Beef and Rice with Veggies


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g ground beef mince
  • 2 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, black pepper
  • 1 tsp each onion powder, dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 cups long grain white rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups diced frozen veggies
  • 3 big handfuls baby spinach


  • Heat oil in large pot over high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add beef, cook until brown, breaking it up as you go.
  • Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, cumin and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat down to medium. Add rice and beef broth, mix well. Add frozen veggies and bay leaf, then stir.
  • Place lid on, lower heat to medium low so it’s simmering gently. Cook for 12 – 15 minutes (might even take longer) until all liquid is absorbed (tilt pot to check). The rice should be just cooked, but will be wet.
  • Remove from heat. Quickly toss spinach on top of the rice and put the lid back on. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff rice and mix through wilted spinach with a fork. Adjust salt if desired. Serve!