Monday, January 4, 2016

Lazy Day Stuffed Pepper Casserole

I love stuffed peppers.  But sometimes, the work of preparing them is just not in the cards.  Here's a fast way to get the taste:

Lazy Day Stuffed Pepper Casserole

1 T oil
2 c diced bell pepper - frozen is fine if you're really rushed for time
1 c diced onion
1/2 T minced garlic
1 lb ground beef (you can use turkey, but add a little beef bouillon /flavoring)
1.5 T Italian seasoning
1 t salt
1 13 oz can tomato sauce
3 c cooked rice
3/4 c mozzarella cheese, divided

Set your rice on to cook. (1 1/2 c rice, 3 1/2 c water, a knob of butter, salt)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saute pan, add olive oil, diced pepper, diced onion and minced garlic over medium high heat and cook for about 5 minutes until the veggies just start to get soft, stirring often. 

Add in ground meat and cook until the meat is cooked through. Drain grease out of pan. 

Add in Italian seasoning, salt, tomato sauce, rice and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese stir together. 

Pour everything into a large baking dish and top with additional 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. 

Cover with foil and bake in oven for about 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or so until cheese turns golden.

A side salad, another veg, and some garlic bread round out the meal.

This week's recipe detective was CLOUD!!

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