Meatless Monday: Jambalaya

Kick off Mardi Gras and Carnival season with a meatless twist on the Creole favorite, jambalaya from the editors of


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onions, finely diced
  • 1 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 2 cups eggplants, finely diced
  • 1 cup yellow squash, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, shallots, celery, bell peppers and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggplant, squash, and zucchini, and sauté until they’re tender, about other 5 minutes or so.
  4. Add the tomatoes.
  5. Season with salt, Creole seasoning, and additional cayenne, if desired and add the bay leaves.
  6. Add the rice and stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Heat the tomato paste in a non-stick pan and stir, making sure it doesn’t stick or burn, until the sugars in the paste begin to caramelize, and the paste begins to turn a deep mahogany color.
  8. Deglaze with some of the vegetable stock, stir and combine thoroughly.
  9. Add the tomato paste to the rest of the vegetable stock and stir until well blended.
  10. Add the vegetable stock/tomato mixture to vegetables, stir and cover.
  11. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  12. Do not stir the jambalaya while it is cooking.
  13. Remove from heat and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
  14. Add the green onions and mix thoroughly.
  15. Garnish with some fresh long chives, and serve alongside a salad.



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