one pot dinner

Beef and Poblano Rice One-Pot Dinner

Wait til you try this simple, delicious, whole-family-loves-it dinner recipe - you’re going to thank me! Ha! I discovered this 30-minute treasure while “trying out” a dinner-in-a-box service that was the best one I’ve tried yet. (But I just find I can’t continue those services due to my incessant need to re-invent every recipe I try!)

So here is the Coach Bess - re-invented version of this one-pot dinner that the whole family loves!

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How to Make Beef and Poblano Rice


2 poblano peppers
1 lb lean ground beef (90/10 and grass fed, preferably)
1 1/2 cups basmati rice (can use brown basmati - will just be a different texture)
2 1/2 cups water (or beef broth if you want more flavor)
1 Tbsp seasoning (I used hamburger seasoning mix that has chili powder, garlic and onion powder in it)
1/3 cup sour cream
2-3 green onions, diced finely
olive or avocado oil
kosher salt, black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and make sure the rack is centered in the oven. Have a large dutch oven or cast iron pan ready to use, because you will first prepare this dish on stove top, then put the pan directly into the oven to finish it.

Halve the poblanos, remove seeds and ribs, and dice into 1/2 inch squares or so. Heat 2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil over medium-high heat in the pan. Add in the poblano pieces, and let them saute, stirring only a couple times, for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Add in the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes or so, or until fully browned. Scrape to the side of the pan.

Add the dry rice and the Tbsp spice, and “toast” it over the heat for about 2 minutes, only stirring once or twice. Stir together with the ground beef and peppers mixture and toast for another minute.

Stir in the water or broth, and bring the entire mixture to a quick boil over high heat. Once boiling, carefully remove from stove top heat and place entire pan of mixture into the pre-heated oven. Place lid on it, and bake for about 17 minutes, or until all the water or broth is absorbed.

While the rice dish is baking, stir together a couple tablespoons of water with the sour cream, making it slightly runny for easy drizzling. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the rice is done, remove from oven and serve within minutes and after fluffing the rice with a fork. Drizzle the sour cream and sprinkle the green onions over it. Mmmmm!

BONUS TIP: for added nutritional goodness, slice up a fresh avocado, salt them, and serve alongside or over dish.

What do YOU think?

Easy enough to try out? I personally love the easy cleanup and simple process of this one-pot recipe!

Oh So Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl

I stumbled on this beautifully easy recipe a few weeks ago, and now I make it entirely too often around here! It is ridiculously easy, and is another healthy one-pot dinner I can rotate through the meal plan fairly regularly without complaint from my "needier" eaters! 

What busy mom doesn't need more of this kind of recipe in her life?

The original recipe I tried called for pork sausage, but since we're trying to move away from pork in our diet, we found that lean ground beef or turkey works just fine as well. I'm also going to try it soon with shrimp as the protein center. I'll let you know in our free support community on facebook how that goes!

Here's how you make this entirely-too-easy family meal...


  • 1 package of shredded slaw or veggies (I use the super food shredded mixes)
  • 1/2 to 1 lb lean ground meat (your choice, amount to taste)
  • 1 thumbnail-size fresh ginger root, minced or grated
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • drizzle sesame oil
  • drizzle low-sodium sauce or liquid aminos
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper (only if you like a little heat)
  • sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
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  1. Place a large, deep pan over medium to high heat. Add ground meat and chop it up while it browns. Once browned and almost done (about 4-5 minutes) add in the fresh garlic and ginger.
  2. Add in slaw or shredded veggies, stir occasionally for about 3 minutes or so.
  3. Drizzle both the sesame oil and soy sauce, and add crushed red pepper.
  4. It's DONE! Place in a bowl and top with a sprinkling of sesame seeds if desired.

Here's what I love most as a health coach about this recipe - there's NO need for a fried shell like a traditional egg roll. What I love most about this recipe as a mom? Way less mess, since there's no frying and it only uses one pan!

The super food slaw I use? I found it at my local Walmart and it cost less than $2. My family and I are getting a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber from this dinner and we're staying on budget! Win-win. 

Tell us what you think of this recipe in the comments below after you try it with your own hungry loves. For more FRESH recipe makeovers to add into your healthy meal plan, have a look-see in the recipe box here on the site