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EATING FOR LIFE | Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Updated: 2013-04-16T21:39:39Z

By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA

The Kansas City Star

Mardi Gras may have come and gone, but that’s no reason to give up the joys of jambalaya.

Perfect for a party any time of year, the traditional Cajun-Creole rice casserole is studded with tomatoes, green pepper, celery, onions and bite-size pieces of meat, poultry or seafood.

Although rice is the key ingredient, jambalaya’s melodic name may derive from the Spanish word for ham, jamon, or the French word, jambon.

But there are literally as many recipes for the dish as there are cooks, and modern versions aren’t shy about substituting leaner meats, including chicken and turkey sausage.

In addition to choosing leaner meats, The Star’s Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya adds brown rice to the mix. A whole grain, brown rice retains its high-fiber bran coating.

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