Recipe: Slow Cooker Lasagna

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I was wrong.  And I admit it.  For years I ignored all the recipes I found for slow cooking a lasagna.  You had to boil the noodles for it to be good, right?  You had to have straight layers so each bite had the perfectly cooked noodle and the right mix of cheese and sauce, right?  There was no way the slow cooker would make a good lasagna.  But I was wrong.

Who cares about the perfect looking layers?  This is not a Top Chef contest.  I need dinner on the table after a long day at work and possibly some leftovers for those nights when kid activities run late.  This was so easy that my daughter could have made this dinner.

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Ingredients:

  • Lasagna Noodles, uncooked
  • Your favorite sauce homemade or jarred (about 1.5 – 2 jars)
  • Cooked Veggies or cooked ground meat(beef, sausage, turkey) or both to layer or mix with sauce
  • Ricotta cheese, part skim mixed with garlic powder, oregano, basil and other dried spices of your choice
  • Shredded mozzarella (1-2 bags)

How to Make it:

  • Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with sauce.
  • Create your first layer with lasagna noodles and break apart pieces to cover the open spots.
  • Cover the uncooked noodles with the ricotta mixture, veggies(optional) and then a layer of mozzarella
  • Cover the entire cheese layer with sauce.
  • Repeat noodles, cheese, veggies and sauce.
  • Add one last layer of noodles, then cover entirely with sauce and then a layer of shredded mozzarella.
  • Cook for 2.5-3 hours on HIGH or 4-5 hours on LOW, then let it sit for 30-60 minutes to set on warm setting.
  • Serve with a salad and garlic bread.

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The Easiest Hour is Lunch!

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The moms say it takes a village and they are right.  School was about to start and a group of us were talking about the challenge facing us all – school lunch.  I wanted my daughter to make her lunch the night before but all I heard was “Mom, what should I make, Mom, we don’t have any xxx(fill in the blank here), Mom, I’ll do it in the morning before school(we all know that won’t happen!).  So my friend Anne started a facebook group where all the moms could post their suggestions – healthy ideas, snack ideas, breakfast, lunch, easy dinners.  And then I read a post that smacked me in the face.  Make a menu.  Like they do at the public schools.  That was TOO EASY.

OK, so who hates it when you have to pack your lunch every night?  And you don’t know what to pack.  Well, me and my mom made a menu of all the things I like and we posted it on the fridge.  It tells me what to pack like a chicken caesar salad with chips and fruit and it’s so easy that you should go to your mom and ask her to make you one too.

 

We are now in week 4.  This super easy plan is a complete GAME CHANGER.  Create a word document, add pictures, dates to cross off and DONE.  If I am traveling for work, life becomes even easier for my husband since there are no questions.

Nicole, you have changed the way we function so THANK YOU!  The bonus – Nicole shared a photo of her pantry in our Facebook group.  Super organized with clear stackable containers.  So, of course, I had to do a quick Amazon search and buy them too.  Now everyone can grab a KIND bar, a bag of dried apricots or Pirate’s Booty and get lunch ready super fast!

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Korean Beef

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The dinner rotation needed work.  And I love my slow cooker even though I usually wait till the fall to pull it out.  But I was working from home and needed a quick recipe that I could prep during my lunch hour and have dinner ready for the family.  Huge thank you to Alyssa, The Recipe Critic for this awesome recipe on her blog – this slow cooker Korean beef is awesome!!

And the best part, it’s super easy!  Flank steak and a bunch of ingredients that were already in my pantry and frig….serve it with those 90 second jasmine rice bags and add some steamed veggies.  Dinner is DONE!

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Comfort on 4″

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If you need fashion advice, stop reading now. I am not the fashionable girl you follow on IG.  My everyday outfit is a work-friendly top paired with black pants or a pair of jeans. I try my best but comfort is more of a priority.

Which leads me to a rare “fashion” share.

I HATE wearing uncomfortable shoes.  I speed walk from back to back meetings around cities for work, run through airports when late for a flight and try to work while standing at one of those Varidesks each day.  I needed to find a great summer wedge and checked the blogs of those I follow that have much more fashion sense than me (Thank you Pinteresting Plans!) What did I find?  The Marc Fisher Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge in taupe.  I have had months to wear them and decided I must share to tell you to try them.  Maybe Nordstorm will put them on sale with fall around the corner.  And the most important thing- they are super comfortable!  After just a few times of wearing them to work and running errands in Dallas, they earned a front and center spot in my closet!

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