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Instant Pot Vegan Jambalaya

Normally, I try to shy away from spicier dishes (even though I love them) because my wife and kids aren’t usually into it. But this time I wanted to try something new, and I had a plan for those who might find this Instant Pot Vegan Jambalaya a bit too spicy.

First, and most importantly, I picked a cajun spice blend that was on the mild side. There are lots of blends out there, and it’s helpful to read the ingredients. Some are heavy on the cayenne, while others rely on chili powder, black pepper, or other spices to add the heat. Some will even specify “mild” or “hot.” Depending on whether or not you want to actually taste your food, choose wisely! I chose a blend that didn’t have any cayenne in it.

Second, I tried to choose a vegan sausage that didn’t have flames all over the package! If you’re like me and need to limit the spice, look for a mild version. But if you want variation and control (and have a few extra bucks), grab a package each of mild and hot so each person can decide how spicy their dinner is. We’ll be cooking the sausage separately from the jambalaya, so variation will be a snap! Note: For WFPB, omit the sausage altogether unless you find one that doesn’t have oil in it (and isn’t disgusting).

Finally, after cooking this dish in the Instant Pot, top with sausage of choice (or none at all) and slap a dollop of plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt on top. This really helps cool down the spiciness for those who aren’t digging it and it tastes amazing!

Ok, let’s do this!

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