Unstuffed Peppers

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

1 cup uncooked instant rice (or 2 cups of leftover cooked rice)
1 pound ground beef
2 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, green peppers and onion over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in rice, marinara sauce and seasoning blend. Stir in cheese.
3. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and oil; sprinkle over the top. Bake 8-10 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.

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