join the movement, slow cook with me

Almost everyone I know owns a slow cooker, but my question to them is “Do you actually use it?” I now own 2 slow cookers because these kitchen staples have changed my life, and I would be remiss if I did not shout it from the mountaintop. Well, I’m afraid of heights, so blogging about it will have to suffice. I first experienced the wonder that is slow cooking when I made a slow cooker lasagna recipe that I came across on FB. It looked delicious, and I love lasagna (even the frozen kind), so I thought I’d give a shot. I did, and it was easy, and what’s more, it was well received by all. That was back in December. I posted a pic of it on FB, and I could tell by some of the comments that people were salivating over my yummy dish. Hence, the idea was hatched, and #slowcookersaturday was born. I have successfully completed 7 straight #slowcookersaturday (s), and I have to say that my fear of trying something new has waned, and that meal planning has become a healthy habit.

My slow cooker-infrequently used- sat in my cabinet for the first 6 years of my marriage, but now that it has been removed, it has been redeemed, and now holds the title as my favorite cooking tool.  

Join me Saturday as I make slow cooker lasagna. I love it, and you will too!

 


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef or I use 1/2 Ground Turkey and 1/2 Ground Beef- (Vegetarian option- no meat add zucchini or spinach).
  • Lasagna noodles (no need to boil)
  • 1 jar(s) of spaghetti sauce; I typically use whatever brand is on sale 
  • 1 1/2 cups of ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Season and brown ground beef/turkey and drain (I season my meat with oregano and garlic powder to taste).
  • Spoon 1 Cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of 4 quart crock pot.
  • Mix remaining sauce with beef (I add a little sugar to the meat sauce- just a little).
  • Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot.
  • Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles.
  • Spread 3/4 Cup cottage cheese over meat.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese.
  • Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.


Be careful not to overcook! Enjoy with a tossed salad and some garlic bread. 
Follow Tamara’s board I’m Slow Cooking| #slowcookersaturday on Pinterest.
Slow cook with me,