Ground Meat & Veggies Over Rice is a great way to use up any vegetables you may have on hand. It is one of our favorite throw together meals and it seldom tastes the same way twice.
It Starts With Rice
I like meals I can serve over rice. Rice is inexpensive and filling and provides a good base for any number of different food combinations.
I know a lot of people have trouble with rice. It really isn’t that difficult to make good rice, however. Just use half as much rice as you do water, with the water being the amount of rice you want to end up with. I know, that was very awkwardly worded. But basically, if you want to end up with six (6) cups of rice, you measure out six cups of water and three cups of rice in your pan.
Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat, covered but vented, until nearly all the water has been absorbed. When I see just a little water left, I take the lid off, stir the rice (in case it is sticking in the pan) and lower the heat until all water is absorbed.
Isn’t that pretty?
Start Your Rice and Cook Your Meat
Don’t let the picture of cooked rice fool you. You actually should start your meat cooking right after your rice. I use pretty much any ground meat that I have on hand. This is ground beef but I buy any ground meat I find on sale at a great price.
As the meat cooks, I cut up any fresh vegetables I will be adding to the pan. I had a nice head of Cauliflower to cut up.
And some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.
In the pantry, I found some canned tomatoes and tomato paste and decided those sounded good, too.
Putting it Together
Once the ground beef was cooked up…
…I added the cauliflower to the pan.
We added the squash on top of that…
…and the tomatoes and paste on top of that.
Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until veggies are cooked through. Season it to your own tastes. I usually use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and whatever else sounds good at the moment. Yet another reason it rarely tastes the same way twice.
Serve your ground meat and veggies on a bed of rice and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite throw together meals? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!