Monday, January 23, 2017

Barefoot & Pregnant in the Kitchen

Happy Monday friends!

I am trying to jump on the meal planning train and dust off my cooking skills! 

I am not a fan of cooking, cleaning the kitchen or eating left overs. But I'm also not a fan of Mondays, and it seems they still have to happen.

So this month, I have purchased and planned out 90% of our meals. And it makes me tired. But I'm doing it. #firstworldproblems I know...
Here's my plan, my schedule, list of things I don't want to do... call it what you'd like:

Tonight's cuisine is an oldy but a goody. In 2013 I took on the challenge of loving my crock pot. I blogged about all the meals I prepared, if we liked them, etc.

Here's the info on the easiest and yummiest lasagna you can get out of a crock pot and
the link to my previous post. Enjoy!!!

The Inspiration:
Crock Pot Lasagna

The Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
29 oz can tomato sauce*
8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese*

The Directions:
- Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray
- Brown the ground beef
- Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef
- Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot
- Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better)
- Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles
- Repeat these layers twice
- Top with remaining sauce
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hrs. 
(I've started the crock-pot on high in the morning before I leave for work and then put it on warm when I leave and it's perfect when I get home)
- Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes

The Verdict:
* This was my first try in the crock pot and it was awesome!!! 
*The only thing I changed was I used 2 cups (16 oz.) of cottage cheese and more like 36 oz. of tomato sauce. 
* The first time I prepared it I cooked on high for 4 hours and it was amazing! If at all possible I would recommend that method. If not this next note is super important. 
* If you are leaving the meal to cook while you are gone (6+ hours) she instructs to cook on high for 30 mins then on warm for the remainder of the day. It is VERY important to put it on WARM and not low. Otherwise your noodles will be soupy and your cheese will burn around the edges. 
*Rave reviews from the Hubs and my toddler!!!!