Summer Sausage Jambalaya

I had some left over beef summer sausage from a recent camping trip. Normally I stay away from any processed meats since most contain loads of artificial preservatives like nitrates and nitrites, gluten fillers, and MSG. But, I found a great summer sausage that was uncured, gluten free and organic. So, I turned it into a simple jambalaya.  I used quinoa -my favorite food to cook with because of it's short cooking time and super food qualities, but you can use brown rice instead.  Just up the cooking time an additional 30 minutes.

Summer Sausage Jambalaya

1 can gluten free chicken broth (2 cups)
1 cup quinoa (if using brown rice up the liquid to 2 1/2 cups)
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne
1/8-1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes
1/2 lb. red, green and yellow bell peppers, diced
1 celery rib
1 , sliced

Mix all the spices and garlic with chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add quinoa (or rice) and half of sausage.  Simmer until liquid has been mostly absorbed.  While grain is cooking, in separate pan simmer vegetable, tomatoes and remaining sausage (you may need to add some more chicken broth) Mix quinoa/rice with veggies and serve.  Serves 4 


* If you haven't tried quinoa (Keen-wa) yet, you must!  It is so simple to make and super healthy for you. 

* You don't usually think of sausage as being healthy, but it can be if you are aware of what you're purchasing.  Here's a few things I learned about the potentially confusing term, "organic".   "The term "organic" refers to foods grown and processed without chemical toxins, artificial ingredients, chemical preservatives or ionizing radiation. " Check out the guidelines for organic foods 
 
• 100 percent Organic -- All ingredients are organic.
• Organic -- 95 percent or more of the total ingredients are organic.
• Made with Organic Ingredients -- At least 70 percent of the ingredients are organic.

"Animals fed an organic diet were slimmer (yes, skinnier!) than their un-organic fed counterparts because fat cells appear to trap and store the heavy pesticide residues found in un-organic produce

• Organics appear to promote weight loss by reducing your exposure to chemical pesticides which bind to fat and once absorbed may stay in the body for a lifetime (over 350 chemicals can accumulate in our body fat!)."
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robyn-o/organic-food-what-does-or_b_538535.html

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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