As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, se7en!!! Hope you and the family are well, insha'Allah.
Here's something I usually lean on when time is tight...Disclaimer #1:
I am not a cook.Disclaimer #2:
My husband is a much better cook than myself, and has sworn me to secrecy with his Lebanese recipes. He's actually serious. Since I couldn't really explain what he does, anyhow (measurements?), I'll give you another Lebanese friend's recipe. I'd give you some Paki dishes, but since I'm no expert in that, either and I figure, your mom probably could hook you up...I actually like to mix Pakistani and Lebanese dishes; great combos.Disclaimer #3:
Like most desis, using Uncle Ben's rice is sacrilege, I know (and God knows Basmati is the only rice allowed in my parents' home, as well it should be). But it works best in this recipe. Even my mom loves this (although it's really the nuts she goes for).Rice with meat (with buttered/browned nuts on top, yuummmm):
1) Saute ground meat (1/2 lb) in a pot in a tiny amount of oil. Mash it up, so it's not toooo lumpy.
2) Add spices: Allspice (1-2 tbs), Salt (1 tbs), Black/Red Pepper (1-2 tbs), Cinnamon (1/2 tbs), Nutmeg (1/2 tbs).
3) After meat is cooked through (5 min or so), add 4 cups of water, and let boil.
4) Once boiling, add 2 cups of rice (any kind, but Uncle Ben's works fine here).
5) Cook until boiling, then let it boil down to just enough water so it comes to the level of the rice. Then reduce heat to low, and cover. Let it "dhum" for like 10 min (standard rice procedure, right?).
6) In the meantime, melt some butter in a small nonstick pan, heat up, and then add sliced almonds or pinenuts. Fry em up until just golden brown. Make this the topping of your rice, once you put it in a nice display dish.
This is normally served with a chicken dish and veggie dish, not to mention some salad, but it's fine on it's own every once in a while...serves like, I dunno, 3 families? Three meals?