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil + 1 Tbs.
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 bell pepper blend(I got this from the spice section at Central Market, it dried peppers)
1 Tbs. garlic powder
1/2 Tbs. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano

Break cauliflower into large pieces and steam until soft but not mushy, about 10-15mins. In small batches, put steamed cauliflower in food processor and pulse-chop, or chop up with a fork until it looks like rice. This only takes a few pulses/chops to get the rice-like texture, be care not to over chop or you will have mashed cauliflower instead.

Heat 3 Tbs. oil a large skillet or pot. Chop bell pepper and onion in food processor, if you don't have one (I still don't know why you haven't bought one) chop by hand and add to pot. Sautee peppers, onion and minced garlic. Cut sausage into medium circles and add to sauteed veggies along with bay leaves, cook on medium heat for about 10 mins. Next add "rice", spices, tomatoes and 1 Tbs. oil and mix until seasoning is evenly distributed. turn heat down and let simmer for 10 to 15 min.

** Don't have a steam pot no problem. You can fill a regular pot with a 3-4 inches of water, and put a colander on top of the pot, not inside it. Add your veggies to the colander and boil the water. 
** If  you cant find bell pepper blend just add fresh red and yellow peppers to the mix.
** If you cant find Applegate Sausage, just use your favorite (nitrate-free) sausage
** Remember to remove bay-leaves, DO NOT EAT THEM!

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  1. We love Cajun food but I've always found it too complicated to cook. This may be my very first cajun dish! Did you get the sausage at Basic Foods (or can I find it closer)?


  2. I found it at Basic Foods, Heb might have it. This was pretty spicy for me, but that's not saying much.

  3. Looks like I'm gonna have to "make a trip to town" to get some sausage. And now some pepperoni, too. :)