Southern-style cooking at its finest!

Southern-style cooking at its finest!

by Natalie L 31 Jan 2020

When you hear “southern-style cooking”, Jambalaya is probably the first thing which comes to mind, and rightfully so! Jambalaya is not only a relatively convenient dish to prepare, but it is also a flavourful and delicious one. It is a great hit with both the old and young, making it a top pick for family dinners and parties. If you are feeling adventurous and wish to whip one up your loved ones, be sure to try out one of these great recipes!  


Chicken quinoa jambalaya


  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 2 oz smoked sausage/ kielbasa
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/3 cup green pepper (diced)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce



  1. Add all of the ingredients (except for the Worcestershire sauce) into a skillet. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  2. Cover the skillet and allow it to cook for another 20-30 minutes (or until the quinoa looked puffed up).
  3. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and serve.


Healthy Jambalaya


  • 5 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp (peeled)
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 stick celery (sliced)
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • 1.5 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Sliced green onions (garnish)
  • Chopped fresh parsley (garnish)
  • Louisiana hot sauce



1. Cook the sausage using olive oil in a pot, over medium heat. Then, remove the sausage.

2. Add 1 tbsp oil, garlic, onion, bell pepper and celery and sauté in a pot, over medium heat until softened.

3. Add Cajun seasoning, black pepper, salt to the pot and stir.

4. Add tomatoes, chicken broth and sausage to the pot and stir.

5. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

6. Add the shrimp and cauliflower rice. Cook on low heat and stir consistently, until the shrimp is well-cooked.

7. Serve with Louisiana hot sauce.


For those who prefer a plant-based option, the following recipe is for you!


Quinoa and tempeh


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup tempeh
  • 1 onion
  • Green onions (to garnish)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)



1. Mix the chopped onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic on a saucepan. Add sufficient water to the saucepan and heat over medium heat.

2. Add the other ingredients into the saucepan—including 1 cup tempeh, 1 can tomatoes, 2 cups vegetable broth, uncooked quinoa, spices and herbs, salt and pepper. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes or until well-blended.

3. Plate your dish and add some cooked quinoa to the middle of the plate. Sprinkle some sliced green onions over the dish, and you are ready to serve it!


While Southern cuisine is typically regarded as being a little sinful, a few tweaks can turn jambalaya into a dish that is healthy, delicious and easy to prepare. For a hearty (and heart-friendly) introduction to the joys of Southern dining, give these recipes a shot and be hooked!