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Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, Exclusive: Jambalaya


We love this ragin’ Cajun dish so much in my family, I reckon we have it several times a month. It’s got all you need for a well-rounded dinner cooked all together in the same skillet. I always bring it to the table right there in the skillet I cooked it in so I don’t have to dirty up another dish. If we don’t have shrimp in the house (which is rare, but it happens!), then I throw in cooked, cubed chicken instead.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces Andouille chicken sausage, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 to 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sausage and cayenne and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add 2 cups of the chicken broth, tomatoes, rice, and salt. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until the rice is completely tender and the shrimp are cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes more. If the mixture starts to seem dry, add more broth to moisten it up. Season with the Tabasco and serve.

Serves 6


More about Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Recipes All Lightened Up

Paula Deen has lost over 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. Paula’s key to weight loss is moderation and accountability, and one day a week she still enjoys good old southern cooking with biscuits and all. One does not have to give up taste when reducing calories, and these recipes are a testament to that. Paula shares 250 of her favorite recipes lightened up. This brand-new, New York Times best-selling cookbook presents lightened up versions of fifty of her classic southern recipes and presents new recipes that cut the calories but not the delicious taste.

The New-York Times Best-Selling cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, is now available now at AmazonBarnes & NobleTarget, and your local bookstores!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.


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