A one skillet meal that has everything you need: meat, beans, rice and plenty of spice! A homemade spice blend (so no worrying if there’s wheat as a thickener or binder like you have to with pre-made mixes) gives just the right amount of canjun pop to this southern dish. Serve with or without the sausage for a filling meal that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. This Allergy-friendly 30 Minute Skillet Jambalaya is free of: gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nuts. It also has a vegan option!
Perhaps it’s because it was just Mardi Gras, or perhaps it’s because my husband’s family has Creole in them–who the heck knows really–but I’ve been craving Louisiana inspired dishes! Give me the cajun food and give it to me now!
In case you missed my Insta Story let me fill you in on how much I love you! We rarely RARELY go out to eat (as most allergy families do). But, my husband just got a promotion (yay hubby! glad they finally realize how hard you work!) and so we wanted to celebrate. So, we decided to go out to eat. So, you’d think “Oh, how nice, Megan FINALLY gets a break from having to cook. What a nice night off.” But NO.
No, I am seriously insane, as I made this in the afternoon before we left because that is how bad I wanted to take the pictures and be able to share it with you. So, I hope you feel the love! All that cajun, spicy love! You’re welcome!
I love that this easy dinner recipe is naturally free of gluten and dairy–so there’s no substitutions and just spices and lots of flavor! Plus, it has lots of veggies and if your kids are like mine they don’t complain much about bell peppers. In fact, they were so excited I only used half of each color so they could snack on the remaining ones. I’ve also made this with mushrooms for extra veggie power and it was also delicious if you are a fun guy (fungi–get it??!).
And, have you ever seen on my Insta Stories how I have to shoot my photos? There is not enough natural light in my teeny, tiny kitchen so I have to open the back door to allow enough light in. Which–can be difficult since it’s winter! So, I freeze my family out while I take the photos, but dang it–sometimes good food just has to be shared.
I know as an allergy mom, as much as I love, Love, LOVE the baked goods–what we really need are easy, delicious meals that feed our entire family. So, my goal has been to share and create more dinner ideas for you guys to help you guys out!
I hope you like this Allergy-friendly 30 Minute Skillet Jambalay that is free of the top allergens (though you’d never think it was lacking in any sense!).
And, just a reminder that my husband and I have been doing no-holds-barred ask us anything live Q&A on Instagram & Facebook on Mondays at 9pm MST. You can watch past ones either on my Facebook page, or on my new YouTube page. If you have a question, be sure to tune in live and ask and participate–or send it to me and we’ll try to answer it at the next one if you can only watch the re-plays and can’t watch it during the actual live.
We’ll see you next Monday, and in the mean time–make this easy, allergy-friendly dinner. It will save you on weeknights–and it makes plenty of leftovers for the next day!
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, cut into half moons (my son can't do celery, but I included this in case you can!)
- 2 medium carrots, cut into half moons
- ½ of a red, yellow and orange bell pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- a pinch of cayenne (or more if you like the heat!)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 15-ounce can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 and ¼ cups white rice
- 2 and ½ cups chicken broth (or 2 and ½ cups water + bouillon according to package mixing directions--you can also do vegetable if you'd like this to be vegan/vegetarian)
- 2 chicken cajun sausages, diced (or omit, if you'd like this to be vegan/vegetarian)
- 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- hot sauce, if so desired
- chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional
- if you like, mushrooms are also an excellent addition!
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil to medium and add the onions and carrots. Stir until they're soft. Next, add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the spices, the whole can of diced tomatoes, rice, sausage and broth. Bring to a boil, place a lid on it and turn it down until it's a low simmer.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
- Stir in your drained black eyed peas to warm them, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
- Garnish with fresh parsley if so desired and serve.
- Leftovers keep well for up to 2 days, in an air-tight container.
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Looking for other 30 minute dinner ideas? Here are some of my other favorites: