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creole vegan jambalaya

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 28, 2014  |  7 Comments

In honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve got a festive made-over dish for you! There’s no chicken, shrimp, or andouille sausage to be found here. But you will find plenty of vegetables and beans, absolutely zesty flavors, and hearty satisfaction fit for a meatless feast. In fact, the serving size more than doubles from the original version! Enjoy it as an entrée on Fat Tuesday—or any day.


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creole vegan jambalaya

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  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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  • 1 cup long grain or medium grain brown rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups packed sliced fresh crimini (baby bella) mushrooms (8 ounces)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small or 1/2 large white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun or Creole seasoning*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added red kidney beans, drained


  1. Add the rice, broth, diced tomatoes with liquid, bay leaves, and salt to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. (The rice will be undercooked.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large (PFOA-free) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, pepper, onion, Cajun seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce and sauté until the mushrooms are fully wilted, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the beans and mushroom mixture into the rice mixture, cover, and continue to simmer until the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes more. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes to complete the cooking process. Remove the bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  4. Transfer to individual bowls. Serve with hot sauce on the side, if you like it extra spicy!


Per serving: 340 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 730mg sodium, 62g total carbohydrate, 14g dietary fiber, 7g sugars, 13g protein

*If desired, make your own salt-free Cajun seasoning. Stir together 1 tablespoon each sweet paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pep­per, dried oregano, dried thyme, and freshly ground black pepper. Store in a labeled jar.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups each



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  1. sounds yummy. looking forward to trying. we just celebrated mardi gras here in mobile, al….the original home of mardi gras 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Hope you enjoy it! I didn’t realize that Mobile, AL was the home of Mardi Gras. Cool! 🙂

    1. Go for it! You could simply stir in raw deveined shrimp about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking process. Enjoy!