Thursday, October 1, 2015

Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

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My sweet neighbor brought me some bell peppers from her garden.  I thought I would make my Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe, but wanted to try something new--my Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole was born! 

Unstuffed Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole

1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil (can use olive oil)
2 cups diced bell pepper (about 3 medium peppers)
1 cup diced onion (a medium onion)
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound ground beef (I use the lean)
1-11/2 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (14.5) oz. can petite diced tomatoes
3 cups cooked rice (I used white but can use brown)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided

In a large frying pan, saute bell peppers, onion, and garlic in the grapeseed oil on medium high until soft (about 5 minutes).  Add the ground beef (I put a little salt, pepper and garlic  powder on the meat).  When cooked drain any excess liquid from pan.  Add the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, rice, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/8 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Mix well.  Put in a 9x13 baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for 25 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

**3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice made 3 cups cooked rice.

How to make white long grain rice: 
(Use double the water to the rice.  For 3/4 cup rice, use 1 1/2 cups water.  For 1 cup rice use 2 cups water.)
Put water in a pot and add some salt and butter.  Bring to a boil.  Add rice, stir, cover pot and cook on low for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, remove from stove and let sit about 5 minutes.  Your rice should be perfect!

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