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     Cheesy Taco Bake

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   Low-fat
Preptime   40

1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Jalapeno, chopped (optional)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 green pepper,chopped
1-2 tsp fresh lime juice
2 T Chili Powder
1 tsp Oregano
˝ tsp Thyme
2 tsp Cumin
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with EVOO, set aside. Boil brown rice in water on stovetop. Set aside In a 12” pan, spray with EVOO or cooking spray, add onion, garlic & jalapeno & sauté over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add ground beef, breaking it up as it browns. Cook for about 5 minutes & add peppers. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Add lime juice and seasonings. Stir to combine. Adjust seasonings to taste. Remove from heat - add rice (see notes below), tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of cheese & hot sauce (if using) to the skillet and stir to mix well. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar. Cover with foil & bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil & bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted & edges are bubbling. Remove from oven & let cool for 10 minutes. Top with hot sauce or sour cream!

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