Turkey, Bacon and Brussels Sprout Rice

I hadn't bought Brussels sprouts in a while, so when I saw some at Aldi, I picked some up.

 I wanted to incorporate these into a one(ish) pot meal. I actually used two pots because I cooked the rice before I combined everything.  I have always loved any kind of ground meat with rice because my mom used to make a yellow rice dish with ground beef when I was younger.  It feels like "home."  I used black rice because it has a sweet, nutty taste that my family loves.  Plus, it has extra antioxidants.

Ingredients
1 3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup black rice

 1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 small yellow onion, diced
3/4 pounds brussels sprouts, halved
2 strips turkey bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 teaspoon onion powder
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions
Bring 1 3/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Add one cup black rice and turn heat to low and cover.
Cook over low heat for 25 - 30 minutes, until all water is absorbed.

While rice is cooking, chop yellow onion.  Put one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet which has a lid.  Add yellow onion and ground turkey to the large skillet.  Brown onions and turkey together until turkey is halfway browned.
Add Brussels sprouts and continue cooking over medium heat.
Add the bacon, cover with lid, turn to low and continue to cook for 10 minutes.

When rice is done, add to ground turkey and Brussels sprout mixture.  Add 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic and 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper.  Add a little water.  Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes.

The hubby and I liked it so much we both had seconds.  And the kids liked the rice mixture.  They don't love cooked brussels sprouts, so they ate raw brussels sprouts before we cooked all of them.

Do you like brussels sprouts and what's your favorite way to cook them?


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