Are you looking for an easy filling recipe suitable for all the family? This beef and rice bowl is filling, flavoursome, healthy and can also be made with vegetarian mince if preferred.

What makes this beef and rice bowl recipe great on a healthy eating plan

This recipe includes a good amount of vegetables due to the peppers and passata so you are sure to get enough vegetables for the meal easily. If you fancy you can always add extra peppers, more onions or add some mushrooms too.

Another way of adding extra vegetables is to add a handful of salad to your bowl, personally though I don’t think this is necessary.

If you are following a diet such as WW, Slimming World, Second Nature or Noom you are likely to need to count the cheese and buy 5% or lower fat mince to ensure it is as healthy as possible.

How to make this recipe in 25 minutes

If you want to make this recipe in 25 minutes (after 5 minutes preparing the vegetables) then the first step is to put the rice on to boil.

Use my foolproof rice method if you are not confident is guaranteed to make fluffy boiled rice with ease.

hessian bag of dry rice on a white table
Rice

Next is to use a large non-stick frying pan or use some low-calorie cooking spray in any large frying pan and add the mince, peppers and seasonings.

Stir the frying pan well as it cooks to prevent sticking and ensure it is cooking evenly.

Drain any excess water from the mince mixture and then add the rice to the pan and stir thoroughly.

If the rice has been cooked a while or you are using pre-cooked and defrosted rice then heat until everything in the pan is hot.

Briefly heat the passata in a separate small saucepan until it is warm enough to eat.

Split the cooked mince mixture into four bowls and spoon over the passata, Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.

Beef and rice bowl
Beef and rice bowl

Adaptions to the recipe

Add 1 tsp chilli powder for a spicy option.

If you prefer turkey mince to beef mince this recipe can easily be made with turkey mince, or even a vegetarian mince if preferred.

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

Using the perfect mince in this recipe

This recipe works well with both frozen and fresh mince. It is entirely up to you which you use. I tend to use frozen mince as it is cheaper and when it is cooked is just as good. The only difference I have found with frozen mince is that it does not mould as well if making burgers or doner kebab meat.

Check out my mince recipes article full of lots of tasty mince recipes you might like. I also have a selection of turkey mince recipes you might like to try too.

raw mince
Raw mince

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Beef and rice bowl

Easy beef and rice bowl recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

An easy family meal full of flavour and perfect for healthy eaters who want a different way to use mince.


Ingredients

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1 lb lean beef (or turkey if you prefer)

1 tablespoon dry onion granules

1 tablespoon garlic granules

Salt & pepper to taste

1 green bell pepper, diced small

1 yellow bell pepper, diced small

1 orange bell pepper, diced small

1 onion, diced small

1 cup rice, cooked (use my easy rice recipe if necessary)

240g Passata with onion and garlic

75g mozzarella cheese, grated

75g cheddar cheese, grated


Instructions

Cook rice, as usual, feel free to use my foolproof method if you struggle with this. Set rice aside until needed.

In a large frying pan fry mince, onion, peppers and seasonings until thoroughly cooked and then drain any liquid from the pan.

Stir in the cooked rice and heat if necessary until all is warm.

Meanwhile, heat the passata in a separate pan to pour over or if preferred mix it with the mince and rice.

Serve in bowls with tomato passata spooned over and grated cheese sprinkled on top.



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