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20 Min Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

Easy, fast, tasty, healthy, and LEAP diet friendly
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and quinoa, caserole, easy recipe, ground beef and rice, healthy recipes, kid-friendly recipe, LEAP diet, one pot meal, quinoa, skillet meal
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef OR ground pork, turkey, venison, etc
  • 1 cup diced onion, celery, garlic, leeks, peppers OR other veggies of your choice
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice OR quinoa; great use of leftovers
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese OR another cheese OR omit if not okay for your LEAP diet
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium/high heat.
  • Add the veggies and saute until softened.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat or turn to low.
  • Stir in the pre-cooked rice or quinoa.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.


*If you have picky eaters, this recipe works great to serve the meat, rice and cheese separate and let them mix the ingredients according to their own preference. 
*I include lots of substitution ideas for those following a LEAP diet or with food sensitivities or allergies. If you have an autoimmune disease, I highly recommend the LEAP diet.