Healthy Jumbalaya
Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
45 minutes
Yields: 
6 people
Ingredients: 

1 1/2 lb. Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
1 lb Chicken Sausage (or whatever kind of sausage you prefer)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
1 can (14 oz) Petite Diced Tomatoes
2/3 cup uncooked Quinoa (rinsed)
3/4 cup pitted and quartered Kalamata Olives
Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like it spicy!)
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Fresh Parsley (to garnish)
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (*Optional cheese substitute that thickens and adds a nice cheesy flavor)

Directions: 
  1. Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  2. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté chicken sausage until browned (2 min), as it will cook more later (to make it easier, cut sausage into thirds)
  4. Transfer the chicken sausage to a plate and allow to cool, then slice into bite size pieces.
  5. In the same saucepan lower heat to medium. Add remaining olive oil.
  6. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
  8. To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  9. Stir in chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15-20 minutes.
  10. Stir the chicken sausage, olives, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 10 minutes.
  11. Stir in parsley and nutritional yeast (or add your favorite shredded cheese on top) and serve. **The longer it sits, the better the flavors are able to absorb into the stew.
Notes: 

**This recipe is great for a cold, winter day or for fall Game Days!  It’s even better leftover, but you may want to double this recipe, because I highly doubt you will have any leftovers!  Enjoy!!

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