Easy One Pot Rice Pilaf with Ground Beef & Veggies– Freezer Meal Prep Ideas!
This deliciously easy one pot rice pilaf is like a deconstructed summer hamburger! Of course, this pilaf features ground beef—along with heirloom tomatoes, spinach, and bell pepper. All of the comforting flavor of hamburger, but with loads of nutritious seasonal veggies!
And, even though I’m not usually a huge rice fanatic, I LOVE it in this one pot rice pilaf. After cooking, the rice soaks up all of the savory flavor from the broth, so it’s perfectly tender and scrumptious!
Personally, I like to use long grain rice for this dish, but you could try it with any rice you like. It’s a simple, filling, balanced dinner, that you can cook all in one pot! So, less time spent fussing with dirty dishes and cleanup, which I am always a fan of.
But…the ease, the yummy flavors, the nutritious ingredients—none of these are even the best part about this one pot dinner…
Freezer Meals, for the Win
Most importantly, this one pot rice pilaf is also a FREEZER meal! Once it’s cooked, you can package it up and freeze it for up to 3 months, so you’ve always got a healthy dinner on-hand when you need it. Because, when life gets busy, my instinct is: time to order a pizza…
But, using your freezer is a VERY savvy meal prep strategy. And, freezer meals like this one pot pilaf allow me to take advantage of delicious seasonal ingredients for a longer time! For this dish, I recommend portioning into individual serving containers for a ready-to-go freezer meal.
Then, the night before you want to enjoy, you can simply transfer however many portions of your one pot pilaf that you’d like to thaw into the fridge overnight. When dinnertime arrives, simply reheat in the microwave or toss your thawed freezer meal into a skillet with a bit of oil!
Of course, you can adjust this one pot rice pilaf recipe with the veggies and seasonings you enjoy. Or, even change up the protein! Serve it with a side of seasonal veggies, dress it up with your favorite sauce—get creative!