Crockpot Lasagna

Happy Monday 😁

It’s time for the Meal Planning Monday Recipe! Crockpot Lasagna- I serve with a salad and garlic bread. It is a family favorite and sooooo easy!

I always use crockpot liners when I use my crockpot and it makes clean up a breeze!

Here is the recipe:

Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef

1 large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (approx. 30oz)

8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

15 oz ricotta cheese

Directions

1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray

2. Brown the ground beef

3. Stir the spaghetti sauce in with the ground beef

4. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot

5. Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better)

6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.

7. Repeat these layers twice

8. Top with remaining sauce

9. Cover and cook on low for 4hrs

10. Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes

Shredded Beef Roast and Noodles

Meal Planning Monday Recipe

Shredded Beef Roast and Noodles

3-4 lb Beef Roast

1 can(15oz) beef broth

1 package brown gravy mix

2 cups egg noodles

Place roast in crock pot and season the top with brown gravy mix.

Add can of beef broth.

Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours

Prepare egg noodles according to package directions.

Pull roast out of crock pot and shred the meat.

Serve the shredded chuck roast over the egg noodles or mix roast in with noodles.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Corn and Rice Casserole

Here is your weekly Meal Planning Monday recipe 🙂

Enjoy!

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Corn and Rice Casserole

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 onion, chopped

8 ounce box of rice (prepared)

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot.

Cover with cream of chicken soup and chopped onion. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.

A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn and cheese.

Stir to combine, cover to melt cheese (about 5 minuets) and serve hot.

CrockPot Chicken Parmesan

It is Meal Planning Monday!

Here is a new recipe for your menu rotation.

It is one of our favorites!

CrockPot Chicken Parmesan

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1/2 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/4 t black pepper

1/4 t salt

1 TBSP olive oil

1 egg, beaten

sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese

favorite jarred marinara sauce

Spread the 1 TBSP of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot.

Beat the egg with a fork in a separate bowl.

Mix the bread crumbs with the seasonings and the Parmesan cheese in another separate dish.

Dip the chicken into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides with crumbs, cheese and seasonings.

Place the chicken breast pieces in the bottom of the crockpot.

Layer 2-3 slices or 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top, depending on how much cheese you like.

Cover chicken and cheese with entire jar of marinara sauce.

Close lid and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3.

Serve with your favorite pasta.

Meal Planning Monday Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 stick of butter

2 15 oz cans chicken broth

24 oz. frozen egg noodles (I use Reames)

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (optional)

Cook chicken, soup, butter, and broth in crock-pot on low for 6-7 hours or high for around 4.

Take chicken out and shred.

Put chicken back in; add noodles (and frozen vegetables if using) and cook on low for 1 hour. Stir a few times while cooking.

I served this over mashed potatoes or biscuits or both 🙂

Good Morning! It’s Monday!

Well Monday is here again.

The beginning of a brand new week.

And this week is going to be a great one!

Why do you ask?

Because I plan it that way.

I always start the week by planning how I would like it to go. So of course I’m planning on a great week. It doesn’t always turn out that way, but I give it my best shot.

Planning is a big part of making things run smoothly through the week. Not perfect but smoothly. Because you know something is gonna come out of nowhere and put a wrench in your plans, but if you have most everything else planned it is easier to adapt.

I try to motivate myself to sit down and make a game plan for the week by reminding myself that-

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

(Thank you Ben Franklin)

So I do my best to at least have somewhat of a plan for the upcoming week by Sunday evening.

One of the most important parts of that plan is my weekly menu. It is definitely not anything fancy but just simply what is for dinner during the week. This helps me to make my grocery list for the week to use on Monday morning when I go to the store after dropping the kids off at school.

Planning my menu has really helped my weeknight evenings be much more productive and less stressful. During the school year, evenings are very busy with music lessons and sports practices so when we finally make it home after all of that running I don’t have to figure out dinner and hope I have the ingredients I need.

I have quite a few recipes that I rotate in my menu planning. A lot of them are for a crockpot (a busy mom’s best friend). Some of them I have memorized because I use them so often, others I do not. I try new recipes out occasionally and sometimes they get put in the rotation.

So I thought that I would share some of them with you. Hopefully you will like them and maybe they will make it into your meal planning rotation. I will (try) to post a new one every Monday.

We will call it-

Meal Planner Monday

🙂

Here is my disclaimer-

I am a down home comfort food cookin gal.

These recipes will not be found on the Weight Watchers Point menu. They will not be vegetarian. They will not be super fancy.

But they will be nutritious. They will be fairly easy. They will be economical. And they will be delicious!

I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great week!

Carrots and Chocolate Cake

Did that title say carrots and chocolate cake?

Yes, it did.

Actually I could have titled it a few different things.

Like- Salad and Ice Cream,Kale Chips and Fudge Brownies, Salmon and Bacon.

All are things I should be eating and what I really eat instead.

Meal planning is very important. Remember that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. These are all things I try to tell myself as I sit here and stare at the blank grocery list before me.

I try.

I really do.

I make a sort of menu for the week before I go grocery shopping. I take my time, plan it out and make good choices. I think about what we have going on during the next week so I know what days the kids need lunches for school. I take into account what evenings we have activities which will determine if it needs to be a quick meal or possibly left overs and also what I can fix that everyone will eat. A lot of thought and planning goes into feeding your family healthy meals.

So I make my list and head to the store. I get all of the fruits and vegetables listed. I get all of the lean meat and whole grains to follow the menu for the week. I stick to the plan and head to the registers.

Hey what is that on sale over there?

Oreos?

That’s a good deal. I’ll get some for the kids as a treat when they get home from school.

Oh no, I forgot the frozen corn. Guess I have to head over to the freezer section.

Ice cream is BOGO this week?

Guess I should get 2.

And so it begins. The implosion of my healthy menu.

I have good intentions. And as long as everything is in moderation it will be fine.

Until everyone else has gone to bed and I remember the Oreos I bought and eat half a package by myself.

Until the kids “don’t feel” like eating what I made for dinner and they want something else and I’m too tired to argue so I just tell them that they can find something else to eat because I already made a meal. Then they walk out of the kitchen with a bowl of ice cream.

I had good intentions.

Really I did.