One key to preparing a good meal in a short amount of time is preparation and organization. This easy jambalaya recipe can be prepared in record time if you use a few of my time-saving tips.
First, I recommend using one bamboo cutting board for each cutting job or, at the very least, for each type of ingredient. When you organize your ingredients this way, you’ll find you have an easier time getting them from prep to plate. Instead of slowing down the food prep by spending time washing boards between cutting jobs you can do all your washing while the food is cooking. You’ll also have each ingredient ready to add to the pot right where you left it instead of having to transfer ingredients to different containers and then remember where you set them aside. When picking out your cutting board set, I specify a bamboo cutting board for several reasons:
Benefits of A Bamboo Cutting Board
-A real bamboo cutting board is far more gentle on your knives than most other materials. This will save you money in the long run.
-Bamboo is easy to clean and maintain. You just wash with hot water and soap and then air dry. You’ll find a bamboo cutting board for easier to maintain than a wood cutting board and safer than plastic.
-Bamboo is recyclable and, therefore, better for the environment.
My preferred brand Premium Bamboo makes a bamboo cutting board that is 100% antimicrobial.
Second, you can prepare larger quantities of some ingredients if you know you will be using them soon. A chopped onion will stay fresh in your refrigerator for two to three days if you place it in a sealed container.
Third, if you use a combination of spices frequently, you can mix them in advance and store in an extra salt or pepper shaker. For example, we use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder frequently so we keep handy a mixture of one part salt, one part pepper, one part garlic powder, and a half a part onion powder.
Now give these time-saving tips a try while you whip up some delicious food using my easy jambalaya recipe!
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp file powder (optional)
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Worcester sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 cup lentils
1 small onion chopped
1 large sausage link (about 1 cup) sliced into thin pieces
1/2 cup smoked ham, diced
3 bay leaves
Extra thick bamboo cutting board set
Easy Jambalaya Recipe
Combine all dry spices in a small mixing bowl.
Place chicken stock and water into a medium size pot. In a colander, rinse lentils with water to remove any particulates. Once the water runs clear, place the lentils, bay leaves, and about half of your spice mixture in the pot with the stock and water. Bring ingredients to a boil. Cover pot and let simmer on low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
In a frying pan, melt butter on medium heat. Once the butter is melted you can toss in your onions and garlic. Cook for five minutes or until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally and then add ham and sausage. Once ham and sausage are heated you can add the other half of your dry spice mixture. Reduce temperature to low and continue stirring.
Once the lentils have softened add the Worcester and Tabasco sauces and stir in ingredients from frying pan. Let simmer for an additional five minutes and serve hot with bread.
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