Hamburger Rice Skillet

  • 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked rice (leftover)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce, or 1 cup chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

In a large skillet fry the hamburger or turkey and onion until the meat is uniformly grey and brown, and the onion is tender and fragrant. Drain off any fat if necessary. Add the brown rice, tomato, water, salt and pepper. Mix it all up, breaking the rice into small pieces if it clumps. Cover the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes. Add a little more water if necessary. Sprinkle the cheese over top and serve. As written, this recipe serves 4 folks of medium appetites. I double the recipe to feed my family, who eat like starving people on a desert island.

If you like, you can add a chopped green pepper or 2 stalks of chopped celery along with the onion at the beginning. Another idea is to add a cup of frozen mixed vegetables, or pretty much any vegetable you have sitting around that you would like to use up. This is a very sturdy dish, and difficult to ruin. If you double the recipe, use a full pound of ground beef or turkey, and add a 16 ounce bag of frozen vegetables. Easy skillet meal. Add some fruit and a salad and the family will smile.

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