REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
So many times, the simplest dishes are the best. Often, though, they’re overlooked. This dish was an “end of the week – what food is left in the house?” sort of creation. I can’t tell you how many times those end of the grocery creations pan out to be the best. At the end of my grocery, before deciding it’s time to go again, I look at what’s left. If I have enough components to make a meal, then I find a way to combine them that I feel my family would enjoy. I’m a firm believer that each day you avoid going to the store, you are able to keep money in your pocket. It’s the impulse buys. They’re sneaky! The more times you shop, the more opportunities you have to impulse buy. I like to go once each week. I get whatever I need at that time. If I forget something, I try really hard to make do without.
Ok, well, there I go blabbing away. What can I say? Being frugal is important to myself and my family. So, as I was saying, sometimes my end of the grocery creations are just bang-a-rang good! This was one of those! I served it, and the compliments just kept rolling in! We’re talking about a new family favorite here! It’s simple, and ingredients can easily be added or omitted. It tastes like eating a bacon cheeseburger!
I’m not a huge fan of rice, as it bloats my belly a bit. I can get away with it from time to time. We happen to have a Costco-sized rice bag in our pantry, so quite often, at the end of the grocery, rice makes it’s way into a dish or two. You could sub potatoes or even sweet potatoes for a grain free version.
3 cups cooked rice (use chopped sweet potato for paleo version)
3/4 lb ground beef
2 strips of bacon, chopped (check ingredients to ensure it meets your dietary parameters)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup Mexican cheese (omit for paleo/dairy free version)
*optional* Ketchup (If you have one that meets your dietary parameters)
Directions: Cook up rice according to package directions to make 3 cups. While it cooks (or while your sweet potato cooks, if doing paleo), cook up ground beef with chopped bacon strips in a skillet. Add salt and pepper. While it cooks, chop your tomatoes and onions, and grate cheese if adding cheese. Divide rice among 5 bowls. Top with beef and bacon mixture. Top that with the chopped tomato and then the chopped onion. Sprinkle a little cheese on top if desired. You can serve like that, as I did.
If you wish, because it is a bacon cheeseburger rice stack, you can top it off with a bit of ketchup. I ate mine without, but 2 of my boys added ketchup and loved it. Just beware the ingredients in your ketchup. Regular ketchup is full of sugar, not GF, and, well… let’s not go there. However, there are some decent variations available, as well as homemade versions.