Hamburger Rice Hotdish

Hamburger Rice Hotdish

Hotdish was a staple in my diet growing up, especially throughout the winter months, so I decided it was time to bring them back into my life. This is a simple and easy grain free, gluten free, dairy free version of one of my moms classic recipes and it’s easily become a favorite in my household over the past few weeks of below zero temps!

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So apparently after a warm{er} + thunderstorm filled Christmas, Minne decided to make us all remember why we love to live here so much {or not}. The past week has been filled with nothing but sub zero temps, wind gusts and a whole lotta BRRRs coming from my lips. And while I couldn't love this state any more between the months of April and October, in my opinion the other 5 months could be completely eliminated. Except for the week between Christmas and New Years, I actually do enjoy having a white Christmas. But other than that, everything else could go.

I have zero interest in outdoor winter activities: skiing, snowboarding, etc. I'd rather just stay inside my toasty home and try to remember what it's like to be able to walk outside every day without being {bitch}slapped in the face by Mother Nature. With the decreasing winter temperatures comes an increase in the amount of layers I wear about the house, the amount of tea I consume on a daily basis and the amount of comfort foods that I crave all day every day.

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Don't get me wrong, I love a good salad or smoothie ANY time of the year, but sometimes {like in the dead middle of January on the coldest day of the year} a non-heatable dinner just isn't going to cut it. If I'm walking into the house from below zero temps, you can bet I'm looking for something to fill my tummy that is going to warm me from the insides out! Soups are huge at our house this time of year {ham bone soup,  southwestern Paleo chili, chicken vegetable} you name it and we've probably had it, but a new go to dish of ours is the classic dish designed my the forefathers of this glorious {frozen tundra} state, known as the Hot-dish. Now I've never really thought about the title of this specific type of dish before now {because it was a term everyone used while I was growing up} but now that I think about it a little more, it makes complete sense to me. 

Of course Minnesotans are going to be the ones who created the {Hot-dish} because years ago, this state was going through the same exact 4 seasons that it is now. My ancestors experienced spring, summer and fall just like we do and you better believe that they felt the same harsh slap across the face from Mother Nature when walking outdoors as we do now. So obviously having {hot} food on the table at night rather than cold food was a huge priority through the winter months for them as well.

And thanks to my childhood filled with meals curated from my professional chef of a mother, I have tested out of my fair share of hotdish recipes and knew exactly which one I'd be recreating {Paleo-style} first.

Hamburger rice hotdish was a true crowd pleaser in the Schulz household not only throughout the winter, but all year long! And as an added bonus it literally took {maybe} a half hour to throw together, so obviously this was destined to be my first Mama Schulz Hotdish Recreation. It's pretty cool to be able to put my own spin on a recipe I grew up with and share it with my own little fam bam. It's like sharing a little piece of my rural southern MN childhood with them... and they love it!


{Printable Recipe}

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·       2C. Cream of Mushroom Soup {homemade, not canned}

·       1lb. Ground Beef

·       16oz. Cauliflower Rice

·       3 Handfuls of Spinach

·       1C. Carrots, sliced

·       3/4C. White Onions, diced

·       4oz. Mushrooms, diced

·       2Tsp. Onion Powder

·       2Tsp. Garlic Powder

·       2Tsp. Sea Salt

·       1Tsp. Black Pepper




1.     Brown the hamburger in a large skillet, then set aside

2.     In the same skillet {with the remaining beef grease} sauté the carrots for 6min. then add in the onions

3.     Sauté for 5 more minutes, then add the cauliflower rice, mushrooms and spinach

4.     Cover and allow to cook 7-10 more minutes, stirring occasionally

5.     Add the cream of mushroom soup and heat until warm

6.     And ENJOY!


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Have you ever heard of hotdish before? If so, what is your favorite hotdish recipe? If you have not heard of hotdish, then what recipe type would you label this as?




 P.S.  For more Paleo Comfort Food Recipes checkout my Grain Free Taco Hotdish Boats or my Buffalo Shrimp Pasta.

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