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THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION is the nation’s premier authority on heart health. Its bestselling library of cookbooks and heart-health information includes American Heart Association New American Cookbook, 8th Edition; American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook, 2nd Edition; American Heart Association Complete Guide to Women’s Heart Health; American Heart Association Healthy Family Meals; American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, 4th Edition; and American Heart Association No-Fad Diet, 2nd Edition. For more information, please visit AmericanHeart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721).

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Shrimp Jambalaya

The word "jambalaya" is thought to come from jambon, the French word for ham. It's a given, then, that ham is one of the primary ingredients of jambalaya; however, you don't need much when you use smoked ham and chop it finely to distribute its distinct flavor throughout the dish.

Serves 4: 1½ cups per serving

Slow cooker size/shape:
3-to 4½-quart round or oval

Slow cooking time:
5 to 6 hours on low plus 30 minutes on high, OR 2½ to 3 hours on high plus 30 minutes on high

1 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added tomatoes, undrained
1 cup water (if cooking on low) or 1½ cups water (if cooking on high)
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 medium rib of celery, sliced crosswise
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
2 ounces lower-sodium, low-fat smoked ham, all visible fat discarded, finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
2 teaspoons dried parsley, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 medium dried bay leaf
8 ounces raw medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled, rinsed, and patted dry
1 cup frozen cut okra, thawed
1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
¼ cup snipped fresh parsley

In the slow cooker, stir together the tomatoes with liquid, water, onion, celery, bell pepper, ham, parsley, oregano, garlic, thyme, cayenne, and bay leaf. Cook, covered, on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2½ to 3 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

If using the low setting, change it to high. Quickly stir in the shrimp, okra, and rice and re-cover the slow cooker. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Discard the bay leaf.

Serve the jambalaya sprinkled with the parsley.

Per Serving:
Calories 196
Total Fat 2.0 g 
   Saturated Fat 0.5 g 
   Trans Fat 0.0 g
   Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
   Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 78 mg
Sodium 472 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
   Fiber 4 g
   Sugars 7 g
Protein 14 g
 
Dietary Exchanges
1½ starch, 2 vegetable, 1½ lean meat

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Product Details

  • Series: American Heart Association
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888020
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this cook book in hopes of getting some inspiration on fairly simple & healthy recipes for the slow cooker....I was a little disappointed. I don't really understand using a crock pot for a meal that could just as easily be prepared on the stove in the same time frame. None of these recipes are really fix it & forget it....many of them have steps at 4 hrs, 6 hrs and again before serving. Also....I noticed many recipes want you to pre-cook the ingredients. I really wanted healthy recipes where I could dump ingredients in the cooker in the morning, go to work for 8 -10 hours and come home to a ready meal.
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The recipes in this book are obviously healthy for you and I plan to try some when I get the time. The thing is, most of the recipes I've looked out are rather involved. When I use a slow cooker, it is for ease and convenience. I put the dish in in the morning, turn it on and come back to eat it at dinner. I don't need recipes that cook in 3 1/2-hours, or a recipe where I start with some ingredients; take them out a couple of hours later; put in other ingredients, etc. I may upgrade this rating after I've tried a few recipes, because it certainly would be nice to use my slow cooker to make really healthy dinners. This book seems to offer that.
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I'm having a ball with this book. I do concur with previous reviewers that there's more prep/partial cooking required here than in other slow cooker cookbooks. I have family members home most days, so I can cope with a recipe that needs to be loaded in at 2:00 pm and cooks in 3-4 hours, but obviously that doesn't work for every household. I've also had to kick up or adjust seasonings with a few recipes. That said, I truly appreciate the tremendous variety of recipes, the fact that there are no processed food ingredients, and the lower fat content of the dishes. Besides that, the bit of extra effort required by these recipes is more than made up for by the time I save not scrubbing the stovetop and countertops after conventional meal prep.
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I am a slow cooker fan....load it up and forget it until your hungry. And for anyone that has to make a lifestyle change to stay inside of heart healthy guidelines, this can be a bit tricky. But this book has shown me that I can have all the flavor and the convenience of my slow cooker too. And brought to you by the poster children of heart healthy cooking. I spent a lot of hours pouring through the jungle of heart healthy cook books, but kept coming back to this one. There are a few others on Amazon that are also great, but this is definately one you want on your shelf, if you like slow cooking.
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By CarGuy on December 30, 2012
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Ok, I bought this as a gift for someone I work with who now at age 50+ and isn't fond of cooking, must keep to a low salt diet. She loves this book! Her idea of cooking was opening up some ready made food. As we know convientance foods are loaded with salt. Now my co-worker, who still hates to cook, throws all of the ingredients into her slow cooker and comes home to a healthy ready-cooked meal that she says are really good tasting, easy to make, easy to clean up and actually less expensive to make than the heat and eat meals she has made for years.
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I got this book recently and have already tried three of the recipes. I appreciate that a variety of ethnic cuisines are represented, and that the directions were easy to follow and the ingredients readily available. And because some of the recipes include steps like browning the meat before putting it in the crock, it doesn't all taste the same (or all taste like stew). So far, I've had Lemony Fish and Vegetable Stew, Flank Steak with Artichoke Ratatouille, and Cuban-Style Pork With Orange. Next up are probably a stew with pork and butternut squash, and possibly the Moroccan-spiced chicken thighs or vegetable curry.
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Ok, I have tried two different recipes from this book, and both of them were bland as heck, which was disappointing, since I did the Mediterranean Chicken and then the Moroccan style chicken. The Moroccan style chicken smelled WONDERFUL, with all the spices...but it was just absolutely blah when served. all those spices that I spent time rubbing into the chicken? Didn't permeate it at all, and I let it cook for about 5 hours. :(

I am going to give it one more try, but so far it's 0 and 2 for a score.
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This cookbook is awesome! Tried several recipes and they did not taste like the traditional recipes for crockpots.The ingredients list is short ad items usually in the kitchen.
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