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RE: Crock Pot Favorites (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: patti43 on 08.31.2012 at 10:48 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I love having dinner ready whether I'm gone all day or home. Luckygardnr posted this recipe and we really liked it. I left out the mushrooms and pepper and I used cottage cheese. I'll throw in some garlic next time because we like it. I don't know how many you're feeding, but it makes a lot.

CROCK POT LASAGNA

8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
28 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1/3 cup water
1 small carton of fresh mushrooms (I omitted)
15 oz. ricotta or 24 oz. cottage cheese (can use low fat)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 red pepper (I omitted)
1 sweet onion

1. Break noodles. Place half in bottom of greased slow cooker or use a Reynolds Slow Cooker Bag and there's no mess.

2. Brown ground beef. Drain. Stir in Italian seasoning. Spread half over noodles in slow cooker.

3. Layer half of sauce and water, half of mushrooms, half the pepper, half of the onion, half of ricotta or cottage cheese and half of mozzarella cheese over beef. Repeat layers.

4. Cover. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. (You can also double these ingredients and make 3 layers.) With newer crock pots, 4 hours is enough.

This is another one we like. The granddaughters were crazy for it (and ate it for breakfast the next morning). It does not take 6 hours though. More like 4 hours on low. You could make it on weekends, though. I remember how busy weekends could be when I was working. This also makes a whole crockpot full.

CROCK POT SPANISH RICE

2 pounds lean ground chuck
2 medium onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces) tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup rice, (not Minute Rice)

Brown beef in skillet and drain off fat. Put all ingredients in CROCK-POT. Stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on Low 6 hours. (High: 3 hours). This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. Note: Check after 4 hours; six was too long on low.

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