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Zucchini Beef Casserole

"Everyone in our family always asks me to make this quick-and-easy microwave recipe," relates Lisa Bales of Peru, Indiana. "I use it as a side when I need to take-along dish or as a light one-dish supper at home."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup instant rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil


  • Crumble beef into a 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with garlic powder. Cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes; stir. Heat 1-2 minutes longer or until no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender, stirring twice.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 230 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 845mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • NurseBecky
    Aug 8, 2020

    Really good! Added the juice from the tomatoes with the water amount. Also added cilantro for a little kick. Used half yellow summer squash since I have it. Once cooked added shredded sharp cheese into and on top. I’ll do this again!

  • Medic 716
    Jun 12, 2014

    not big on microwaving food so did it stove top instead. quick and easy.

  • deedee300
    May 20, 2013

    Very good, but for my personal taste I would omit the soy sauce and use the juice from the canned tomatoes instead. Will make again! Quick, easy & yummy!

  • sjpassineau
    Aug 4, 2010

    I used a good quality ground turkey, shredded the zucchini and up'd the seasonings a bit and my kids ate it! They heard we were having a zucchini casserole and were dreading dinner until they tried it. It was fairly similar to a baked chop suey recipe we like. I also finished it on the stove. The liquid just wasn't absorbing so I boiled it off. Great "jumping off point" recipe than can be adapted for different tastes!

  • taravan3
    Sep 9, 2009

    This was very good, I made it in a pan on the stove though

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    May 23, 2007

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    Aug 29, 2006

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    Jul 17, 2006

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