Delicious Meat & Zucchini Rice

This here is home cooking for me, everything I want in a dish and more. My mom and I have been making this easy recipe for as long as I can remember and it’s a go-to lunch or dinner in our house. We absolutely love it and pair it with yogurt or our cold cucumber soup which we call ”Tarator”. You can search for the cold cucumber soup in the search tab. Zucchini rice is a very simple dish that requires minimal ingredients but has maximum flavour. In Bulgaria we are known for throwing ingredients in a pot and making a soup or a stew out of anything and although this is not traditional, it is absolutely outstanding.

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Delicious Meat & Zucchini Rice

The Modern Nonna
This here is home cooking for me, everything I want in a dish and more. My mom and I have been making this easy recipe for as long as I can remember and it’s a go-to lunch or dinner in our house. We absolutely love it and pair it with yogurt or our cold cucumber soup which we call ''Tarator''. You can search for the cold cucumber soup in the search tab. Zucchini rice is a very simple dish that requires minimal ingredients but has maximum flavour. In Bulgaria we are known for throwing ingredients in a pot and making a soup or a stew out of anything and although this is not traditional, it is absolutely outstanding.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rinsed jasmine rice or long grain any rice you love will work
  • 2 cups water + salt to boil the rice in
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil any oil you like
  • 500 grams any ground meat of choice pork, beef, turkey, chicken or any you like
  • 1 medium finely diced zucchini
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • handful of fresh and finely chopped dill dill is optional but highly recommended

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice as per the package instructions and set aside.
  • In a skillet add the oil, and let it heat up. Add the ground meat of choice with a generous pinch of salt and break it up as you stir for 8-10 min or until golden.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions and zucchini and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and take it off the heat.
  • Stir in the fresh dill and add in the cooked rice. Gently mix it all together and enjoy.

Notes

I use a rice cooker but if you are making rice on the stove just follow the package directions. You can use any ground meat of choice such as turkey, chicken, etc. Sear the meat on high heat until it browns and reduce heat to medium. Feel free to use cauliflower rice to make it low-carb or leave out the meat to make it vegetarian. You can even add mushrooms or use a plant-based ground meat of choice
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