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Herbed Beef Vegetable Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

10 servings

If your family is resistant to eating vegetables, offer them this dish! Eggplant, zucchini, onion and yellow pepper are disguised in a beefy tomato sauce. - Betty Blandford, Johns Island, South Carolina

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • 2 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon each oregano, savory and thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Add the eggplant, zucchini, onion, yellow pepper and garlic; cook until tender. Add tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup cheese, broth and seasonings; mix well.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 257 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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