Monday, August 3, 2015

Cheeesburger Rice Bowls (Gluten Free)

The Mister and I are both on vacation this week, so I've been too lazy to get to the grocery store.  That means that we've been doing the important work of eating through what is in our fridge, pantry, and freezer.  It's amazing how many meals you can still make when you think you are 'out of' food!

This cheeseburger rice bowl is the perfect clean-out-the-fridge meal, because you can add whatever you like and have on hand to it!  Pictured at left is mine, with lots of spinach, onions, mustard, and relish.   These are inspired by the Mister's favorite 'fast food' chain- Boloco, which is sort of like Chipotle, but has lots of other 'flavor palettes' besides Mexican.  At Boloco, you can get anything you want as a burrito or a rice bowl, and man does the Mister love a rice bowl!

The mister's was just rice, a cheeseburger, ketchup, and pickles- just the way he likes it!

We started with a pound of nice organic ground beef.  (Actually, we started by frantically defrosting said ground beef in cold water- because we were hungry and it was still frozen!).  I mushed it up, added salt and pepper, and made three generous hamburger patties.  I then sent the mister out to the deck to grill them, since he's on vacation and thus home!

While he did that, I cooked up rice (we used boil-in-bag- try not to judge us) and prepared the condiments and veggies.  I chopped spinach and onions, because it's what I had, but tomatoes would be great too!

I originally was going to add shredded cheddar cheese to the bowls, but the Mister really wanted melted cheese, so we went with American cheese right on the burgers.  These burgers took about 15 minutes on the grill.

Then, all that's left to do is assemble your rice bowl with whatever veggies and condiments you like best- enjoy!

The short version:

Serves 2-3

1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper
cheese slices of your choice
veggies- chopped
rice (about a cup dry)- cooked however you please

Season the ground beef and form patties (3-4).  Throw them on the grill to cook.  Meanwhile, cook rice and chop veggies.  Flip burgers, cook a few more minutes and then add cheese.  Assemble the bowl to your liking!

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