Jini's 'make it better' jambalaya recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 2 mins to prepare and 28 mins to cook
  • 509 calories / serving
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One of our Food Love Stories features 'Jini', who knows that there’s only one way to heal her 14-year-old son Jack’s broken heart when he and his girlfriend split up (again): a big bowl of her homemade sausage jambalaya. Quick, warming and delicious, it’s like a hug in a bowl – the perfect cure for teenage heartbreak.

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  1. Put the rice in a sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold water for about 1 minute.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the sausages for a few minutes. Stir in the Cajun seasoning and onion, and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the rice to the pan and cook for another 30 seconds, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and 400ml (15 1/2fl oz) water.
  4. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the frozen veg and cook for another 10 minutes. Season. Serve piping hot.

Little help

Change up the frozen veg to suit your family’s taste – sweetcorn, mixed peppers or sliced green beans are all great options.

Leftovers

Try sprinkling Cajun seasoning over fish fillets, chicken breast and potato wedges before cooking for an extra hit of flavour.

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home and view the full Food safety at home video.

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  • Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) long grain rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 pork sausages, each cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 250g (8oz) frozen mixed vegetables
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  • Energy 2142kj 509kcal 25%
  • Fat 17g 24%
  • Saturates 4.5g 23%
  • Sugars 10.1g 11%
  • Salt 2g 33%

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Carbohydrate 70.8g Protein 19.4g Fibre 7.1g

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