Mar 3, 2014

Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp



A healthier twist on a Cajun classic, the addition of shrimp turns this into a fabulous main dish. I'd like to think of this as a Cajun shrimp fried rice. With Mardi Gras ends tomorrow, I thought this would be the perfect timing to share this recipe from the archives because I LOVE this dish!

Dirty rice is a classic Cajun dish made "dirty" by cooking the rice with minced livers or gizzards. I created a healthier version using brown rice and lean ground beef in place of the chicken livers that normally make dirty rice "dirty".

But don't worry, this healthier version does not skimp on flavor! It has plenty of spices and a bit of kick, you can adjust the heat to your taste but don't be shy with the cayenne if you can handle it!

A healthier version of dirty rice using brown rice and lean ground beef – delicious!

Normally a rice dish like this if made with white rice would be cooked all in one pot, but after several attempts to perfect this I found that cooking the brown rice all together created an unpleasant mushy texture. By cooking the brown rice separate, the texture of the rice was perfect when mixed with the beef and shrimp and made a delicious main dish even my "non-brown rice eating" husband enjoyed. 



Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 346.6 • Fat: 5.9 g • Protein: 27.8 g • Carb: 44.2 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 1.1 g
Sodium: 151.0 mg (without salt) 


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • chicken bouillon cube (Knorr)
  • 2 bay leaves, divided
  • 1/8 + 1/4 tsp cayenne, divided
  • 1/8 + 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 + 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb 96% lean ground beef (Laura's lean beef)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Directions:

Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with a chicken bouillon, 1 bay leaf and 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of salt, cayenne, paprika and thyme.


When the rice is almost done cooking, heat a large heavy saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the oil, onions, green pepper, celery, bay leaf and garlic. Sauté on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add beef, salt, black pepper, remaining paprika, thyme and cayenne pepper. Sauté until browned, about 10-15 minutes; add shrimp, cover and cook 5 more minutes.


When the rice is done, toss with beef and shrimp and combine well. Top with scallions and serve.

Makes 6 1/2 cups.

135 comments :

  1. Yum. This is going on my meal plan for sure!

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  2. Oh, how I wish lean ground beef was in my budget!

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    1. If you cant afford it then just get what you can and make sure after it is done cooking you rinse the meat. It takes the extra fat away.

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    2. what about turkey?

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    3. Can you get the lean ground beef at your butcher counter and order exactly what is needed or a little less? That is what I do and it is usually only a couple dollars and I can spread it out to last 2 meals.

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    4. I bought 1/2 lb of extra lean ground beef and it cost me 2.65. 8 live in I live in Michigan and shop at Meijer.

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    5. omg absolutely love how you included old points , I am still on the old plan !!!!! LOVE IT !!

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    6. You could try brown lentils instead of the mince. If that's too much fiber for you then you could switch the rice back to white rice.

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    7. If you did use lentils, how much would you use?

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    8. Use a salad spinner to get the fat out from cooked beef. Brown your ground beef like normal, then drain into a metal strainer or something that can take the heat. After it cools some ( able to touch ) then put in a salad spinner, spin as much as your arm will allow. You would be amazed how much fat will get out.

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    9. Just an FYI. On the new WW points, in this amount 93% is no more points. I thought there used to be more of a difference, on the old point system. I don't even bother with the 95 or 96% anymore based on points.

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  3. Oh wow! I can taste it from here.
    Thanks for skinnifying Cajun dishes. I lived in Louisiana for a good while and I love their dishes ....Please keep Cajun dishes coming.

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  4. This looks fantastic. Can't wait to try it. Quick question: Even though you are using lean ground beef, do you need to drain the fat off before adding the Shrimp? Not sure how much will be in the pan with only a 1/2 pound.
    BTW - LOVE your site and the recipes. Both hubby and I have recently joined WW and we have already made several dishes. All tasty and healthy!

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    1. I started WW online about 3 weeks ago. I found out about this site after reading a post on the WW site. I must say this site has tons of recipe options with GREAT pictures and step by step instructions. I LOVE THIS SITE. The next step is to actually prepare some of the recipes.

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  5. This looks delicious! I want to make this, do you think that ground Turkey would be just as good (I am not a red meat person!)?

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  6. Similar to Hilliary's question, but I'm curious if I can just leave out the beef altogether?

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  7. Hillary, yes ground turkey is fine. I've even used ground soy crumbles. Just remember to add a tablespoon of olive oil because both ground soy and turkey are fat free meats and the resulting dish can turn out very dry.

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  8. You should be able to make this with faux-beef (feef?) crumbles if you want to skip on the beef. I've done a similar recipe for a vegetarian potluck (without the shrimp, though), and it turned out really well. A tiny bit of ground sausage would also work if you just aren't a fan of beef.

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  9. I'm wondering where I can get 96% lean ground beef - I've never seen beef that lean. I live in Canada...perhaps they don't carry that stuff here??

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    1. usually they make a 93% but if you cant find it then just get what is closest and rinse the meat after browning.

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    2. You could also grind your own meat to get it even leaner. Thats what I do. I buy really lean steaks, cut off all the fat then grind it. My ground beef is always super lean and it's cheaper then buying the 96% or even the 93% sometimes.

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    3. i just bought some at meijer, its like $4 a pound...

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  10. That's it: making this for dinner tonight. :)

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  11. Oohh, this looks fantastic!!!

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  12. This looks amazing...love the action shot!! :D

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  13. Brenda the Barefootcookingirl2/20/12, 5:17 PM

    this looks amazing!

    BTW - Wal-mart also sells a 96/4 ground beef with their own label..... :)

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  14. This looks amazing & I can't wait to try it!! Do you think short grain brown rice would be ok, or should I use long grain? ( I always keep short grain in the house)

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  15. Made this tonight! My husband loved it.

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  16. We made it tonight as well - and it was fantastic. We added a little heat with some Tabasco sauce and Saucy Mama Hot Wing Sauce (it has a great kick). My kids loved it too! Thanks!

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  17. Made this dish tonight and a sub turkey for the beef...actually turned out really good. Spicy thought..very spicy.Oh I omitted the celery and green pepper only b/c I don't like either of them and it still turned out good. Thanks for this recipe.

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  18. I've never made anything like this before...I think i need to try cajun cuisine! Love the healthy twist with brown rice :)

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  19. Wow sounds and looks delicious. I am always looking for new recipes for shrimp.

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  20. @Diana- If there is any fat I would always drain it.

    Hillary, sure if beef isn't for you, use ground turkey to dirty it up.

    Or Kristine, you could always leave it out if you wish.

    Arlyne, if you like short grain rice, that would be great too!

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    1. "1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of salt" I don't understand. How much salt goes in the rice?

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    2. First is for the rice, second is for the meat mixture.

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  21. this looks fabulous and my kids LOVE shrimp!!! I don't think I really wanted to know about what made it dirty rice though. ;0) LOL! This sounds much better and I would definitely use ground chicken or turkey. It is just what you like best.

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  22. I have made so many of your recipes and have loved almost every one of them. I really appreciate this site and check it everyday. The last couple posted have been pretty high in points (8 or more). With only being allowed 26 points per day you really have to budget!

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  23. oh man!!! I SOOOO need to buy some shrimp!! Banging good shrimp, this, and yesterdays cajun chicken and pasta(and shrimp!)

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  24. This dish looks so amazing! This covers it all beef for hubby and shrimp for me! I love it!!! Have to make this soon!

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  25. This looks SO GOOD!! I can't wait to try it!

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  26. "1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of salt"

    Looks delish! I will be making this sometime this week.

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  27. So excited you're doing cajun recipes!! I have been toying with a chicken and sausage gumbo recipe, but that one is tough to get the points down because of the oil & flour roux! I'm sure you can do it though! This dirty rice looks great and I think I'll try it tonight!! Love your site!

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    1. I've started using Tony Chachere's dry roux mix. No oil. You just boil water, dump in the dry mix, stir, and INSTANT ROUX. I use 1/2 the recipe as indicated on the can for a HUGE pot of gumbo.

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  28. Why cant I save these to my recipe box? Where is the option to do this- can anyone help?

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  29. Any idea what the points per serving would be if you don't include the shrimp?

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  30. Wow! This looks so good! I can't wait to try this! I've been looking for something cajin style too. How creative. thanks!!

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  31. Just made this tonight and I forgot to cook the rice with all of the extra ingredients. so before I mixed it up with the meat mixture I sprinkled some paprika and thyme in it and mixed it up. I am kind of glad I did it this way since it kept it not so spicy but still flavorful. If I weren't serving this to my kids I would have spiced it up more. Maybe some tabasco on the side will do for my husband and I (haven't served it yet). Anyway, I used turkey and it came out great.

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  32. this recipe is amazing...i made it for my husband and he didnt even know it was good for him =]

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  33. I made this tonight minus the shrimp because my boys will not eat this as a main dish so I served it on the side with some grilled tuna steaks. The only thing I changed besides omitting the shrimp was use smoked paprika because it's all I had. It was delicious and it was devoured. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful and delicious recipes.

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  34. LOVED this recipe. I made it exactly as the recipe calls for and it was the perfect amount of spice for me (I typically do not like really hot food). This is a definite do over.

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  35. Made this for my kids (10 & 6), my hubby, my sister, and my parents for tonight's dinner. It was delicious and truly enjoyed by all. Thanks for yet another FABULOUS dinner, Gina!

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  36. Made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING!!! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  37. Wow.... for someone that does not like seafood that often, my husband loved it... Thank you I love your blog

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  38. Just found your blog for the first time, and this does look very yummy, but I'm curious as to why you think using lean ground beef is healthier than using chicken livers? I see that you've been featured by other sites or magazines, so I know you're respected source for "skinny" recipes, so I would think you would know that chicken livers are healthier than even the leanest beef. A 3.5 oz serving of chicken liver has 172 calories, 6g fat, 26 g protein vs a slightly smaller 3 oz serving of 96% lean beef that has 208 calories, 13 g fat, and 22 g protein. Now if you're just using beef because you don't like liver (which many people don't), then that's a whole other thing entirely. Anyway, like I said, it looks delicious, and I will try it, I just think people should have all the facts. :) I don't have a blog to leave this comment, and I don't want to leave it as Anonymous, so here's my email if you think I'm the one who's misinformed. brinkerbarry@gmail.com

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    1. Organ meats such as livers & gizzards may be less in calories but they are high in LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol, the one that increases your chance of heart disease & heart attack. Lean ground beef is lower in LDL cholesterol and is therefore healthier than organ meats. Just because calories are lower doesn't mean something is healthier. There are many other factors to consider.

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    2. 4oz 96% lean beef has 65mg cholesterol and 3.5oz of chicken liver has 631mg of cholesterol

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  39. I wanted to make this but we didn't have any ground beef in the house and we're not shrimp people - I decided to swap sausage for ground beef and chicken for shrimp and it was amazing. My husband has claimed all the leftovers as lunch for the rest of the week and is refusing to share.

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  40. I have already tried several of your recipes, and they were all fabulous! Even my pickiest loved it, this dish looks like another winner! Thanks Gina :)

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  41. I made this last night with ground turkey rather than beef and it was excellent! My husband really loved the flavors and we have tons of leftovers for lunches. Thank you!

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  42. Made this as directed last night and thought it was fabulous! Hubby tends to like things with a little more liquid/saucy so he thought it was a little dry (he was wrong, lol). To solve his problem he added a bit of tobasco and a bit of smokey salsa. WIN, WIN!!

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  43. Made this tonight, it was wonderful! I used chicken instead of beef. Hubby's lent is no beef right now, but it still tasted great. Thanks again!

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  44. Made this last night. Too late (aka, I was too lazy to go to the store) I realized I had no paprika and no cayenne. It was still utterly awesome. Another Win, Gina!

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  45. Just finished this for tonight's dinner. It was delicious. i'm not a big cajun fan, but this was really tasty. The flavor wasn't overpowering at all. I added some hot sauce and hubby and I both had seconds.

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  46. Gina- HELP!! Everytime I make brown rice it turns out crunchy, even when following the directions on the pkg to the t.
    My family is now turned off by brown rice because I have never had it turn out right.. Do you know a trick? Is there a rice I can sub it out for without increasing the point value? Love your recipes BTW!! :) JENNIFER

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  47. Made this for dinner tonight and loved it. Thanks! The whole house smells good!

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  48. Looks delicious, I love the pairing of ground beef & shrimp. What vegetables or sides would go well with this?

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  49. I made this tonight with my friend and it was DELICIOUS!! The spices melded nicely. Thank you for the recipe.

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  50. Made this for dinner monday night, it was a huge hit. Thanks.

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  51. Made this on Monday for dinner! It was AWESOME!! The only thing I did differently than the original recipe was reduce the rice to 1 cup instead of 1.5. When I plugged the recipe into my WW recipe builder, it ended up at 6 pts per serving (@5 servings)! I will definitely, definitely, definitely be making this again!!

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  52. All your recipes looks amazing! Going to have a massive shopping trip and buy all the ingredients!

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  53. How much celery? 2 cups or 2 spears?
    Diane

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  54. Jennifer - I finally broke down 2 weeks ago and bought a programmable rice maker. I can cook and bake almost anything, but rice. It was the best the best $25 I've spent. It has a setting for both white and brown rice. It comes out perfect every time. If you can spring for Nishiki or Kokuho Rose rice, it tastes just like the sticky rice you get from any Thai restaurant.

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  55. Going to check out the dirty rice recipe - looks FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing!!

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  56. Just finished eating this for dinner. It kicks butt. Hope it freezes well as only 2 of us where eating it. It is definitely a keeper and I can't wait to make it for company. The only thing I did differently is cook the rice in no sodium added chicken broth and skipped the high sodium Knorr

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  57. I made this last night for my husband (who doesn't like dirty rice) and myself. He inhaled it! One thing I accidentally did was use a whole pound of ground beef but to me, if I hadn't I feel that there would have been too much rice and not enough dirty :) But this was VERY GOOD! I love your recipes! Thank you for doing what you do!

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  58. I would just leave out the ground beef , I stopped eating red meat several months ago .. :)

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  59. My family loved this dish. Thank you for sharing such delicious and wonderful food!:-)

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  60. Just made this, it was incredible! I love dirty rice and this turned out perfectly. I tweaked it a bit to suit my tastes and I couldn't stop snacking on it before the rice was finished. Definitely going to be a staple in my house.

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  61. Used the entire pound of ground beef. Not spicy enough for us so I did add a bit of Cajun seasoning... Delicious... Will definitely make again! Served w steamed French green beans and rolls.

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  62. made this up last night for dinner and it was awesome ! Will be making this one again and again.
    I used Ground Red Cayenne Pepper and it was plenty hot for us. Hubby started to add some Hot Sauce - made him taste it first and he agreed it did not need a thing !
    I started to hold off on the shrimp - but so glad I didn't. Oh man oh man what a great combination !

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  63. Gina, this was awesome!!!! My husband who must be the pickest person and will not try anything new, liked it. That is truly saying something. This is not the first recipe I tried and it certainly will not be the last. Thank you.

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  64. Okay...another winner!. After trying the Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts which turned out fantastic by the way, this Dirty Brown Rice & Shrimp was second on my agenda to prepare- this was excellent, perfect amount of spices, my boyfriend loves spicy food, likes to add the hot sauce on most anything..but he didn't need to with this dish..."hallelujah"!. Thanks again Gina.

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  65. Holy Crap! I'm literally eating this right now and had to grab my laptop. MAKE THIS RECIPE! It is by far the best WW compliant meal I've ever made. My fiance and I totally just housed our serving and are full and satisfied.

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  66. Made this tonight and my husband absolutely loved it. I thought it was very tasty as well. A very hearty dish and filling for 9 points plus. Will be making it again. Followed the recipe almost exactly- just substituted mushrooms for the green pepper- because I don't like green pepper. The mushrooms added great flavor!I also made the rice in my rice maker which made things easy. Thanks Gina :)

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  67. Made this tonight and it was delicious!! I usually don't like brown rice, but you couldn't even tell it was brown in this dish.

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  68. Loved this recipe! Great for the whole family... My husband, 5 yr, and 2 yr olds ate this right up. Love your site... Every recipe I have made has been delicious :)

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  69. I'm pretty sure I've commented on this already, but I just made this recipe for the 4th or 5th time. It is hands down one of the best WW compliant recipes I've ever been able to find online. It satisfies almost every craving I have.... Meet, Cajun food, Seafood and it is FILLING! Plus it heats up well for leftovers that I dont ever get sick of. If there is one suggestion I can make to people, it would be to NOT use instant brown rice, even if its not boil in the bag. I've tried it both ways and the longer cook time brown rice comes out way more flavorful because it has more time to cook w the spices and the bouillon.

    Thank you for posting this recipe and running this site in general. My fiance and I have lost about 20 lbs each by cooking your recipes almost exclusively for dinner. Keep up the good work!

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  70. I just made this and it is absolutely excellent. I will definitely add to my favorites and make it again. Delicious.

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  71. I just made this recipe with ground turkey and we LOVED it!!! So much flavor!

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  72. Just made this delicious dish for dinner and it was a huge hit in my house! I left out the cayenne though as my kids are not into hot and spicy :) Was still fabulous! Will definitely make this again! Family approved!

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  73. Had this for dinner tonight and I think it is my new favorite Skinnytaste recipe! Glad that I read the comment about using regular brown rice and not instant....well worth the extra cooking time. I also used chicken broth instead of water and bouillon cube as was suggested. Great spicy taste and very filling!! So glad I tried this one!

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  74. This was ANOTHER delicious and family-pleasing recipe! Is it noon yet? I can't wait to get at the leftovers!

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  75. Oooo!! I love the action shot! Looks delish!

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  76. Used this recipe tonight but had no ground beef, still turned out amazing

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  77. My husband and kids won't touch shrimp :( Would love some more family friendly fish recipes rather than shrimp.

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  78. This looks great! Thanks for sharing!!

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  79. YUM! My fiance loves Cajun food...and I love shrimp, so this dish would work so well for us :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  80. This looks delicious. I'll be making this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  81. This is making me hungry!! Looks very yummy for sure.

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  82. I am very big on eating healthy and this brown rice and shrimp is perfect after my morning workouts. I also found a spinach artichoke recipe to compliment this rice in by diet plan. The cajun twist to this healthy meal is what I love most.

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  83. This looks delicious. I think I will try this with cauliflower "rice"

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  84. Liver and gizzards are unhealthy? News to me! Wish I'd known that when I was a child and my mom forced me to eat those chewy leathery meats. Though as an adult not overcooking them I have grown fond of iron-rich organ meats.

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  85. I am confused about salt in the instructions. There is no salt in the ingredients. HELP!

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  86. May I suggest a great way to cook long grain brown rice. It is a Alton Brown recipe and it works perfectly every time. It will not be "crunchy" as someone noted.

    Preheat oven to 375 f. For this recipe using 1 1/2 C uncooked brown rice, boil 2 1/2 C cooking liquid (depending on what goes with the rice I use part water, part stock) along with seasoning ingredients. The ratio of rice to liquid is 3:5. In a oven proof casserole with lid, mix the hot liquid with the rice, cover, and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and fluff with a fork to separate grains.

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  87. This looks amazing! I love cajun food, and I try to bring spice to my diet as much as possible, as I know it helps with reducing inflammation from my running. As an elite athlete I try to make my diet as varied as possible, and need to include more shrimp, this would be great! Thanks for the recipe!

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  88. Yummmmmm!! I grew up in Louisiana and this dish takes me home! I love that you came up with a skinny version! :)

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  89. This looks sooooo good!! Printing the recipe out now. Thank you!

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  90. Could I used instant brown rice, to speed up the process?

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  91. Yummy!! Can't wait to make this. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  92. This sounds so good! I'm going to substitute beef with ground turkey, but everything else sounds amazing. Can't wait to make it for dinner tonight!

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    1. we did too! It was good!

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  93. Love this, one of our favorite dishes :)

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  94. I need to use more than 1 tsp of oil to cook up the onion, celery etc...

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  95. Have there been any changes added to the recipe since it was first posted in 2012?

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  96. Can someone tell me to Pin this picture and recipe on Pinterest, please?

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  97. I made this for dinner, and it was amazing! This recipe will definitely be made again!

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  98. I wonder how well this freezes? Debating making it per instructions of halving it.

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  99. Weight Watchers points seem to be 9. Looks so good, just eat with a big salad, if you are counting points. I'm of Simply Filing program and will enjoy me meal. Thanks for the recipe.

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  100. probably ground turkey would work in this recipe

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  101. Made this tonight. Delicious!

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  102. This is definitely one of my most favorite Skinnytaste recipes ever.

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  103. Fabulous! Used the long cooking brown rice and now I am a convert! Tossed out the quick cooking stuff. Great recipe! A keeper! I used 1/2 pound ground chicken, because that is what I had on hand. Will not hesitate to throw in a whole pound!

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  104. Sandy Golis3/6/14, 2:46 PM

    I just made this but by accident I added a whole pound of lean ground turkey.. Do you have any suggestions on how much i should have as a serving size to keep calories below 400????

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  105. Made this Tues as an homage to Fat Tues. It was great. Spiced perfectly. Not too hot. I did use lean ground beef. I dont do turkey.

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  106. I am trying to get more into meal planning to help cut down on time spent in the kitchen. This is on my meal plan for this week and I was wondering how it tastes the next day? Some dishes are better the day after and I would love to make ahead some of my meals. This is on the menu for tomorrow but wouldnt mind starting today. Also do you think it would freeze well? I like to freeze left overs in small portions to take out for a lunch etc. Thanks!

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    1. To answer your question about prepping ahead of time, that is exactly what I did for this recipe. I washed and chopped the onion, celery, and pepper and put them into a zip-loc bag. I also measured out the spices (for both steps) and put into little food prep containers that I have.Then, when I get home from work, all I have to do is assemble. All the cleaning, chopping, and measuring are already done!

      I tend to do this for most of my weeknight recipes. I prep everything on Sunday when I have more time.

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  107. Amazing dish! I made this last night and even my food snob husband was impressed! Only thing he added was garlic powder! For leftovers, I cut the shrimp in pieces and put 1/2 a serving in a green pepper bowl (the whole serving would have probably fit in a whole green pepper easily). Oh my goodness this was so good! I've lost a total of 55 pounds with WW, but currently I am stalled in a plateau, but your recipes help keep myself in check and the weight off! I gave your website to all my friends on instagram LOL ! Thank you so much Gina!

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  108. My husband made this the other night and it was amazing! We are making this a regular dish in our house. Thanks!

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  109. I made this tonight! It was fantastic! I only had small celery stalks so I included the tops and the leaves - gave it a nice taste. I would make this again and not change a thing. Now I have to find a recipe to use the other 1/2 # of meat I defrosted. :)

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  110. I am making this for the second time as we speak. My husband LOVED it the first time I made it and has asked me several times to make it again! I will be having a few friends over for dinner and this will definitely be on the menu! So glad I found this website!

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  111. holy cow, what did I do wrong? I made this last night and all I could taste was the chili powder. I double checked to be sure I had read the recipe right and I had.The taste was just mediocre and then the Chili pepper drowned out everything else. Everyone else's review says this is tasty, so I figure i must have done something wrong, but I wasn't overly excited about the flavors in it.

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    1. Chili powder is not one of the ingredients.

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  112. Another great meal! Thank you Gina!!!!!

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