thread necro ftw...
I like to cook and made up a jambalaya recipe last night. I had a lot of things on hand already, but it can probably be made for ~$10 (as long as you already have a few basic spices) and makes enough for dinner and then lunch the rest of the week. Amounts do not have to be exact, when I cook I rarely measure. I wouldn't call it authentic or anything, but it is easy and cheap to make, tastes good, and is a complete, healthy meal.
a few cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 pound any type of sausage (pork, beef, sweet, spicy, whatever)
2 large tomatoes or one can chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 bay leaves
2 buillion cubes
2 cups long grain white rice
Finely dice the onion, bell peppers, garlic and tomatoes. Cut chicken and sausage into 1/2 inch cubes. In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons cooking oil (I use olive oil) sautee the sausage and chicken until cooked just on the outside (should take about 5 to 10 mins). Add in the diced onion, tomato, bell pepper and garlic and sautee for another 15 mins.
In a large stock pot combine the rice and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the dry spices and chicken and vegetables. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for ~20 mins or until the rice is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Enjoy!