A healthy twist on a Cajun classic, not so dirty rice is full of vegetables, rice and spicy Cajun seasoning.
It’s almost time for Mardi Gras, a day to enjoy all of your favorite rich foods before the season of Lent begins. Did you know that Mardi Gras is actually a carnival season that starts after the Feast of the Three Kings and ends with Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday? The season dates back to the mid 1800’s in New Orleans and even earlier in Europe. To join in the celebration of Mardi Gras, this week #SundaySupper members are sharing easy versions of Mardi Gras recipes.
Dirty rice is like a spicy fried rice that’s made “dirty” by cooking it with chicken livers 😒. I. can. not. cut up chicken livers and cook them, nor will I consciously eat them. I’m sure I’ve had them in hot dogs but what you don’t know won’t hurt you, right? That’s why I decided to make a not so dirty rice version with chopped up portobello mushrooms pieces and ground chicken breast to dirty up the rice.
I’m always looking for ways to add more vegetables, so I decided to clean the rice up even more by mixing cauliflower rice with the brown rice. Even though this is a health-ified version of dirty rice, it’s not short on flavor and spice- who need those chicken livers anyway! I mixed up my own blend of Cajun spices (recipe below) so it’s easy to control the heat if it’s not your thing. Not so dirty rice can be served as a main or side dish.
- For the Cajun Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1½ teaspoons cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your heat tolerance)
- 1½ teaspoons thyme
- For the Rice
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- ¾ cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 portobello mushrooms cut into ¼ inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons Cajun spice divided
- 4 ounces ground chicken breast
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- ½ cup celery diced - about 2 stalks
- 2 cups cauliflower rice - ½ head cauliflower riced in food processor
- Mix the spices together to make the spice mix
- Heat a skillet over medium heat - brown the chicken with the onions,garlic,and mushrooms cook for 5 minutes
- Add peppers and celery along with one tablespoon of cajun spice. Reduce heat and cook until vegetables begin to soften - no more than 10 minutes
- Add the cauliflower rice and cook for five minutes
- Add the brown rice and 1 tablespoon of cajun spice mix well.
Make this Vegan/Vegetarian by omitting ground chicken breast and add 2 more mushrooms
Make this lower carb by using all cauliflower rice
Be sure to check out all of the Mardi Gras recipes below, and a big thanks to Marion over at Life Tastes Good for hosting this event!
- Andouille & Crawfish Pimento Cheese Fries by Soulfully Made
- Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Mardi Gras Muffuletta Dip by For the Love of Food
- Piquant Shrimp Balls by Food Lust People Love
- Trinidadian doubles by Caroline’s Cooking
- Andouille and Chicken Gumbo by Delaware Girl Eats
- Bananas Foster French Toast by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal by Cooking With Carlee
- Blackened Shrimp Pasta by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Cajun Courtbouillon by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Cajun Pasta Carnivale by Palatable Pastime
- Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo by The Freshman Cook
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta by Wholistic Woman
- Creole Beef and Rice Bowl by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Gluten Free Gumbo by Cricket’s Confections
- Gumbo Z’herbes by Monica’s Table
- Hawaiian Jambalaya by Shockingly Delicious
- Not So Dirty Rice by Simple and Savory
- Overnight Muffuletta Sandwich by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Shrimp Gumbo by The Chef Next Door
- Slow Cooker Jambalaya by The Crum by Cupcake
- Spicy Jambalaya Flatbread by My Life Cookbook
- Tenderloin Grillades with Cheesy Grits by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Vegetarian Muffaletta Sandwich by Hardly A Goddess
- Creole Potato Salad by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Easy Buttermilk Cornbread by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Muffaletta Wedge Salad by Shaken Together
- New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Red Beans and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Bananas Foster by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Basic Bread Pudding by What Smells So Good?
- Bourbon Vanilla Cherries Jubilee by Pies and Plots
- Easy Chocolate Lemon Doberge Cake by Crazed Mom
- Easy King Cake Cheese Ball by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Mini King Cakes by Family Around The Table
- New Orleans Mardi Gras Beignets by Big Bear’s Wife
- Pecan Praline Cookies by Sunday Supper Movement
- Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake by Curious Cuisiniere
- White Chocolate-Raspberry Bread Pudding by Gourmet Everyday
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