Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cooking Light Night #10

I've been watching a lot of the show Biggest Loser lately. It is a really interesting and motivating show. I never thought I would learn as much as I have about living a healthy lifestyle. I've learned so many new exercises, tips, etc. But the one thing I am continually reminded of is how important it is to eat healthy and balanced foods to give your body the nutrients it needs to endure your workouts, build muscle, and maintain a healthy heart. Last night I came home from work, ran three and a half miles on the treadmill, did a 20 minute strength training workout on Exercise TV, and then made this tasty and hearty meal. I used smoked chicken Andouille sausage from Trader Joes and grilled chopped chicken breast instead of turkey. It was a fun and easy recipe with good flavoring and a nice kick of heat from the spicy sausage. I served with steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. And I'm really looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today!

Turkey Jambalaya

Andouille sausage adds a kick to the Cajun classic from Louisiana. Rice and shredded turkey absorb a flavorful mixture of tomatoes and spices until they're bursting with flavor.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup uncooked long-grain rice2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cups shredded cooked turkey

6 ounces andouille sausage, chopped

2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in bell peppers and next 5 ingredients (bell peppers through black pepper); sauté 1 minute. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add turkey and sausage; cover and cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup) CALORIES 249 (27% from fat); FAT 7.6g (sat 2.4g,mono 3.4g,poly 1.3g); IRON 2.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 42mg; CALCIUM 37mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.4g; SODIUM 523mg; PROTEIN 17.3g; FIBER 2.7g

Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2001


Allison said...

Your recipe looks fantastic! I too love Biggest Loser and ExerciseTV (www.exercisetv.tv).

What strength training workout did you do?

Have you tried Cardio Abs, Core or Ab Trimmer? Those are my favorite.

Do you have a favorite to win Biggest Loser?

Cindy said...

Hi Allison. Thanks for commenting. On Exercise TV I usually just go to the 20 minute workouts and try a different one each time. Earlier this week I tried the basic strength training workout which was pretty good and today I tried Bikini Body - kicked my butt! I'm hoping for Colleen or Amy to win Biggest Loser. I was so sad to see Shellay go home last week but her transformation was Amazing!