Cheddar-Topped Veggie Beef Skillet Dinner

Cheddar-Topped Veggie Beef Skillet Dinner

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Monica Hoffman Hemenway 0

"This healthy dish is tasty and filling. There is a lot of chopping involved in preparation, so you may want to cook the barley and prepare some of the ingredients in advance. It is a complete meal, and the leftovers taste great reheated."

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 308 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 308 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.3g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 19.7 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 493 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir until the bell pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked barley, tomatoes, zucchini, and kidney beans. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove, sprinkle the cheese over the top, replace the cover, and let stand until the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes.
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Smithchelle
7/29/2010

I left out the barley. Thought it was great.

MaraAllen
4/23/2011

I pretty much made this tonight, without having seen this recipe. Being a casserole, you can change things as you see fit. I used cumin instead of oregano/basil, canned diced tomatoes, canned tomato sauce, no zucchini nor beans, and folded in spinach at the very end. I was awesome! I also used some of it to stuff those mini bell peppers (see photos). They were delicious!

Kaylala0426
11/16/2010

I left out the kidney beans because we aren't bean people and I didn't have any but otherwise this was delicious. Warm and hearty and perfect for a cool evening.