I’m always on the look-out for yummy dinners that use ground beef, since it’s such an economical cut.
Add to that- budget friendly, and healthy, and free of packaged and preserved foods, and the options narrow down quite a bit.
But, I’ve decided this one is a keeper for my recipe books. My inspiration came from an old casserole recipe that I used to enjoy as a child.
Not only is this new and improved version really tasty, it’s also “cleaner”, using all real food- nothing processed or packaged. Budget-friendly ingredients like Ground Beef, Brown Rice, and chicken broth are key players, so it’s easy on the wallet, too.
Fresh basil adds the perfect little compliment to the creamy rice and beef- it really gives this dish a special flavor. And who doesn’t like bubbly, gooey cheese to top it all off? As a bonus, this reheats really well for great leftovers, too.
Serve up with 1 or 2 veggies as side dishes. Enjoy!
Rice is popular here in our house- it is something that all my kids like a lot. So, I make it often. BUT, I always hated to prepare rice! It just never seemed to turn out the way I like it, and it always made a mess on my pots. Maybe I just wasn’t doing it right, but I tried several different ways and just was never satisfied. So, I was SO thrilled to try out a recipe very similar to this one that only required you to bake the rice. I tweaked it a little and now use this recipe all the time to serve alongside other dishes. Baking the rice also allows me to put it in the oven, and then my part is done, Best of all. it comes out perfect every time.
2 cups white rice
5 cups water
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. butter, cut into chunks
Bring Water to a boil
Pour Rice into a lightly greased 9x 13 baking dish
When water is boiling, slowly and carefully pour over the rice.
Mix the rice a little make make sure it’s evenly distributed
Sprinkle with the salt
“Dot” your rice with the butter
Cover tightly with foil
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until all the water is absorbed)