Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice

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Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

There are definitely things that I wish I knew going into blogging. I wish I knew more about social media, SEO and the value of certain plugins.

I also wish I had known to plan ahead for occasion-themed recipes, like with National Nutrition Month (which ends tomorrow), National Pasta Day and Mardi Gras.

I had this jambalaya recipe all built up in my head for Mardi Gras and just didn’t plan my post calendar properly. Therefore, you’re getting a jambalaya in late March, 3 weeks late.

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

However, my motto has always been “better late than never.” With this dish, I wholeheartedly mean that, because it can be eaten any time of year. Just because it’s not Mardi Gras doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy New Orleans cuisine, right?

Why should we only be allowed to post recipes for gumbos and beignets during the first couple weeks of March?

I’ve actually never been to Mardi Gras. I’ve been to New Orleans twice. The first time, I went to a wedding with an ex-boyfriend (shh, don’t tell Lu I mentioned it!). I didn’t get much of a chance to see the culture and the “sights,” because it was a quick wedding weekend trip.

The second time I visited New Orleans was to visit my friend Shannon. Shannon moved to New Orleans after college to work for Hurricane Katrina relief. She worked in relief efforts throughout college (it happened our freshman year) over spring break and on certain “mission” trips.

Sidebar – she studied “actuarial science” in college, with original plans to work in insurance or retirement counseling. Instead of going for the “big bucks,” she decided to devote her time to helping others, which is a tough decision, especially when you’re first on your own after graduation.

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

She would always talk about how the people in NOLA truly touched her heart and how she got much more out of the experience than she ever thought she would. Truth be told, her one and only tattoo is of the fleur de lis (which is used as a symbol for the recovery effort in New Orleans).

Shan is the most compassionate, genuine and selfless person I have ever met in my life. I understand that I’m only 26 (27 on Tuesday!) and I haven’t met many people, but in my circle of life, she’s completely altruistic and a kind soul.

I’m not going to brag about Shannon, but she visited this weekend from Boston (where she now lives, working for a non-profit and taking night graduate courses in non-profit management), so she’s fresh in my mind. Love you, Shan!

Here she is, on the left (with our other friend, Sarah) during that visit to NOLA. We look so young!

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Anyway, after visiting New Orleans to visit Shannon and seeing different parts of the city aside from Bourbon Street, I fell in love. The art, the culture, the music, the people and, most importantly, the cuisine.

I love flavorful food – I’ve never been one to season my foods in a bland manner. Thus, New Orleans cuisine (Cajun or Creole) is my dream. Crawfish in butter and spices? Sign me up!

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

While this dish hasn’t been given a stamp of approval from a true New Orleans person, it’s definitely got the flavors – Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and peppers.

In true Inspiralized fashion, it’s a healthier version – no butter and instead of using white rice, we’re using sweet potato rice. This dish totally packs a healthy and tasty punch!

Have you ever been to New Orleans? What did you think?

Click here to find the recipe at SheKnows.com!

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Looks delicious! I sound your site today, shopping online for a spiralizer, but now it's bookmarked and I'll be back to check out your recipes! Lovely blog, great layout and your personality really shines through in your posts. Tin http://circusmums.com
Mandy says:
Ali, the recipe doesnt say how much chicken broth...can you enlighten me?
Mandy says:
Nevermind, found it! I didn't look past the ingredient list. Sorry!
Katy says:
Ali, I'm a big fan of your blog and love all your creative recipes. Do you have a kitchen scale that you use? One thing I would really appreciate is the weights of the different vegetables you use. I see in this recipe that you put 300g+ for the sweet potato, which is awesome. I ran into a problem the first time I used a zucchini recipe of yours, because apparently California zucchini are much smaller than New Jersey zucchini! Your recipe called for medium zucchini, and I apparently got some that were much too small for your standards :) Instead of putting "3/4 cup white onion," it would be great if you said "1 small onion, about xx grams." Just a thought! Keep the delicious recipes coming!
I will definitely make a bigger effort here, I do have a scale! Thanks for the feedback :)
Kelsey says:
Ali, I just adore your blog!! I'm a teacher with Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans and I'm making this with my cooking class tomorrow. Thank you for sharing, I'll let you know how it goes. :)
Anonymous says:
Hi Ali I am in the UK and I absolutely love your site/blog. My spiraliser arrived on Friday after having to wait 6 weeks for delivery but I have spiralised everything in sight! Keep up your amazing work. One point however, is it possible for you to put the gram weight next to cup sizes as it is confusing as to what cup size you mean and when I check out the converters it seems to depend what the ingredient is as to what size cup I need! Just a thought. I have your recipes everywhere!! Thank you again. Saz
Thank you so much for the kind comment! Unfortunately, all of my measurements are based off US measurements, since that's where I'm based! I'm so sorry for the inconvenience.

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cauliflower and carrot masala, totally normal meal on thanksgiving eve, right? 😅🥄

tomorrow we’re going to my BIL’s to hang out with Lu’s side of the family, and I’m excited to see everyone (it’s been YEARS!) and have the kids spend time with their cousins, aunts and uncles 🙏🏼

for the curry, simmer cauliflower, carrots, a jar of @mayakaimalfoods, and 2 cups of @bonafideprovisions veggie broth in a large pot for 20 minutes or until thickened to your preference. add cooked lentils, stir, and serve with jasmine rice, chutney and toasted naan. easy 30 minute meal 👏🏼 not exactly thanksgiving-friendly, but worth a share!

safe travels today and tomorrow and wishing everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving 🦃 I’m so grateful for you
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