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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baked Beef & Rice Marinara

1 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper
2 cups cooked rice
1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce
3/4 tsp. ground oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 slices American cheese

Microwave Directions: Combine crumbled beef and vegetables in plastic colander; place colander over 2-qt. microwave-safe baking dish. Cook, uncovered, on HIGH (100% power) 4 minutes; stir after 2 minutes. Drain beef mixture; return mixture to baking dish. Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook on HIGH 2 minutes. Arrange cheese slices on top; cook on HIGH 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

Conventional Directions: Cook beef and vegetables over medium-high heat in large skillet until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring frequently;
drain. Combine meat mixture with remaining ingredients except cheese in buttered 2-qt. baking dish; arrange cheese slices on top. Bake at 350ºF. 20 to 25 minutes.

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