Once, I was lucky enough to visit New Orleans and try some of the food there. I really enjoyed the different things we tried but one of my favorites was jambalaya. The only problem now is my stomach doesn't take kindly to all that spice. Solution.... come up with my own version that is tamed down a bit.
1 box - Chicken Helper, Chicken Fried Rice
2 large - Chicken Breast
1 pkg - Polish Keil Basa
1/2 lb - Shrimp, pre-cooked
1/2 cup - Frozen Peas
2, 8 oz cans - Sliced Mushrooms
1 cup - Rice
I first, cut the chicken breast into chunks and cook in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Once it is cooked through, I combine the rest of the ingredients and let it come to a boil. Once it starts to boil, I turn the heat down to a simmer and let it go till the rice cooks. (You may have to add a little more water). I do not use the egg that the chicken helper calls for.
Its a quick and simple meal and usually takes around 30 - 40 minutes to complete. Plus only one skillet to wash!
I try to always cook from scratch but the Hamburger and Chicken Helper mixes are nice and quick on those days I don't feel up to a big meal. I am usually lucky to find them at the local Schnuck 10/$10.00. Its so easy to grab one and throw a few extras in it for a great meal.
Hope you enjoy! (especially you Chris! :) )