*Affiliate links included.
In grade school I did not know the name of the dietitian over the lunchroom. I was not alone as all of my friends and I called her the lunch lady. Now, as a homeschool mom, I’m the lunch lady and let me say most days I draw a complete menu blank.
Our usual weekly fare includes grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, maybe some pasta leftovers from dinner, and when I’m desperate–Chickfil-A.
My children are good at the chant, “We have nothing to eat” and on one challenging day I agreed.
Taking inspiration from 1/2 a pound of hamburger in the fridge and plenty of frozen sweet peppers I decided to make-up my own recipe for dirty rice. I checked online for recipes and when I read that chicken gizzards are what traditional dirty rice recipes include, I knew creating my own was the way to go. (No disrespect to chicken liver lovers. I had none in the fridge and would have had mutiny on my hands had I mentioned them.)
The result is now a family favorite. It’s easy and every single child in my home (even my college son) loves it. The more I make, the more they consume. There are never leftovers. Never.
If you are in need of a great one bowl lunch or dinner meal, give dirty rice a twirl. If you use chicken livers I’ll not tell and love you all the same!
Lunch Lady Dirty Rice
16 ounces of Jasmine or brown rice (your preference) cooked according to directions. I cook 16 ounces for lunch, 32 ounces for dinner.
1/2 lb ground chuck or turkey
Medium red onion (or whatever kind you have on hand) chopped
Green, yellow, red peppers chopped
Cajun Seasoning (I prefer the Kroger brand however Emeril’s Cajun Seasoning Blend is a nice one too.)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground meat and drain. Set aside.
In a large skillet sauté onion and peppers until soft in olive oil.
Add ground meat back to skillet and stir in your preferred amount of Cajun Seasoning.
To cooked, hot rice add butter and salt. Spoon into skillet and toss with meat mixture. Add more Cajun Seasoning to taste along with salt and pepper.
Serves 6 for lunch.