Simple Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

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I’ll have to admit I tried this recipe out of curiosity. Lasagna in the slow cooker did not sound like it would work out that well to me; was I wrong. There is a little prep time involved here but not quite as much as when you have to precook the Lasagna noodles. Using the no cook lasagna noodles works out very well in this recipe; I thought it was very good, and my wife said it was delicious.

I wanted to be able to cut serving size pieces so I lined the slow cooker with aluminum foil so I could lift the lasagna out in one piece, to cut it for the pictures, so that step is not necessary – just omit that step if you don’t need to do this.

This is a great recipe if you want to free up your afternoon to do something else while supper is cooking. You can put this in the slow cooker at 12 or 1 pm and have dinner ready when the kids get out of school.

Give this one a try – enjoy

Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 jar roasted garlic and herb pasta sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 carton ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 no cook lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Chop the vegetables and line a 3 quart slow cooker with aluminum foil.
  2. chopped green pepper and onions
  3. In a large bowl mix together the mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  4. cheese mix for lasagna
  5. In a large skillet cook the burger, green pepper, and onion over medium high heat until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Stir in the pasta sauce and continue cooking until thoroughly heated.
  6. browning green pepper and onions
  7. Layer the lasagna starting with one cup of the meat mixture placed over the bottom of the slow cooker followed by 1 cup of the cheese mixture topped with lasagna noodles. (Break noodles as needed to fit – you’ll need about 2 noodles per layer.) Continue layering, finishing with the meat mixture on top.
  8. layering lasagna
  9. slow cooker lasagna ready to cook
  10. Cook on low for 4 hours or until lasagna noodles are tender. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and cook covered for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Let rest 10 minutes and serve.

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Homemade Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

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Anytime I have eaten Chicken Fried Steak it has always been in a restaurant, so to change things up a little bit at home, I decided to put this Chicken Fried Steak Recipe on the menu for supper. This is a very simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. The gravy in this recipe is very mildly seasoned so you may want to season it to taste, or maybe even add some red pepper flakes to turn up the heat a little bit. If you like Chicken Fried Steak give this one a try; it’s really good. Enjoy

Homemade Chicken Fried Steak Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 beef cube steaks (about ¼ inch thick)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together the buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, egg, hot sauce, ¾ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Place the 2 cups of flour in a shallow dish. (A pie baking dish seems to work fine for this)
  3. Roll the steak in the flour, then the batter, and then in the flour mixture again pressing firmly to coat – set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet to 325F. Cook the steaks on both sides until golden brown, or to desired doneness. About 5 minutes on each side. For well done an instant read thermometer should read 155F. Remove the steaks to a serving platter covered with paper toweling to drain any excess oil.
  5. When the steaks are done reserve ¼ cup of the oil and discard the rest. Using the same skillet with the reserved oil whisk in a ¼ cup of flour until smooth, stir in the regular milk, salt and pepper to taste and cook over medium heat until thickened.

 

12 Great Slow Cooker Recipes for Sunday Dinner

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 I can remember the day when big Sunday dinners were the normal thing, but as the yeas have gone by I think it has scaled down quite a bit, but it is still a great time to get together with the family. I love using my slow cooker on Sunday because it frees up time to spend with the family, and gives me the time do some things I enjoy doing.

Next Sunday free up some time by putting a slow cooker recipe on the menu, and enjoy the day knowing that Dinner will be ready, when you’re ready for it.

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One Dish Slow Cooker Turkey Legs Supper Recipe

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Slow Cooker Turkey Legs Recipe

I had a busy day planed and had to figure up a way to free up some time. My favorite way to do this is to use the slow cooker. By the dime dinner time comes a round there is a hot meal ready to go on the table. This Slow Cooker Turkey Legs Recipe, is a simple recipe, and doesn’t require a lot of prep time and because it’s a one dish meal when it’s done it is ready for the table. The cooking time is listed for 7-8 hours, but if you don’t have that time frame to work with cook the recipe on high and it should take about half the time.

The next time you need to free up some time, or are just in the mood to use your slow cooker, give this one dish Slow Cooker Turkey Legs Recipe a try. Enjoy

One Dish Slow Cooker Turkey Legs Supper Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 turkey legs
  • 3 medium red potatoes (quartered or cut into chunks)
  • ½ pound baby carrots (whole)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup (undiluted)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Layer the onions, potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the water, tomato soup, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning; pour the mixture over the vegetables and then arrange the turkey legs on top.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until vegetables are tender and turkey is done.

Start From Scratch Pigs In a Blanket Recipe

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Start From Scratch Pigs In a Blanket Recipe

The temperatures were plunging here in Upper Michigan headed for way below zero so I didn’t really want to leave the house. The cupboards were getting kind of bare and I was trying to figure out what to cook. I had some all-beef hot dogs on hand, but no Bisquick, or refrigerated crescent, and to be honest not even any bread left to use in place of a hot dog bun. However I did have some yeast and all-purpose flour on hand so I decided to put Pigs In a Blanket on the menu for supper. Making pigs in a blanket from scratch is pretty easy; it just takes a little bit of time to allow the dough to rise. I had some slices of American cheese left over from another recipe so I diced to us them in the recipe. The next time you in the mood for Pigs In a Blanket try making them from scratch – there pretty good. Enjoy

Start From Scratch Pigs In a Blanket Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: Makes 8
Ingredients
  • 8 all beef hot dogs
  • 8 slices American cheese (optional)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (softened)
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water (105 – 115F)
Instructions
  1. Add 1/ 4 cup water to a large bowl, add yeast and mix until dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining water, sugar, and butter, salt and mix in 1½ cups flour; mix until well blended. Mix in the remaining flour to create soft dough. Add extra if needed. Place the dough on a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. (About 5 minutes)
  3. Place the dough in a large greased bowl flipping it over to grease the top. Place the bowl in a warm place, cover with a towel, and let rise until the size doubles. (About 1 hour depending on temperature)
  4. Remove the dough to a floured surface to roll out the dough. Press the dough a little bit and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece to the size of the hot dogs you want to roll them in. place a piece of cheese on the dough, and then the hot dog. Place each one on a baking sheet, seam side down, lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve Hot.

 

Rutabaga with Cheese Sauce Recipe

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Rutabaga with Cheese Sauce Recipe

If you like Rutabaga this Rutabaga with Cheese Sauce Recipe makes a great side dish. This recipe is mildly seasoned and requires only a few ingredients.  It does take a little time to cook because of the hardness of the vegetable. This recipe calls for Monterey Jack Cheese but I think cheddar cheese would also work out very well.

The next time you want to fancy up your vegetable dish give this Rutabaga with Cheese Sauce Recipe a try; it’s really good.

 

 

Rutabaga with Cheese Sauce Recipe
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 rutabaga (about 1 pound- cut like French fries about 1/ 2 inch thick)
  • 1 medium sweet onion (sliced)
  • 2 stalks of celery (thinly sliced)
  • 1/ 2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/ 8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cup water (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Paprika for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare vegetables according to ingredients list.
  2. Place the vegetables in a medium size sauce pan. Add the salt and pepper and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to simmer, and cook covered until vegetables are tender. (about 20 minutes) Drain the vegetables reserving the liquid.
  3. in a small glass mix 1/ 4 cup water with the cornstarch until smooth. Using a small sauce pan bring the reserved vegetable sauce to a boil, add the cornstarch mixture; cook and stir until thickened and then mix in the cheese until melted.
  4. Serve sauce over veggies garnished with paprika.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

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slow cooker turkey chili recipe

It has been so cold around the country I thought it would be a good time to post this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take long to put together, you can put it in the slow cooker, and pretty much forget about until super time. The hot chili beans and cayenne pepper add quite a bit of heat to the recipe, so when adding the cayenne pepper, add it to taste. I don’t like dishes with a lot of heat but I am told that this recipe is seasoned perfectly.

So if you want to turn up the heat a little bit on a cold night give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe a try. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1¼ pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 stalks of celery (thinly sliced)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 jar meatless spaghetti sauce (24 ounces)
  • 1 can hot chili beans (undrained)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Sour cream and shredded cheddar for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, or skillet lightly sprayed with cooking spray, cook the ground turkey, onion and green pepper until turkey is no longer pink inside. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in the slow cooker except for the Sour cream and shredded cheddar.
  3. Cook on low heat for 6 – 7 hours or until the onion and green pepper are tender. Serve garnished with Sour cream and shredded cheddar

Homemade Guacamole Recipe

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The Super Bowl is only 7 days away and most of us are not only looking to watch a great game, but are also looking forward to enjoying some great game day party food. It’s real easy to put together your own Guacamole with this simple Homemade Guacamole Recipe. Prepare the Guacamole a little ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend.

Add this Homemade Guacamole Recipe to you Super Bowl recipe collection; its very good. Enjoy. Adapted from blogchef.net.

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 3 avocados (halved, peeled and pit removed)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • ½ medium onion (finely diced)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the avocados, onion, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro according to the ingredients list.
  2. Juice the lime into a large bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocados in the bowl along with the lime juice. Season the mixture with the salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Mix in the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and cilantro.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

home made Guacamole

Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe

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coffee cake muffins recipe

Wow; what a way to start the morning, warm Coffee Cake Muffins with butter melted on top and fresh coffee. The fact is I wouldn’t even have considered this recipe if my wife hadn’t come home with a little coffee cake bakery treat from the local market. So out came the baking recipe books.

Baking has a tendency to make me a little nervous because it seems like about half of what I bake turns out not looking good enough to post, however most of the time the recipes do taste good. I was happy with this one and decided it was good enough to share. So if you like coffee cake, give this Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe a try; it’s really good. Inspired by Baking Illustrated.

Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: makes 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pecans (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons sliced into ½ inch pieces and softened)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Finely chop the nuts or run them though s food processor to about the size you would use to sprinkle on ice cream. In a medium size bowl mix together the nuts, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Distribute the butter slices evenly over the top of the flour mixture and work it in with a fork until the butter is about the size of rolled oats. (You can use a food processor for this step – I use my fingers and it works great) remove 1/ 2 cup of the flour mixture and work it into the brown sugar mixture using a fork to create the streusel. Remove ¾ cup of the streusel and set aside.
  4. in a small bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix the baking soda and baking powder into the flour mixture and then mix in the sour cream mixture just until moistened. (Batter will look crumbly) and then fold in the ¾ cup of the streusel.
  5. Using a large spoon divide the batter between 12 regular muffin cups lightly sprayed with cooking spray, or 6 jumbo muffin cups; divide and sprinkle the remaining streusel over the top pressing lightly to incorporate the streusel into the muffins. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out with just a couple of crumbs attached to it. (For jumbos baking time will almost double)
  6. After a couple of minutes remove the muffing to a cooling rack and serve warm.
  7. Tip: These reheat really nice in the microwave topped with butter.

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Game day Beer Brats Recipe

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gameday beer brats

When I saw this Game day Beer Brats Recipe in Cooks Country Magazine my first though was, this is just another beer brat recipe, but most of their recipes are pretty good so I thought I would give it a try. I made a few minor changes in the ingredients and tried to get a little selective in the type of beer I used; the end result was tender and delicious. If you’re looking for a great game day recipe give this one a try.

Adapted from Cooks Country Magazine.

Game day Beer Brats Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: makes 5-6
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1½ pounds of bratwurst (I used a package of 5 links)
  • 1 medium onion (halved and sliced lengthwise)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1½ cups beer (I used Honey Brown Original Lager which is brewed with honey)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ¼ cup Stone Ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet on medium high heat brown the brats on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the other 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skilled and cook the onions on medium heat until soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic and caraway seeds and cook until fragrant, and then add the beer, and mix in the mustard, vinegar and honey. Add the brats back into the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes or until brats are done.
  3. Remove the brats to a serving platter and then bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Boil until onion mixture is thickened – stirring frequently.
  4. Serve on brat buns or hoagie rolls topped with the onion mixture.