- 3 Tbsp. olive oil or any oil of your choice
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 small yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 lb. andouille sausage, thinly sliced into rounds,( i used turkey Sausage)
- 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked white or brown rice
- 2 Tbsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. thyme, crushed
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper
- garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, thinly-sliced green onions, hot sauce, (optional)
- *********i use to add Okra to my Jambalaya, but since it gets difficult buying Okra, i do without it *********coconut milk optional
Heat 2 tablespoons. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, bell peppers, jalapeno and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and mostly cooked. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, chicken and sausage, and stir to combine. Continue sauteing for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink and mostly cooked.
Add the chicken or vegetable stock, tomatoes, rice, Cajun spice, bay leaf, thyme, and cayenne, and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, stirring occasionally.
Once the rice is tender, add in the shrimp and stir to combine. Let the mixture continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimps are cooked and no longer pink. Remove bay leaf and season the jambalaya with salt and pepper and hot sauce and additional Cajun seasoning if needed. Remove from heat and serve with optional garnishes if desired.
You may add 2 jalapenos with their seeds in. Or lesser if you are not use to eating spicy
**I also like heavily seasoned jambalaya, so I go with a full 2 Tbsp. If you think that might be too much, I recommend adding just 1 Tbsp and then taste-testing the rice before adding the shrimp. If you want to add more at that point, just stir some extra seasoning in when you add the shrimp.
Tip/hint** sometimes i do add abit of coconut milk to it.. makes it taste mild and creamy
……I just reckon I have never had a Valentine! I always was just pushed into it like it was some ritual. I even played my part, tried writing poems which never had any meaning because I never knew what it was! I just did what was to be done, said happy Valentines and moved on, while some of my friends eagerly waited for some all inclusive compliments , which comes together with a gift, Just to post on Facebook letting everyone to know how loving their partner is, waiting for those likes and compliments to raise up boosting their ego. While some posts about what they expected, how they wished it had to be. Some full of anger for getting the wrong gifts. Some even leading to horrible disputes, while some renew their vows. With some sexy bedroom activities as she wears her new lingerie showing off the best of her, and he armed with weapons to satisfy that gorgeous creature, as fantasies flushes in his mind..
Then comes this category of people who never got anything but wants to brag about something. ” my partner gave me a car..!” Ooooooh!
Then comes my category . Our symptoms, we have no clue what it is.. !
Seems like we are wishers and actors.
Why does it matter if its Valentines day? You should always appreciate and show the one you love that you love them.
Everyone does deserve to be loved. Though I also have no one to share this day with, I feel proud to say that I have shared honest love with someone, and I know, beyond all doubt, that love exists, that it will happen again, and that it is possible for everyone. And despite the feelings of today, that gives me hope.
Love is sometimes denied, sometimes unrecognized, sometimes lost, sometimes weird, but in the end, it is always found with no regrets forever valued and kept treasured
This is how it looks like, teaching kids how to brush their teeth.
Last month, we took kids to get their teeth checked.
These kids have come along way to where they are today. Some still brave to smile while some were still very shy.
The only thing between those kids and us was our language barrier. But, We provided them the most friendly and welcoming atmosphere to make them feel at ease.
They all come from different countries. Syria, Pakistan, Ethiopia,Somalia etc.
It was interesting watching how they responded to the dentist, who spoke a total different language, while demonstrating.
It was such a successful day!