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Mediterranean Beef Toss Recipe

This is a great way to use ground beef, and I often double the recipe because it's so easy. Whenever I make this dish, I receive so many compliments.—Phyllis Stewart, Goodwood, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Add zucchini and green pepper; cook and stir for 4-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, vinegar, basil, thyme and remaining salt. Add beef mixture; heat through. Serve over spaghetti if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1-1/2 cups beef mixture, calculated without spaghetti) equals 204 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 739 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 15 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.