Aug 22, 2012

Ground Meat, Rice, Vegetables, and Cream Chesse

I had a green bell pepper and a medium sized zucchini that needed to be used.  What can I make with these items that is quick and easy?  If I add ground turkey and rice then I would have a main course. I added a little cream cheese, a touch of mint, and a few Indian spices to add flavor. The results were delicious, light, and refreshing. 


For the meat:
1lb of ground turkey, chicken or beef
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp ginger
salt/pepper to taste
1 tbs each of chopped Italian parsley and cilantro
1 tsp chopped mint

In a bowl add the meat and the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well. In a medium to large skillet add about 1-2 tbs oil and brown the meat. Set aside.

For the stir fry portion:
2 cups of cooked bismati rice, prepared according to package directions
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips or small pieces
1 onion sliced thin
1 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
1-2 tbs vegetable oil
1 tbs butter 
1/8 tsp of hot chili powder
salt/pepper to taste
1 tsp cumin  
1/2 tsp panch puran
2 tbs cream cheese, cubed

In a large skillet add the oil and butter.  Turn to medium heat.  When the pan is hot add the sliced onion and green pepper.  Saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent and the green pepper is tender.  Then add the zucchini.  Saute until the vegetables are tender.  Next, add the spices and saute for a couple of minutes to release the flavors of the spices. Add the rice, meat, and the cream cheese. Mix well. Saute for a few minutes more to heat all the way through. Serve with crispy bread. Enjoy!