Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): John Besh’s Pork & Sausage Jambalaya

06/02/2014 at 12:02 PM ET

Hungry Girl's healthy jambalaya

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

New Orleans chef John Besh is more than capable when it comes to Louisiana cuisine. He was raised in the southern state and has ten — count ’em, TEN! — restaurants dedicated to serving up the best the South has to offer. Who better to look to for jambalaya tips?

Side note: Wanna know how tough John Besh is? He’s a former Marine! Wow.

While Besh obviously knows his stuff and is not to be trifled with, his pork-packed jambalaya recipe is on the heavy side. However, it does look delicious! And jambalaya is a perfect dish for weeknight dinners. So I tweaked his formula to trim the fat and boost the fiber, using leaner meats, brown rice and lots of veggies.

Alright, Besh, drop and give me 20… grams of fat slashed from your recipe! (That’s my guess when comparing the two, at least.)

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Mega-Meaty Jambalaya
Serves 4

6 oz. (about 2 links) cooked chicken sausage (with 8g fat or less per 3-oz. serving)
6 oz. raw pork tenderloin, chopped and trimmed of excess fat
1 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
½ cup uncooked brown rice
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
½ tsp. hot sauce, or more to taste
¼ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. ground thyme
3 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
Salt and black pepper, optional

1. Slice sausage into coins. Bring a large pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add sausage and pork and cook until browned, about 6 minutes.

2. Add all remaining ingredients except bacon and mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender, rice is fluffy and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 50 minutes. The jambalaya should be very moist but not soupy.

4. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy, either in a large skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.)

5. Chop or crumble bacon. Add to the pot, stir, and enjoy!

In 1 serving (about 1⅓ cups): 284 calories, 7g fat, 551mg sodium, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 6g sugars, 22.5g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My neighbour’s sister has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out…..

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