Sunday, March 22, 2009

Beef & Rice Casserole

I love to build meals around pantry staples and rice mixes are exactly that for me - a staple. When you're short on time, this meal is a great time saver - and doubles as amazing filler for a burrito, too. This is also a great way to use leftover browned, ground turkey or beef and make it stretch to feed a family.

1 box beef flavored rice mix
1/2 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
1/4 medium red or orange bell pepper, chopped fine
1 T. dry minced onion
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed (or 1 T. minced)
1 tsp. each chili powder & cumin
3/4 C. shredded cheese, cheddar or Mexican blend
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine (if desired)

In covered skillet, prepare beef rice mix as directed, substituting cooking spray for the oil/butter required in the recipe. As rice simmers, in separate skillet brown the ground turkey (or beef) with bell pepper and spices. Once rice is finished cooking, stir in ground turkey/beef mixture.

Top with shredded cheese, green onion (if desired).

Serve with tortillas, shredded lettuce, and salsa.
Yield: 4-6 servings

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