It’s Time To Recreate Louisiana’s Famous Dish – Let’s Make Spicy Vegan Jambalaya
What Is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is the ultimate comfort food dish. This meal usually consists of chicken, sausage, shrimp, and rice. Whilst cooking jambalaya, an abundance of fragrant spices fill the air. It is truly quite the experience. So, you’re vegan but want to have your jambalaya experience. There are so many homemade vegan recipes floating around the internet so I am happy you stumbled upon this one. So if there is no meat involved, you may be wondering what vegetables go in jambalaya. Well, before talking about the vegetables, let’s talk about what we will be replacing the meat with. Today our recipe will be using black beans and Yves Veggie Ground Round. Yves Veggie Ground Round has truly been a lifesaver for me during times when I have needed meat-like substance to recreate an old favorite meal. When experimenting with this jambalaya recipe, I thought why not give it a try? And let me tell you. It is so delicious in this dish. If you are a fan of vegan sausages, you could replace the Veggie Ground Round with some Field Roast Sausages. It is truly up to you. Now for the vegetables. Today we will be using onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Nothing too crazy. However, if you are wanting to add more vegetables into the mix, no one is stopping you. There is a lot of freedom within this recipe so have fun with it!
Vegan Jambalaya Recipe
The vegan jambalaya slow cooker style is one of the most common routes to take. This way you can throw all of your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, have your jambalaya cooking all day, and come home at night to an amazing meal. However, I am aware that not everyone has a slow cooker, so fear not. Today we will be making our vegan jambalaya in a dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, a large pot with a lid will do. Once again, there is a lot of freedom with this recipe, so whatever changes you need to make to better fit your lifestyle is totally okay.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Yves veggie ground round
- 1 onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tbsp cumin
- ½ tsp cayenne (more if you want a spicy vegan jambalaya)
- 1 tsp oregano
- black pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
- 1 bell pepper (I use green), diced
- 1 cup uncooked rice (I use brown)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 can black beans, drained
The steps to creating this vegetable jambalaya are not too difficult. Stick with me and I will walk you through your every move.
Step one: Before adding heat to this homemade vegan meal I suggest prepping all of your ingredients. Measure everything out, chop everything up and set everything aside in small bowls. This way, when it comes time to cook your jambalaya vegan masterpiece, everything will already be waiting for you to throw in the pot. Now that you have completed all of your prep work, it’s time to get cooking.
Step two: Grab a large dutch oven and place it on the stove. Heat up your olive oil and add in your onions. Cook this for a few minutes until translucent.
Step three: Once your onions are translucent, add in your garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, and oregano.
Step four: Following your spices, you will add in your Yves Veggie Ground Round. Cook this until your ground round is heated all the way through. Remember, this is a vegetarian jambalaya with beans, so we don’t need to worry about any undercooked meat.
Step five: Next you will add your tomatoes and bell pepper into the mix. Allow this to cook for another two to three minutes.
Step six: Now it is time to add in your rice, vegetable stock, water, black beans, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn your oven to low heat, place the lid on your dutch oven and allow this mixture to cook for upwards of one hour.
Step seven: Before serving up your amazing jambalaya with beans, be sure to give it a taste. If you think your black bean jambalaya could use a little more salt or pepper, feel free to add more in.
Serve It Up!
Well, there you have it, a quick and easy jambalaya vegetarian style. Scoop a hefty amount of jambalaya into a bowl with a big spoon and serve it up with a nice piece of fresh bread or whatever you please. If you are having friends or family over for dinner this is the perfect meal to serve up. I promise you it will fill the space with warmth and happiness, as well as fill your bellies. There is not much to not like about this dish, so if you have picky eaters in your life this is perfect for them as well. This is a great meal to cook in advance and serve throughout the week. If you have a busy schedule, meal prepping this delicious meal will be a game-changer. This vegan jambalaya shows the world that truly anything can be made vegan. This is a dish that is usually centered around chicken, shrimp, and sausage and looks at what we were able to do. No one needs to be left out of the jambalaya fun just because they are vegan!
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