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Cajun Inspired Jambalaya Nachos with Kielbasa, Rice, Peppers & Pickled Okra

An Irresistible Take on Layered Nachos
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Last week I shared my must-try One Pot Cajun Jambalaya, which I hope you’ve had a chance to try.  The recipe left me for an itch for more jambalaya, and I began to brainstorm a few ways I could make it happen.  By now you know about my love for great layered nachos (I take the art of layering very, very seriously as you can see in my vegetarian queso nachos, vegetarian breakfast nachos, and sweet potato nachos), so you won’t be surprised with what’s on the lineup today.

Friends, today I give you my Cajun Inspired Jambalaya Nachos.  Here I stacked layers of tortilla chips with savory Kielbasa sausage, white rice, green and red peppers, and of course ooey-gooey Monterey Jack and mild cheddar cheese.  To top it all off (and I’m quite proud of this addition), I included spicy pickled okra wheels in place of traditional jalapenos.  

The beauty of this recipe, of course like all of my nachos, is in the layering and by cooking each relative ingredient separately before layering. Check out the step-by-step tutorial in the recipe below, and tell me if you’re going to be enjoying these anytime soon!  Truly, MKR 




Jambalaya Nachos

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6


  • 1/2 lb. of shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 large chicken breast, cooked & shredded shredded
  • 1 package sausage or turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups vegetable stock (with ratio to liquid for the rice)
  • 3-4 cups of cheese (I used a mix of Monterrey Jack and Mild Cheddar)
  • Tortilla chips
  • Pickled spicy okra, diced and set aside for garnish


  1. Sautee the shrimp and kielbasa separately, each with Slap Yo Mama or Old Bay Seasoning. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. To cook the rice, use half of the diced tomatoes along with the rest vegetable stock (to make the ratio of liquid:rice). This will keep the rice from getting soupy or soggy on the nachos.
  3. Spread the tortilla chips evenly on the pan. Layer first with spoonfulls of rice, 1/2 of your peppers, and cheese.
  4. Next layer the cooked kielbasa, shrimp and chicken and then add remaining cheese, spread evenly.
  5. Broil or bake until the cheese melts (less than 5 minutes).
  6. Remove the nachos from the oven and garnish with the rest of your red and green peppers and hot pickled okra.
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Making Smarter Snacking Choices

Sharing my newest and healthiest snacking obsession, Pure Growth Organic
Filed Under > Food

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I’m one of those people that will eat an entire bag of chips without even realizing it, (any other “grazers” out there reading this?!)  I actually don’t like to have snacks on hand at home because of that very reason.  So I was recently over-the-moon to find a brand that has less-guilt snack options with all the organic ingredients I can feel good about. 

Enter Pure Growth Organic.  Pure Growth Organic has an incredibly refreshing take on organic eating; it’s affordable, approachable and downright easy.  And not to get too technical but, PGO has no artificial colors or flavors, no MSG and 0g trans fat per serving.  The brand covers all the sweet and savory bases too, and actually makes snackable items that I would want to eat, even if they aren’t on the healthier side.  From chips to popcorn, pretzels, snack mix, animal crackers, breakfast biscuits, bars and oatmeal, there are seriously so many goodies.  My personal favorites are the super chips (pictured here), the animal crackers and the chocolate banana breakfast bars

Another reason I’ve been focused on smarter snacking is because of my schedule.  If you’ve been following along, the team and I have been on a string of road trips lately, and having smart snacking options with us was an absolute must.  We had a whole canvas bag filled with PGO snacks which was perfect as we didn’t feel bad noshing in the car between stops (and it helped us all avoid being hangry…cough, cough, Kat).  At home in Atlanta, I’ve been splitting my time between the shoppe, my office at home, and wherever we’re shooting that day, and I’ve found that having these healthy snacks with me in my bag is a life-saver too; sometimes I don’t find the time to eat and just need some quick fuel to be onto the next item on my to-do list.  

One other bonus worth mentioning: the snacks, specifically the super chips, are beautiful.  So next time you’re putting out a crudite, cheese, or dip platter when entertaining think a little outside of the box and grab some PGO super chips!

Word to the wise though: it’s a little harder to find these snacks at your local grocery store, but you can order them online from Walmart and Amazon.  I promise you that they’re worth ordering and trying out, especially if you have little ones at home and are struggling to find a healthy snack-time options.  Truly, MKR

P.S. Check out PGO’s Facebook page and Instagram for more healthy eating inspo. xo 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Pure Growth Organic, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

Homemade Trail Mix with Cinnamon Pecans, Pistachios, Sesame Sticks, Cranberries & Chipotle Pepper

An Irresistible & Addicting Homemade Snack
Filed Under > Food

Homemade trail mix with pecans, pistachios, sesame sticks & more - recipe by @waitingonmartha

I’m a snacker.  In fact, I never like to have the stuff around in the house because I will devour it all in one sitting.  I kid you not.  So when I do get the craving for that salty-crunchy-sweet-and-maybe-spicy bite, I like to take the homemade route, and whip up a batch of trail mix. 

Last Christmas, you remember me loving on Georgia-grown Schermer Pecans.  And I love them looong after the holidays are done.  For my homemade trail mix, I use both their plain pecans and cinnamon pecans, along with salty pistachios and crispy sesame sticks.  To add a chewy, fruity punch, I mix in sweetened dried cranberries and some orange peels.  But THE secret, my friends, is all in the fresh OJ and egg whites.  It coats the trail mix, allowing the brown sugar, salt and chile pepper to cling to it all in the best, best way. I mean my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Of course, the beauty with trail mix is you can add anything you heart desires.  Though, I do highly, highly recommend the Schermer Pecans with whatever you do choose…they’re divine!  Enjoy!  Truly, MKR

P.S. More goodness with pecans on the blog: Roasted Squash & Quinoa Salad, Skillet Caramel Cinnamon Rolls and Maple Glazed Pumpkin Bread Bites

Homemade Trail Mix
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  1. 2 cups schermer plain pecans
  2. 1 cup cinnamon schermer pecans
  3. 1 cup shelled pistachios
  4. 2 cups sesame sticks
  5. 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  6. 8-10 thin orange peels
  7. 3 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  8. 2 large egg whites
  9. 1 1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  11. 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Combine orange peels, orange juice & egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in plain pecans & pistachios. Combine sugar, salt, and chipotle. Add to pecan mixture; toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from oven; cool completely. Stir in cinnamon pecans, sesame sticks and cranberries.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
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