Monday, August 1, 2016

California Rice Skillet

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had quite a day today. You know the kind. Nothing that was supposed to happen did, even my carefully planned dinner. A chore we thought would take no more than an hour ate up the day, so when dinner time rolled around I didn't have the energy or gumption to make the meal I had planned. Instead, I fell back on a casserole I frequently served when the children were still at home. I found the recipe on the back of an Uncle Ben's Rice box and the dish quickly became a favorite of theirs. They loved the way it tasted and I loved how easy it was to prepare. I suspect you have all the ingredients required to make casserole already in your pantry and refrigerator. It takes about 15 minutes to throw this together, but if you like casseroles, I guarantee that you will like this one. The recipe is straight forward and it is a great starting vehicle for young cooks. If you have not already sampled this simple rice skillet, I do hope you will give the recipe a try. Here is how the dish is made.

California Rice Skillet
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Uncle Ben's Rice


1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced or stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 cups water
1 cup long grain rice
3 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


1) Place beef, onions and bell pepper in a large skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Brown over medium heat. Stir in tomatoes, water, rice, bouillon cubes and dry mustard. Bring contents to a boil, reduce heat, cover skillet and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover skillet and let sit until cheese melts. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Big Dude said...

While not a big rice fan, this looks like a dish I would really enjoy.

Pondside said...

I may have made the same dish when the children were young. I am challenged these days to put tasty meals on the table with the new restriction of a grandson who cannot eat any dairy products. We really like cheese!

Anonymous said...

Mary, I'm the person that asked if you would share some of your favorite recipes. And I'm thrilled that you are pondering the question! Well, I made this for the men in my family last night and I'm happy to report that they loved it and it's going into my "fast and favorite" file!

Lauren S.

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