Vegetarian Jambalaya

Vegetarian Jambalaya is a hearty and flavorful dish that is perfect for a comforting meal. Jambalaya is a traditional Creole dish that typically includes meat, seafood, and vegetables. This vegetarian version replaces the meat with plant-based protein sources like beans and tempeh.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans
  • 1 cup tempeh, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, and sauté until softened.
  3. Stir in the cajun seasoning, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  4. Add the uncooked rice and stir to coat with the vegetables and spices.
  5. Pour in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, and beans.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 18-20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Stir in the crumbled tempeh and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve.

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