Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Favorite Recipe // Cheeseburger Rice Casserole

I know, it's been awhile. But I haven't gone anywhere! Just busy with new schedules, date nights, hanging out with friends and feeding them... So I have to share with you my new favorite comfort food. It’s nothing fancy, just really yummy. And it is one that you can easily modify with healthier ingredients. I forgot to take pictures before eating it all. So just trust me…it’s delicious!

Cheeseburger Rice Casserole

*Health Tip: As it is, this recipe is not unhealthy – but you can make it even more nutritious with some slight changes. I listed some suggestions beside each ingredient. Serve with some green veggies and/or salad, and you have a well-balanced meal!

2 lb ground beef {grass-fed beef}
1 cup uncooked rice {brown rice}
½ onion diced
1 small can (8oz) of tomato sauce {try Muir Glen organic or chop up fresh tomato instead}
1 cup sour cream {real sour cream w/o additives – or go organic}
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese {shred your own to avoid cellulose additives and/or try organic}
½ cup chicken broth {make your own stock from all natural chicken or buy organic}
2 tsp garlic powder
salt, pepper, oregano

  1. Get your rice cooking in a pot. Usually the rice to water ratio is 1:2 but my rice tends to need a little more water...
  2. Brown the beef in a skillet.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. While rice and beef are cooking, mix all other ingredients in a large bowl. Save some of the cheese to sprinkle on top before baking.
  5. Add beef & rice and mix.
  6. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Or freeze and bake later!
Delicious... right? :-)