When looking for a quick and easy dinner, I always try to make a one-pot meal. Vegan Jambalaya, for example, is a one-pot simple recipe, that can be made in 30 minutes or less, which is my kind of recipe.
Jambalaya, which is a Louisiana rice dish, originated in Spain and France. Although traditionally meat-based, Jambalaya can easily be transformed into a plant-based dish, maintaining the essence of the flavors and heat of typical jambalaya.
Despite its reputation for being hot, vegan jambalaya has a slightly spicy creole flavor, rather than using a hot cajun seasoning.
In order to make an authentic vegan jambalaya, I chose vegetables known as the "holy trinity" in Creole and Cajun cooking.
Even though vegetarian jambalaya is quick, easy, and can be made in one pot, it is loaded with vegetables, beans, brown rice, and tons of flavor.
WHAT VEGETABLES ARE IN VEGAN JAMBALAYA?
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 5 stalks celery, diced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1 Jalapeno, deveined and seeds, chopped
- 1 10 ounces can of Rotel spicy tomatoes or a can of 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes (if you prefer less spicy)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, cleaned, and diced
Of course, I added more vegetables to my vegan jambalaya recipe. Also, I included a can of dark red kidney beans. Despite my choice of vegetables, feel free to include any vegetables you prefer or delete those you don't like.
WHAT OTHER INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR ONE-POT EASY JAMBALAYA RECIPE?
Similar to other recipes, the secret is the combination of spices and herbs that bring out the natural flavoring of the vegetables and tomatoes.
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15 ounces canned dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 Tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons creole seasoning (I used Old Bay)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
COOKING QUICK AND EASY ONE-POT VEGAN JAMBALAYA
- Saute garlic, onion, celery, and mushrooms in a saute pan until the onions are translucent.
- Then, add diced red bell pepper and jalapeno
- Add Rotel tomatoes and stir (if you prefer it less spicy use a can of diced tomatoes without added heat)
- Add red kidney beans, Worchestershire sauce, and herbs and seasoning.
- Next, add 6 cups of vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add 2 cups of uncooked brown rice.
- Again, bring to a boil and stir.
- Reduce to simmer, and cover, cooking for 25 minutes.
However, the best part of this recipe is it all cooks in one pot in under 30 minutes. In fact, once everything is in the pan, and the vegetarian jambalaya is simmering, you can walk away. And, let's not forget you will only have one pan to wash, which is a bonus!
OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE MEAT INSTRUCTIONS
Although I am not a fan of "fake meat," my husband loves vegan Field Roast Sausage. I didn't like meat when I wasn't vegan, so eating fake meat that tastes like meat doesn't do much for me.
Since he enjoys it, I make the sausage separate and add it to his vegan jambalaya. FOr those who enjoy alternative meat, I have provided cooking options to include vegan sausage in the vegan jambalaya recipe.
ADDING SMOKED APPLE SAGE FIELD ROAST SAUSAGE TO VEGAN JAMBALAYA
If you want to include vegan sausage in the whole dish, saute the sausage, onions, and garlic first, before adding the other ingredients.
In the event, you are like me, and you don't want the vegan sausage in vegetarian jambalaya, then I suggest either grilling the sausage and adding it to the top before serving. Or, saute the bite-sized sausage pieces and add it to the vegan jambalaya before serving.
So if you need a quick and easy dinner, Quick and Easy Vegan Jambalaya is for you. Not only will you have a wonderful dinner, but the leftovers also pack up well for lunches the next day.
As a result, you make a one-pot meal that gives you multiple meals during the week. Not a fan of leftovers? Vegan Jambalaya can be frozen, thawed and reheated easily. Share this amazing Vegan Jambalaya Recipe with your family and friends.
OTHER QUICK AND EASY MEALS OPTIONS FOR DINNER ON THE FLY?
- Oil-Free Vegan 20 Minute One-Pot Wonder Pasta
- Vegan Minestrone Soup No Oil Rachel Ray Copy Cat
- Vegan Tortilla Soup
- Vegan Hungarian Goulash
- Vegan Chili Mac
- Vegan Meatloaf; Meatless Lentils!
- Vegan White Bean Chili
- Vegan Chili Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂