weight watchers best recipes | Beef and Vegetable Cheese Casserole PointsPlus 5



Ingredients

1 spray(s) cooking spray  
2 medium fresh tomato(es), sliced  
2 medium uncooked zucchini, sliced  
12 oz uncooked lean ground beef  
1 large uncooked onion(s), finely chopped  
2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced  
1 cup(s) canned tomato sauce  
2 cup(s) fat free cottage cheese  
1 large uncooked egg yolk(s)  
1/2 cup(s) low fat shredded cheddar cheese  
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, oregano or rosemary, chopped  
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste  
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste  

Instructions

Preheat oven to 500ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread tomatoes and zucchini over sheet. Roast vegetables for 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanhwile, in a large, nonstick skillet, sauté beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.

Spread beef mixture in a large, shallow baking dish (3 quart or 9 X 13-inches) and top with roasted vegetables. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.

Whisk together cottage cheese, egg yolk, cheddar cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spoon over roasted vegetables and smooth with a rubber spatula.

Bake until very hot and bubbling around edges, about 35 minutes. Cut into six equal pieces and serve immediately. (Note: If preparing casserole in advance and freezing it, make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator before baking it. Increase the baking time by 5 to 10 minutes.)

Notes
To give this dish an Italian accent, substitute fat-free ricotta cheese for cottage cheese and use 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese in place of the cheddar. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil just before serving.

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