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Beefy Macaroni Recipe

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Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 30 minutes Ingredients:  3 cups frozen cauliflower florets 4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) high-fiber elbow macaroni 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper 1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less) 1 tbsp. chopped garlic 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes 1 cup diced tomato 2 tbsp. canned tomato paste 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. dried basil Optional seasoning: crushed red pepper Directions:  Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Drain excess liquid. Roughly chop cauliflower, return to the bowl, and cover to keep warm. In a large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 7 minutes. Drain pasta, and stir into cauliflower. Re-cover to keep warm. Spray the pot with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook and stir until browned, about 4 minutes. To the pot, add ground beef, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stir, and crumble until beef is fully cooked and veggies are soft, about 6 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to the pot, and stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and stir in cauliflower-pasta mixture. Cook until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 1/2 cups) Calories: 375 Fat: 6g Sat Fat: 2g Sodium: 690mg Carbs: 50g Fiber: 10g Sugars: 13.5g Protein: 33g SmartPoints 6

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