Tasty Taco Rice Salad

1 lb lean ground beef, rinsed and drained
1½ cups instant brown rice, uncooked
2 cups water
1 cup onion, chopped (about 1 medium)
1 tbsp chili powder
3 cups tomatoes, chopped
1 seeded jalapeno, chopped finely
1 cup spinach or romaine lettuce
1 cup 2%-fat shredded cheese


  1. Cook ground meat in a large skillet until brown. Drain off fat. Rinse meat with warm water to remove more fat.
  2. Add rice, water, onion and chili powder to meat in skillet.
  3. Cover. Simmer over low heat about 15 minutes to cook rice.
  4. Add tomatoes and jalapeno. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Place layers of spinach or romaine lettuce, rice mixture and cheese on plates. Serve at once.

Serves 8; Serving Size 1½ cups