Easy Smoked Sausage Recipe | “Skinny” Jambalaya

This Jambalaya comes together in one pot and is about 1/2 the calories of the rice version! It’s an easy smoked sausage recipe that you’ll be happy you saved!

Skinny Cauliflower jambalaya with smoked sausage

Husband and I have been trying to keep it lighter these days and we’ve been counting our calories and hitting the gym. Of course, because he’s a man, all he had to do was announce that out loud and karma started eating away at his fat… but for me, I have to be a bit more careful and make sure I live within my calorie count. We generally eat super light all day so we can have a “regular” dinner, but we were both craving jumbalaya. It’s about 400 calories for 1 cup of normal jambalaya, depending on how it’s made…etc. This version is 233 calories for 1 cup and tastes a lot like the original! I’m glad add this easy smoked sausage recipe to my arsenal because it’s one of those comfort foods that I have often wished wasn’t so heavy and made me feel guilty to eat!

My favorite way to make jambalaya is with smoked sausage, so I grabbed the Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage at my Fry’s in the deli section. This is an easy smoked sausage recipe for dinner that I can say I’ll be making again for sure! My kids gobbled this up and it was mostly veggies and yummy sausage! For the win!

Skinny Cauliflower jambalaya with smoked sausage

“Skinny” Jambalaya with Smoked Sausage Recipe


  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 full sticks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato
  • 1 whole head cauliflower
  • 14 oz package of Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage
  • 3-4 tsp Emeril’s Essence {Seasoning}
  • 1/5 cups less sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and Fresh Black Pepper to taste

  • For Spicy Lovers, Add:
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Tapatio Hot Sauce

what to do

Cut the sausage into slices and half them. Put in a large pot on medium heat and brown them, stirring occasionally.

While those brown, cut onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and add to browned meat with butter. Stir occasionally.

Finely chop the cauliflower in a food processor or blender until about the same size as rice. When the veggies are clear and soft, add in the cauliflower, and chicken broth. Turn heat up to med-high heat and cover for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked through. Be sure to check and stir occasionally to be sure it stays moist and cooking. Add in seasoning, and chopped sun-dried tomato, then remove from heat and let stand a few minutes to cool before serving.


Skinny Cauliflower jambalaya with smoked sausage


Between 3/30-4/19/16 you can pick up 2 Hillshire Farm sausages for only $5 while supplies last! Be sure to check your Kroger store for the weekly ads before you go! And be sure to check out Hillshire Farms for more sausage recipes!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  and Hillshire Farm, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #nohasslesavorymeal http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Skinny Cauliflower jambalaya with smoked sausage


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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

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