Shrimp Jambalaya - Delicious Decisions

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The word “jambalaya” is thought to come from jambon, the French word for ham. It’s a given, then, that ham is one of the primary ingredients of jambalaya; however, you don’t need much when you use smoked ham and chop it finely to distribute its distinct flavor throughout the dish.

Nutrition Facts

Shrimp Jambalaya - Delicious Decisions


196 Per Serving


14g Per Serving


4g Per Serving
Calories 196
Total Fat 2.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 78 mg
Sodium 472 mg
Total Carbohydrate 30 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 14 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 1/2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch


Servings  4  

  • 14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 cup water (if cooking on low or 1 1/2 cups water if cooking on high)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 medium rib of celery, sliced crosswise
  • 1 small green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 oz. low-sodium, low-fat smoked ham, all visible fat discarded. finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley (crumbled)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano (crumbled)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme (crumbled)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 medium dried bay leaf
  • 8 oz. raw medium shrimp (thawed if frozen), rinsed, peeled, patted dry
  • 1 cup frozen, cut okra (thawed)
  • 1 cup uncooked, instant brown rice
  • 1/4 cup snipped, fresh parsley (crumbled)


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  1. In a 3- to 4 1/2-quart round or oval slow cooker, stir together the tomatoes with liquid, water, onion, celery, bell pepper, ham, parsley, oregano, garlic, thyme, cayenne, and bay leaf. Cook, covered, on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
  2. If using the low setting, change it to high. Quickly stir in the shrimp, okra, and rice and re-cover the slow cooker. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Discard the bay leaf. Serve the jambalaya sprinkled with the parsley.
AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

The versatile slow cooker is American’s favorite kitchen appliance -- AND -- it can help support a healthy diet! The American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition is back with brand new recipes that utilize your slow cooker and nourish you. From appetizers to desserts, the 230 recipes in this cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. Photography ©2018 by Lauren Volo.

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This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Copyright © 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.