If all meals could be this easy, I would definitely order a lot less take out. I can already see my husband rolling his eyes when he reads this, and yes I would. I am pretty sure I have never grumbled about making dinner while making this meal, so that says something right? Easy, easy, easy, and yummy.
I started making this meal about 20 years ago from a recipe I saw in a magazine. For such a simple recipe it is funny how many times my family requests it when I am asking for meal ideas. Fine with me!
When I originally started making this recipe I used ground beef, but now I use ground turkey. You can use whichever you prefer.
1 lb. ground turkey or ground beef
1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini (or two small) chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup – 1 cup of shredded cheddar
2 – 3 cups cooked rice
Start white or brown rice cooking. Once rice is started, cook ground turkey in skillet until no longer pink. Drain grease, transfer to a plate, and put aside.
Wipe out the pan and spray with cooking spray. Cook zucchini and garlic until zucchini softens.
Add cooked ground turkey back to pan along with all other ingredients except cheese, stir well, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Once the rice is cooked and you are ready to serve, add cheese to turkey zucchini mixture and cook until cheese melts.
Serve over rice and enjoy!