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Zucchini Beef Casserole Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender, stirring twice. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 845mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat.

Reviews for Zucchini Beef Casserole

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Medic 716 126285
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

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

deedee300 54693
Reviewed 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 138798
Reviewed 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 126227
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

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

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