1Soak eggplant, peeled and cubed in salt water (2 tsp. salt and water to cover)while preparing other vegetables.
Grease a 13x9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2Cook 1/2 cup raw rice as directed on package. Need 1-1/2 cups cooked rice for recipe.
3Brown ground beef, drain. Add onions, celery, green pepper and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until vegetables are just tender.
4Drain eggplant and add to ground beef mixture, simmer about 1 hour or until eggplant is tender. Add the 1-1/2 cups cooked rice. Stir gently just to mix. Pour into a 13x9 greased or sprayed baking dish. Sprinkle with the 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.