Delicious Jambalaya with Chicken Sausage and Shrimp

By Jodee Weiland

When I first starting making jambalaya years ago, I used a recipe from a cookbook called Celebrate Chicago: A Taste of Our Town and  put together by the Junior League of Chicago (1996 edition). Since then I have adapted the recipe for jambalaya in this cookbook, especially after visiting New Orleans several times over the years. I wanted a healthier version of the original jambalaya, so I made some changes like using Italian chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage. With a few other changes, my version of the original recipe evolved, and my Delicious Jambalaya with Italian Chicken Sausage and Shrimp became one of our favorite dishes!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThere were more healthy choices made over time with this recipe. One change I made to this recipe was using extra-virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I, also, chose to use two orange and red bell peppers instead of one green bell pepper. I added  twenty-eight ounces of crushed tomatoes instead of sixteen ounces of tomato sauce. My crushed tomatoes or puree are all tomato with no salt added. In addition to this, I use sea salt very lightly in this recipe rather than regular salt. With all the rich flavor, not much is needed really. In the end, jambalaya usually has the rice mixed in, but I serve the jambalaya over the rice, so you can decide how much rice you want. The basics of the original recipe are all there, but just slightly altered for a healthier jambalaya, and it’s delicious!

http://learnfromyesterday.comDelicious Jambalaya with Chicken Sausage and Shrimp (adapted from Celebrate Chicago: A Taste of Our Town, Edition 1996)

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes unsalted
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes unsalted
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or more to taste
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage cut up into bite size pieces
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled
  • 4 to 5 cups rice, cooked

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Sauté the onions, celery, bell peppers, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. When ready, add the diced tomatoes with juice (not drained), crushed tomatoes, sea salt, ground black pepper, and cayenne to this. Cover and simmer for about one hour.

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Since the chicken sausage is usually cooked, there is no need to brown it. Just cut the sausage up into bite size pieces and peel your shrimp. After one hour of simmering, add the sausage into the hot mixture and stir it. Once the sausage is heated for about ten to fifteen minutes, add the shrimp and continue to heat until the shrimp warmed. Serve over rice or stir the rice into the mixture, if you prefer.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy adapted version of Delicious Jambalaya with Chicken Sausage and Shrimp is so good, it has become a family favorite! We love to serve it over the rice, instead of mixing the rice into the mixture, but you can do it either way. Whichever way you choose to do it, you are going to love it. Serve it with a nice glass of red wine and savor all the rich flavors blended together. This dish is absolutely wonderful, so enjoy!

http://learnfromyesterday.comJunior League of Chicago. Celebrate Chicago: A Taste of Our Town. Chicago: the Junior League of Chicago, Inc., 1996. Print.

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Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

By Jodee Weiland

We grill all year long no matter what the weather is like.  Winter or summer, it makes no difference to us. So tonight, I thought it would be nice to have a red wine mushroom sauce to spoon over our grilled filet mignon and even over the Parmesan risotto I was preparing for dinner. A red wine mushroom sauce is easy to make and adds such rich flavor to a steak. Filet mignon is great on its own, but when you want to step it up a bit and make your meal a little fancier, my Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce is the way to do it!

http://learnfromyesterday.comI love the flavor of mushrooms when added to a recipe, but here they are main focus. I usually start most sauce recipes with sauteed onions and and garlic in extra-virgin olive oil. In this recipe for a mushroom sauce, I add a small amount of butter to my olive oil, before adding the the onions and garlic. Once the mushrooms are added, the rich flavor of the mushrooms just blends right in with the onions and garlic. Because we use a pound of mushrooms, the flavor of the mushrooms becomes the focus. Finally, adding the red wine takes this sauce over the top in flavor you will love. This sauce is light and can be used over a side of risotto or mashed potatoes as well as your grilled steaks!

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  • Grilled filet mignon steaks or any steaks of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

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Heat the olive oil and the butter in a pan over a low to medium heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute them until the onions become translucent. Then add the mushrooms to the onions and garlic, mixing them in once they cook for a few minutes.  Cover the pan and cook over a low to medium heat until the mushrooms are cooked. Remove the cover, add the red wine, and cook until the wine is reduced and the sauce is your preferred consistency.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce is absolutely delicious and will make your grilled steaks feel like a gourmet meal. Serve with a glass of red wine, a vegetable, and either risotto or mashed potatoes. This sauce can be used over the risotto or mashed potatoes as well as your steaks and will add to their flavor. When you try this meal and see how easy it is to take a simple grilled steak to elegant, you will want to have it more often, so enjoy!

 

Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

By Jodee Weiland

We grill flank steak all year long on our gas grill, even when it is snowing outside. Flank steak done on the grill is great anytime, but when we use it in a flank steak salad, it is absolutely wonderful! Flank steak salads make great meals, especially when made using a homemade vinaigrette, like my Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette. Blended together with the right ingredients, my Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is awesome!

http://learnfromyesterday.comWhen you start with grilled flank steak and add your salad greens, adding the right ingredients can make all the difference in flavor. That’s why I added crumbled goat cheese, shelled walnuts, and dried cranberries to the mix. Top this all off with my Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette, and you have a meal filled with rich flavors that blend together to delight your taste buds. With this recipe, you have my delicious Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette, a healthy meal that is full of great taste!

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http://learnfromyesterday.comPlace the salad greens on the plate. Crumble the goat cheese over the greens. Top this with the flank steak slices. Then spoon on the walnuts and dried cranberries over the top. Add your salad dressing.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Zesty Lemon Honey Vinaigrette is both healthy and delicious! Serve this salad with a crusty loaf of bread and a glass of wine. This salad will satisfy your hunger and tantalize you taste buds with its zesty flavor and touch of sweetness. Not only does it taste good, but it looks wonderful as well, so your family will love it. Give it a try, and enjoy!

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Chicken in White Wine Mushroom Sauce

By Jodee Weiland

During the winter months when we have chicken, we still grill it more often than not because it’s so healthy. Even if there is snow on the ground, we love grilling chicken and other foods in the winter. But I wanted to cook a chicken dish with a little more flair today because it was my husband’s birthday this week. I decided chicken with a white wine sauce and mushrooms would be delicious. That’s how I came up with my version of Chicken in White Wine Mushroom Sauce!

http://learnfromyesterday.comOf course, a white wine mushroom sauce has wine and mushrooms. First, sauté onions, garlic, and a pound of slice mushrooms in extra-virgin olive oil. Next, brown your seasoned chicken breasts, and then add white wine, butter, and a few other ingredients to create a richly delicious sauce for your chicken breasts. Although this meal is not grilled, when you sauté chicken in a rich wine sauce blended with fresh mushrooms correctly, the result is both delicious and can still be healthy!

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  •  4 boneless chicken breasts without skin
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cups nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon unbleached flour

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Sauté the onions, garlic, and mushrooms in the extra-virgin olive oil over a low to medium heat in a covered pan, stirring occasionally. When the onions become translucent, push the mixture to the outside edges of the pan. In the center of the covered pan, brown the chicken breasts seasoned with sea salt and black pepper to taste. When browned and partially cooked, remove the chicken breasts to a plate.

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Then add the yogurt, white wine, butter, and flour to the mushrooms, onions, and garlic, stirring and blending them together. Season to taste, if needed. Then put the browned chicken breasts back in the pan, spooning the mixture over the chicken. Simmer all of this over a low heat for another 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Chicken in White Wine Mushroom Sauce is not only a delicious dish full of rich flavors, but it is healthy as well. Serve this dish with a Parmesan risotto or garlic mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. We chose a Parmesan risotto and fresh green beans steamed. Then pair this meal with a glass of Riesling to add to the already delicious flavor of the meal. This meal not only tastes great, but it also feels like an elegant meal you might have in a fine restaurant. Give it a try, and enjoy!

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Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot

By Jodee Weiland

When I started my chicken dinner tonight, I wasn’t really sure where I would end up. I like to think my father was standing by my side encouraging me to try something new with chicken or challenging me like he used to do to make something better than him. Our little competitions often inspired me to try things in the kitchen I had never tried before. Dad was famous for throwing together a meal that was more than gourmet, just using whatever he had on hand. That’s what I did tonight and the result was my delicious Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThis hearty dish is made all in one pot, which makes it easier to prepare for a weekday meal when things get hectic in most households. It has the hearty white beans of a cassoulet, but most of its rich flavor comes from the onions, garlic, artichokes, and seasonings blended together in simmering tomatoes with a dry white wine. The chicken breasts add their own flavor to the mix, and the result is absolutely delicious!

http://learnfromyesterday.comSavory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts without skin
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 2 large garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 1 small jar marinated artichokes drained (usually 4 to 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • One 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • One 15 ounce can Great Northern Beans (reduced sodium)

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In a large pan, sauté the onions, garlic, and artichokes. Add thyme, sea salt, and black pepper to this mixture. When onions become translucent, push the vegetables to the sides and brown your chicken breasts on all sides after seasoning lightly with black pepper. Then add the crushed tomatoes, white wine, and sugar. Stir this into your vegetables and spoon over the browned chicken breasts.

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Bring this to a low boil, then reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes. Then add in the white beans, blending them together with the sauce. Cover once more and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until the chicken is cooked. To thicken the sauce, remove the cover the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking. When done, serve.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Savory Chicken with Tomato, Artichokes, and Beans All in One Pot is absolutely delicious! Your family will love the rich flavors blended together in this wonderful dish. Serve this dish with a crusty loaf of multigrain bread and a glass of your favorite Chianti. On these cold winter nights, there is nothing better than a hearty meal that not only tastes great, but is healthy as well. You won’t be disappointed if you try this dish, so enjoy!