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Easy Hamburger and Rice Skillet Meal

This recipe is an adaptation of one of the first meals I ever learned to cook, when I was in about 6th grade! I found the recipe in one of my 4-H cookbooks (in the cookbook they called it "Jambalaya"). I have made it over and over throughout the years, in a variety of ways. It's great because you can make the entire meal in 30 minutes or less, great for when you need to make dinner in a hurry.


1/2 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. green pepper, diced (optional)
1 lb. lean ground beef*
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 small bay leaf
1 1/3 c. Minute Rice

You can cook this skillet dinner in either a large frying pan with a lid, or in an electric countertop skillet.

Cook onion, green pepper, and ground beef until meat is browned. Drain off grease.

hamburger rice skillet

Drain tomatoes, placing tomato juice in a measuring cup. Add water to the tomato juice to make 1 1/2 cups.

Add the liquid, tomatoes, salt, sugar, thyme, and bay leaf to the hamburger mixture.

Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the Minute Rice, cover, and simmer again for 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf before serving.

That's it! Done in 30 minutes OR LESS. You can experiment with the seasonings. I have made it with and without the thyme and the bay leaf, and I have to say that they really add to the flavor of the meal. Gives it just the right I don't know what.

Servings = 6, 1 cup each serving. Weight Watchers Points Plus = 8 points per serving. *If you substitute ground turkey for the ground beef it will reduce the points from 8 to 5 points per serving!

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