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Skinny Crock Pot Lasagna

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Good evening foodie friends,

Just gonna quick post this yummy new crock pot recipe, so easy and so delicious! Perfect for a chilly winter night.  Complete and total comfort food, made guilt-free!

Skinny Crock Pot Lasagna

Ingredients

Lasagna noodles-any type, uncooked

1 bag skim mozzarella cheese (2 cups)

1 16 ou container low-fat cottage cheese

1 egg

1 package frozen chopped spinach, squeeze excess water out

1 box sliced mushrooms

1 pound ground turkey

1 small onion, diced

few cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

2 jars of your favorite marinara, i used one that was a Spinach Marinara and one that was a Four Cheese type

1 small can tomato paste

1/2 cup grated parmesan

few tablespoons chopped parsley

fresh basil

Directions

I used my large, oval-shaped crock pot because the noodles fit nicely.

First, brown the ground turkey, mushrooms, onion, garlic in my crock pot insert (it’s for the stove too) and added the salt. Remove the mixture and simply wipe clean.

Mix the paste and sauces together in one bowl,

In another bowl, mix the cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, spinach and parsley.

Begin by putting a thick later of sauce down in the bottom, cover with one layer of noodles, break some to have it fit evenly. The, a layer of cheese mixture, sprinkle with mozzarella, then the meat mixture. Repeat the layering process. I ended up with three layers of noodles. I finished with mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle some fresh basil on each layer.

Cook on low setting 5-7 hours, I had to hurry up the process and did a few hours on high and ended with a couple on low, this worked fine too :)

Bon appétit!

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Recipe inspired by http://www.betterrecipes.com

Easy Crock Pot Turkey Breast

The hazy, lazy days of summer are here! Okay, so not very lazy but at least a bit more laid back and relaxed. I have been pulling out the crock pot this week because due to swim lessons, camps and all the flurry of activity all of a sudden its 6 o’clock and everyone is starving. So I’ve been slow cooking some meats so that they are ready to go when everyone is clamoring for something to eat.

Today, I am doing a turkey breast in the crock pot, a small 7 pound boneless breast. I simply tossed some carrots in the bottom along with some sliced shallots (from the weekly  CSA share) and rubbed the meat with a dried mushroom and onion soup mix, added a bit of water or white wine in the pot and set on low for 8 hours.

Looking forward to some turkey tonight and sandwiches tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy your summer day :)

Overnight Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

Happy sunny Sunday afternoon! As promised, here is the recipe for a favorite at our house, Overnight Oatmeal. It’s perfect for cold, chilly mornings when you want a hearty wholesome breakfast as well as those times when you are entertaining and need a quick breakfast that everyone can “serve” to themselves :) I like to create a “buffet” of toppings for everyone to make their oatmeal they way they like to. Toppings such as raisins, toasted nuts, brown sugar, dried or fresh fruits and milk.

Overnight Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

Serves 4 (can be doubled)

Ingredients

1 cup steel-cut oats

4 cups water (can use apple juice or a combination depending on the flavor you want)

1/2 cup milk or cream

1/2-1 vanilla bean (actual bean is much more flavorful than the extract)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp cinnamon (optional, we just like extra)

*Can add chopped, peeled apples to the crock pot for an Apple Cinnamon version of the recipe

Directions

Spray the inside of a crock pot  with non-stick cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir. Cover and set crock pot on “low” setting. I usually do this about 9 or 10 p.m. for it to be ready about 6:30 a.m. In the morning, open lid and stir. Set up bowls of assorted toppings such as raisins, dried cranberries, brown sugar, fresh fruit, toasted nuts, really the possibilities are endless…Enjoy!

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