Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Mexican Beef Bake with Cilantro-Lime Cream

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This hearty casserole features ground beef, beans, and pasta baked in a flavorful Mexican-inspired sauce and topped with cheese and sour cream. Kids will love it!

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 4 ounces dried multigrain or regular rotini or elbow macaroni (1⅓ cups)
  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ¾ cup bottled picante sauce or salsa
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup light dairy sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to hot saucepan; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook meat and garlic until meat is brown, stirring to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  3. Stir the cooked meat into pasta in saucepan. Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, picante sauce, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Transfer mixture to a 1- ½- to 2-quart casserole or baking dish.
  4. Bake, covered with foil, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 3 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, 2 tablespoons of the green onions, the cilantro, and lime peel. To serve, top each serving with a spoonful of the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining green onions.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 283 calories; 10 g fat(4 g sat); 7 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 10 mcg folate; 45 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,573 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 146 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 520 mg sodium; 469 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (31% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2½ lean protein, 1½ starch, 1 fat, ½ vegetables

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