Cajun something or other

I was going to complain that my sandwich at Jimmy John’s today, looked like this…

Jimmy John's

Instead of this…

6a0120a707012b970b012876ab3abc970c-800wiBut then I realized, that that is just the way the cookie crumbles…

So, the other night, I had full intentions of making gumbo without shrimp.  I began the chicken, and then the vegetables, and realized I didn’t have okra.  Gumbo without okra7B0AC9F0-5D35-4877-BA87-ECEE5E50AD97-7149-00000256817AE092 just didn’t sound right.  So I added beans, and then realized that gumbo doesn’t normally have beans.  Then I added diced tomatoes, and realized that some gumbo doesn’t have tomatoes either…so, I’m not really sure what this dish is, or what I should call it…but it was really good!  It has cajun seasoning in it, so the only thing I could come up with is “Cajun something or other.”  So, if anyone else has a good name out there, feel free to help me out!

Cajun something or other


4 chicken tenderloins (or 2 chicken breasts), cubed
1/2 polska kielbasa, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
2 bouillon cubes with 2 cups water (or 2 cups beef broth)
1 cup riceCajun seasoning
Garlic salt
Onion powder

1. In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, heat the EVOO.  Once hot, add the chicken in.  Season with pepper and garlic salt.  Cook until no longer pink.
2. Add the onions, garlic, and bell pepper in the pan with the chicken and saute until the onion is translucent.
3. Combine the diced tomatoes, black beans, bouillon cubes, water, rice, and seasoning.  If using instant rice, allow to cook until the rice is cooked through.  If using real rice, turn the heat up to high and let boil.  Once it begins to boil, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid.  By the time the rice is completely cooked, all of the juices will be gone.  It really makes a tasty dish, because the rice has absorbed all of the liquids.  Right before removing from the stove, add in the polska kielbasa, and cook until cooked thoroughly (I use pre-cooked polska, so you might have to change this if you don’t).


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Finals = Simple Meal

It’s finals week and this past weekend I did absolutely nothing to prepare, because I didn’t  realize that I have two finals on Wednesday…so dinner was easy, and this blog post will be short.  I hope everyone is doing well, and if you are taking finals don’t forget to take a break and eat!

Super Easy Beef Teriyaki


Beef sirloin, cubed68C08933-3A35-4042-9F80-E72D489651E8-1782-000000A0A070AD4B1 bell pepper, cubed
1 onion, cubed
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/3 cup jar Teriyaki sauce
Beef bouillon cube
Frozen Stir-fry vegetables (optional)
Crushed Red Pepper
Garlic Salt
Onion powder

1. Cook the rice according to directions.
2. Over low heat, add in the EVOO and minced garlic.  Saute for about 30 seconds, and then add in the onion and bell pepper.
3. Now add in the sirloin and seasoning, and turn the heat up to medium high.  Cook until the meat is no longer pink on the outside.
4. Add in stir fry vegetables if you choose to use some, teriyaki sauce and the bouillon cube.
5. Cook for 3-5 minutes longer (long enough for the bouillon cube to disappear, and the stir fry veggies to be cooked).