9 Healthy Jambalaya Recipes That Still Taste Killer

9 Healthy Jambalaya Recipes That Still Taste Killer

No two jambalayas are built the same, but they’re always delicious. Usually, the highly seasoned Creole recipe is a hodgepodge of whatever tasty ingredients you have on hand: Think seafood mixed with some sausage, veggies, poultry, or all of the above. If you need a little motivation to get your jambalaya recipe ready, here’s a list of our favorites. They stand by their Southern roots in unique ways but have one thing in common: They’re way healthier.

Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Tender strands of squash are the perfect stand-in for a carb-heavy craving. For protein, the recipe calls for chicken andouille sausage and shrimp along with a slew of delicious veggies. For that Creole taste, you’ll need Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.

Black Eyed Peas Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: Taste Love and Nourish

If you’re looking for a cheap protein to fill up on, look no further than blacked-eyed peas. The good ol’ Southern favorite is in the bean family and hearty enough that you won’t miss the meat here. The rest of your plant-based (and colorful) jambalaya is packed with veggies like sweet onion, celery, carrots, red bell pepper, and okra.

Quinoa Tempeh Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: One Ingredient Chef

Tempeh, or fermented soy beans, is all the hype these days as a mainstay in vegan and vegetarian diets. In this recipe that calls for all the classic jambalaya vegetables (onion, celery, bell peppers, tomato), seasonings, and high-in-protein quinoa, the trendy meat replacement brings something new to the saucepan. Think: a slightly nutty flavor and dense texture. Oh yes.

Vegan Brown Rice Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: Feed Me Phoebe

This 15 minute-prep recipe is a one-stop-potyou’ll be throwing all those delicious Southern ingredients into one place like you would a soup. Inside will be long grain brown rice, Cajun seasonings, hearty legumes to stand-in for meat, and leafy collard greens.

Sweet Potato Carrot Jambalaya
Photo: We Are So Vegan

Get ready to fry up onions, sweet potato, parsnips, and carrots in a bit of coconut oil to kick off this jambalaya. This recipe brings its own flair by adding jalapeños and okra on top of the sweet potato and carrots. Pro tip: Okra can be a great add-in, but don’t overcook it unless you want a slimy vegetable on your hands.

Whole30 Friendly Traditional Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: 40 Aprons

Keto and Whole30 eaters can get their hands on traditional jambalaya without breaking any rules. This Creole recipe is made with sausage and shrimp all over cauliflower rice. You’ll still be adding the authentic Cajun “holy trinity” (onions, bell peppers, and celery) with broth, tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning.

Quinoa Jambalaya With Sausage and Chicken Recipe
Photo: A Mind “Full” Mom

We love this 30-minute jambalaya because it requires minimal tending to for a speedy weeknight meal. You’ll be throwing all ingredients—except the Worcestershire and hot sauce, that’s for the end—into a heavy skillet. Then you’ll let it cook up for 20 minutes or until your quinoa is looking nice and fluffy. Gluten-free folks can add this to their cooking rotation too.

Farro Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: Climb Eat Cycle Repeat

Farro is just what we need in a dish when we are sick of quinoa and rice. To jazz up the farro in this recipe, pile on the hot Italian sausage, pinto beans, prawns, and cilantro. And get spicy with some red Thai chili peppers for ample flavoring.

Butternut Squash Jambalaya Recipe
Photo: Naturally Ella

Once you start cooking with butternut squash, it’s pretty tough to stop. The rich flesh is wildly easy to cook, it’s naturally sweet and goes perfectly with all the savory goodness in a typical jambalaya. Even the meat-eaters at the table will be singing your praises.

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