Ground Beef, Veggie & Rice Bake

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Total Time
15 mins
35 mins

This is a great one-dish meal that gives you something different to do with that ground beef defrosting in your fridge.

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  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook ground beef, celery & onion until beef is brown & veggies are tender (drain fat).
  3. Trim the ends from the zucchini & cut it in half lengthwise then slice crosswise. You can use any veggie(s) really, I like this with grilled peppers myself.
  4. In a 13x9x2 inch baking dish combine meat mixture, rice, zucchini, tomatoes, milk, mushrooms, soup mix, basil & pepper (I tend to add chili powder too). Mix well.
  5. Bake, covered, at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
  6. You may add the shredded cheddar during the last few minutes of cooking or use as a topping before serving.
  7. Stir before serving.