I have made this rice pilaf several times, and every time I have paired it with something different. It is great by itself, with beans on top, or even along side some BBQ seitan. I love it because 1) it automatically stretches any meal to save some money and 2) it has vegetables scattered throughout.
Yesterday, I unexpectedly had to take my cat to the vet. He has cut his paw and apparently licked it raw. It got worse overnight and the quickest they could get me in was around 5pm. I was in a panic trying to get him cleaned up, giving him a bath, making sure he was comfortable, putting his crate together and making sure he wasn’t getting his paw dirty. Unfortunately, this meant I was slacking on cooking dinner. When I left at 5 pm I realized I probably would not be able to cook until much later, and was behind on laundry and cleaning the dishes. By the time I got home it was around 7 pm. I went to the pet store to get a neck cone for the poor little dude, and ended up cooking around 8:30. I had no idea what I was going to make. I had a few canned beans, some corn, a bell pepper, some potatoes and some canned tomatoes. The answer was clear… chili. The best part is that while it cooked I did some laundry, nursed my kitty and did some dishes.
Those of you who have a busy weekend ahead, or just do not feel like cooking a lot this week, this is your new hero. This jambalaya is simple, and makes a ton of food. You can also add in absolutely anything you want (even those vegetables you forgot about, or that meat substitute that has been lingering in your freezer.)