Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lazy Lasagna

Way back in 2008 I was rooming with my dear friend Erika. She introduced me to baked ziti and I fell in love. Since then I have been making my own versions of it (okay they are not that much different, just with penne instead of ziti usually). Here is the recipe for it. I am going to call if lazy lasagna, because that is the first thing that popped into my head.

1 lb ground beef
spaghetti sauce (1 jar or some homemade, whichever you prefer)
1 box noodles (penne, ziti, etc)
1 16 oz container cottage cheese
1 handful shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the ground beef. Then add the spaghetti sauce.
While the beef is cooking you will be cooking the noodles
 After the noodles are done add them to the sauce, mix well, then add the cottage cheese. Blend all 3 ingredients together.
Poor that into a casserole dish, top with cheese and cover.
Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes. Uncover for the last 5 - 10 minutes.

Enjoy! I like to serve mine with corn and break sticks.

Slow Cooker Chicken Bean Burritos

I thought for the first post I would start out with something easy. I came up with this while my husband was deployed. It became a favorite of mine very quickly and we still make it often in our home.

Slow Cooker Chicken Bean Burritos1-2 chicken breasts (frozen or not, doesn't really matter)
1 packet fajitas, taco or chicken taco seasoning
1-2 Tbsp water
1 can black beans, drained
tortilla shells
sour cream

In a measuring cup, mix together the seasoning with the water. It should still be thick, but enough to cover all of the chicken. Place chicken in crock pot, cover the top of the chicken with seasoning water mix. Next flip the chicken over and cover the other side with the seasoning as well. Put the lid on the crock put and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, but still fairly moist, take the chicken out of the crock pot and shred it. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker along with the can of beans. Mix the two together, place the lid back on and cook for an additional 30 mins.
Serve on tortillas with cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

My version:
 My daughter's version:
 My husband's version: