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15 Minute DIY Greek Rice Bowls

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This recipe is sponsored by Success® Rice, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Eating well when you have kids is way harder, in my opinion! So many people to satisfy (many of whom ONLY love carbs) and most of them don’t love veggies. But you shouldn’t have to make yourself a separate meal just because you want to do something lighter!

Whenever I’m getting a meal for just myself, I always get a bowl from CAVA. Greek inspired meals are just so fresh and flavorful! I made this 15-minute DIY Greek Rice Bowl recipe so I could enjoy those Greek flavors, but in a quick & nutritious weeknight meal that has something for everyone.

Close up of white bowl with rice, ground beef, hummus, tomatoes, cucumber topped with spices.

Why I love these Greek Rice Bowls

I could eat these every single week! It’s a perfect switch-up to the typical weekly taco routine (or would be great in addition to taco day, too)! It’s the perfect customizable, do-it-yourself recipe where everyone’s plate can look a little different, but you only have to cook one simple meal.

If you know me, you know I love shortcuts, and Success® Rice makes this dinner come together so much quicker! And this rice comes out perfectly every time.

I learned this trick from my mom, to be honest. I remember making Boil-in-Bag Success rice with her as a kid on weeknights. I loved watching her drain the rice when it was done…that meant it was time to eat! 

This meal truly pleases everyone in my house! Greek flavors are some of my favorites, and my kids have been licking hummus off their fingers since they were babies. My husband loves having meat, a grain, and a veggie, so this hits all of his favorites. This dinner is a home-run not only in terms of simple prep, but also that everyone will eat it! 

I personally like to add a handful of spinach to the bottom of my bowl to add more leafy greens to my day. My kids get to choose which foods they want, which helps them to feel empowered, and I feel good knowing that even if they skip an ingredient or two when making their own bowls, they’re getting a nutritious and well-balanced meal. 

As an added bonus, this is a great rice recipe for toddlers. Adding hummus makes rice less messy for toddlers–just stir it right into their portion of rice and it will help it stick together a bit. Whether they’re eating it with a spoon or their fingers, they’re way more likely to get the rice to their mouth than for it to end up on the floor! 

Two versions of the Greek Rice Bowls plated - in the back is an adult bowl with ingredients mixed together, while the front is a blue plate with ingredients separate for kids.

Ingredients Needed

  • Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 lb Lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Dried dill
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • ⅔ cup Water
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • 1 Seedless cucumber
  • Cabbage slaw (just the veggies, no dressing)
  • ½ cup Grape tomatoes
  • Crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • Sriracha (optional)

How to make this recipe

  1. Rice: Pour about 8 cups of water into a large saucepan and submerge 2 bags of Success® Brown Rice. Bring water to a boil; boil uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove bags with a fork and drain. Cut open bags and empty cooked rice into a serving dish. Fluff with fork and add butter and salt, if desired.
  3. Beef: While rice cooks, heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat. When hot, add ground beef to the pan. Brown the beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces and crumbles as it cooks, until no longer pink. Drain the fat, and place the beef back in the skillet.
  4. Add dill, oregano, salt and pepper. Raise heat to high, and pour water on the beef. Once the water begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and let the beef simmer until the water has reduced.
  5. Toppings: Slice cucumbers into quarters lengthwise, and chop. Quarter the grape tomatoes. 
  6. To serve: Layer bowl with brown rice, beef, cabbage slaw, and top with cucumbers, tomatoes, sprinkle of feta, scoop of hummus, and a scoop of tzatziki.
Greek Rice bowl with a plated version for kids and a box of Success Rice Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice blurred in the background.

Recipe FAQs

Can you substitute something in place of the ground beef? 

  • Yes, you could try ground turkey or ground chicken instead. 
  • For a meatless option, I would recommend chickpeas or store bought falafel.

Is brown rice better than white rice?

  • Both are great additions to a healthy meal! I love the hearty texture of brown rice. Nutritionally, brown rice has more fiber than white rice, and many people do have difficulty getting enough fiber in daily.
Top-down photo of Greek Rice bowls plated for adults and with ingredients separated for kids.

Expert Tips

  • If hummus is new for your little one, and they DO like plain yogurt, you can introduce the flavor by mixing some into plain Greek yogurt. 
  • You can also introduce hummus by spreading a SUPER thin layer on pita or toast.

15 Minute DY Greek Bowl Recipe

Greek Rice Bowl plated in white bowl on marble countertop.

15 Minute DIY Greek Rice Bowls

Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, LD
These simple and nutritious Greek rice bowls are sure to please everyone – because everyone can customize their own bowl, while you only need to prepare one meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 516 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Nonstick Skillet
  • 1 Cutting Board

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bags Success® Brown Rice One package includes 4 bags.
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Dried Dill
  • 1-1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • 1 Seedless Cucumber
  • Cabbage Slaw Just the veggies, no dressing
  • 1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese Optional
  • Sriracha Optional

Instructions
 

Rice

  • Pour about 8 cups of water into a large saucepan and submerge 2 bags of Success® Brown Rice. Bring water to a boil; boil uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove bags with a fork and drain. Cut open bags and empty cooked rice into a serving dish. Fluff with fork and add butter and salt, if desired.

Beef

  • While rice cooks, heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat. When hot, add ground beef to the pan. Brown the beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces and crumbles as it cooks, until no longer pink. Drain the fat, and place the beef back in the skillet.
  • Add dill, oregano, salt and pepper. Raise heat to high, and pour water on the beef. Once the water begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and let the beef simmer until the water has reduced.

Toppings

  • Slice cucumbers into quarters lengthwise, and chop. Quarter the grape tomatoes.

To Serve

  • Layer bowl with brown rice, beef, cabbage slaw, and top with cucumbers, tomatoes, sprinkle of feta, scoop of hummus, and a scoop of tzatziki.

Notes

The nutrition facts are calculated using 1 tbsp hummus, 1 tbsp tzatziki and 0.5 ounce feta topping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 39gFat: 19.5gSodium: 922mgFiber: 4.5gSugar: 4g
Keyword DIY Dinner Bowls, Greek Rice Bowls, Rice Bowls, Success Rice, Greek Rice Bowls, DIY Dinner Bowls
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