This is an older recipe from a cookbook that I modified to fit in with my family's spiciness restrictions. It's extremely easy to double or even triple and freezes well, so feel free to let your slow cooker do the work and make some freezer meals.
- 1 T EVOO -- 10 cents
- 1 lb pork chops -- $2.81
- 1/4 t celery salt -- 1 cent
- pepper to taste -- 2 cents
- 1/2 lb smoked sausage (no kielbasa on hand) -- 89 cents
- 1 can (about 15 oz) diced tomatoes -- 49 cents
- 1/2 red bell pepper -- 50 cents
- 1/2 C chicken broth -- 16 cents
- 1 t oregano -- 3 cents
- 1 t Cajun seasoning -- 3 cents**
- 1/2 onion -- 16 cents
- 2 C instant brown rice -- 36 cents
Total cost: $5.56
Makes 4 servings, but we only got 3 out of it. It was garage sale day and it was chilly out; I think we were hungrier than normal, but it was a filling meal and well worth it. Per person this works out to $1.85.
How I made it:
- Cut pork chop into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Sprinkle with celery salt and pepper. Brown in skillet with EVOO. They don't have to be cooked through; they will finish up in the slow cooker.
- Add pork chops to slow cooker along with all your other ingredients. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Making the recipe this way (with 4 servings) doesn't yield a lot so watch your crock size; crocks should be at least 1/2 full during cooking.
- Cook brown rice according to directions. Place brown rice in the bottom of your bowls and scoop jambalaya on top.
- We were supposed to have fruit with this. Instead we had the fruit later as a snack.
- I use celery salt because my family, and especially me, isn't into celery a whole lot. This way we get the flavor but within our control. It's not the exact same, but it works for us. If you like celery, by all means just use regular salt and add some chopped celery to your list of ingredients!
- I did not double the recipe this time around because I'm low on freezer space. By mid-October this should not be a problem. (Good problem to have though, right?) Really though, if you can, at least double it and freeze the extra. The next time you need a 15-minute meal all you have to do is heat the jambalaya and cook up some fresh rice. Easy-peasy.