Jumbo Shrimp & Boiled Sausage Creole with Mushrooms & Bell Peppers {Recipe ReDux}


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{Recipe ReDux February, 2013}

I want to first say thank you to the ladies of The Recipe ReDux for accepting me into this awesome group to not only be involved with like minded Dietitians and nutrition professionals, but also the ability to be a part of a wonderful show case of healthy, beautiful, great tasting recipes….. The very essence of what this group is all about. The Recipe ReDux is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians and is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you.

On the 21st of each month, all of the bloggers involved in the redux post their recipe based on a certain theme assigned for each month. This months theme for the Recipe ReDux Reveal is the “Oscars in the kitchen.”

When we think of our favorite movies, it is quite possible that Forrest Gump is at the top of the list for many of us. So many wonderful characters and life lessons wrapped up in only a few hours on the big screen. It is hard not to recall the great characters of Forrest, Lt. Dan, Jenny, Mama or Bubba Gump.

Often times, it is the movies we have seen that leave an impression in our life or speak softly to our heart. But what about food? Is it possible for movies to influence our choices and preferences in regards to food? I think yes.

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Shrimp according to Bubba Gump….

“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it, stays on shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan-fried, deep fried, stir-fired, there’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp…”

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*photo courtesy of speakinggump.com

In honor of Forrest Gump and the up coming Oscars, here is a tasty, healthy recipe using jumbo shrimp, boiled lean sausage, multi colored peppers, roma tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and brown rice all tangled up in a homemade blended creole seasoning. This dish is high in macro and micro nutrients, protein, fiber and powerful antioxidants with a wonderful array of vegetables. Thank you Forrest and Bubba for inspiring this decadent dish.

Ingredients:

-2 cups brown rice, cooked
-6 large lean sweet Italian sausage links, boiled and sliced
-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 of a green, red, orange, and yellow bell pepper, diced
-2 sweet onions, diced
-3 roma tomatoes, diced
-1 c. tomato sauce or marinara
-1 c. reduced fat, sodium free chicken stock
-homemade creole seasoning, recipe below using total amount
-1 quart of button or white mushrooms, sliced
-1 lb. jumbo shrimp, without the tail

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The Holy trinity is a staple cooking method and popular in the Bayou of the Louisiana region. Onions, green peppers and celery are the three ingredients that make up this common preparation and is also sometimes referred to as the bayou blend.

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Button mushrooms or white mushrooms contain some of the highest amounts of antioxidants compared with other mushrooms, even compared to exotic mushrooms.

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Andrea’s Homemade Creole Seasoning:

-2 tsp dried basil
-2 tsp dried oregano
-1/2 tsp marjoram
-2 tbsp paprika
-1 tbsp chili powder
-1 tbsp granulated garlic
-1 pinch salt
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1 or 2 tbsp of cayenne powder if spicey-heat is desired

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Before beginning the creole entree, steam two cups of brown rice and begin a gentle boil with lean, sweet Italian sausage. By boiling the sausage, you will reduce a lot of the fat content. Slice thinly after cooking.

Instructions:

1. Cook rice, set aside.
2. Boil Sausage, let cool and slice into thin bite size pieces.
3. In a large saute pan over medium high heat, saute onions, all peppers and celery in olive oil until soft.
4. Add in sausage and homemade creole seasoning and let simmer for five minutes.
5. Add in mushrooms, diced roma tomatoes, chicken stock and tomato sauce, let simmer for 20-30 minutes.
6. Add in shrimp and cover on low heat for 10 minutes.
7. Serve over brown rice and garnish with fresh, diced green onions.
8. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Jumbo Shrimp & Boiled Sausage Creole with Mushrooms & Bell Peppers {Recipe ReDux}

  1. First off, welcome Andrea! We’re thrilled to have you on board! Secondly, you totally got me with this post – I adore Forrest Gump – what an amazing movie and shrimp is really one of my most favorite foods along with southern cuisine. Cannot wait to make this one! (Beautiful photos too!)

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