Laura's Lean Ground Beef with Peanut Sauce and Rice Noodles

Sometimes, I just crave certain flavors. I always love the combination of beef, peanut sauce and cilantro. Rice noodles hit my carb craving. And the sprinkling of peanuts on top of all give a great crunchy textural component to this dish. Best of all? It is all done in one pot. When we have this for dinner, nothing else is on the table. It's the meat, veg and protein all in one dish.

Prep time: About 10 minutes
Cook time: About 10  minutes
Serves: 8

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds Laura's Lean Beef 92% lean Ground Beef
1 large onion, sliced
2 large red bell peppers, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 9- or 10-ounce bottle Peanut Sauce (I used Annie Chun's)
8 ounces rice noodles, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped
1 lime cut into wedges

1. In large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until all pink is gone. Drain if necessary. Add sliced onion and pepper to pot and cook, stirring until vegetables are softened. Stir in garlic and cook another minute.

2. Add sauce to pot and mix well. Gently stir in noodles. Reduce heat to medium and cook just until noodles are hot. Place beef/noodle mixture in serving bowl. Top with bean sprouts, cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve with lime wedges (encourage everyone to squeeze fresh lime juice over their servings).

Nutrition Information per Serving (About 1 1/2 cups beef/noodle mixture)

Calories 432; Calories from Fat 169 (45% from fat); Fat 19g; Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 401mg; Carbohydrates 38g; Fiber 2g; Protein 27g; Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 60%; Calcium 2%; Iron 23%


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