Easy and Healthy Crockpot Lasagna

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with those you love most! We were busy with an alumni basketball tournament, a 100th birthday party, and of course an Easter Egg hunt. I am not sure what it is, but I LOVE a good Easter egg hunt. My parents never took us to one as kids (we had our own on Easter morning) but after this years city event I am starting to understand a little better as to why…

The egg hunt is divided by age groups which is good because even as it is the chaos that ensues among the smaller groups is quite overwhelming. Kids jockying for the best bundle of eggs and parents even getting in on the action.  Once the egg hunt is over you are to empty your egg contents, return the shells, and turn in your “tickets” to see if you won a cool prize from the prize counter. It was around this time that I got a call from my sister in law, Emmy. “WE LOST MADI” she screamed through the phone, and immediately I could feel that despair that a Mother feels in such a time of desperation. The park was packed with kids. I asked her what she was wearing and when she had seen her last. “She is wearing a pink shirt and a green skirt.” I scanned the crowd and saw just about every variation of pink and green you could imagine. So we searched. Meagan and I with two kids on my arm and three kids with her. Meanwhile, DJ was being watched by some friendly stramgers who offered to help with the other kids while they search for Madi and who were unaware that DJ has a peanut allergy. DJ eats something with peanuts in it and immediately begins throwing up, 911 is called. Madi is still lost. Paramedics come, attend to DJ and amidst the chaos Madi shows up being escorted by another friendly stranger.

While searching for Madi, Meagan loses Mason. For reals. I get another panicked phone call from Meagan and somehow he is found sitting alone, crying in the parking lot. When all was said and done everyone was found and they were fine…but I now understand a little more clearly why my parents didn’t take me to events like this.

Here is my brother Dave and his beautiful family. Oh, and they have twins coming on the way. Twin boys! They will have 5 children 5 years old and younger. After years of infertility and a profound blessing from Elder James E. Faust things have changed in their family dynamic rather quickly and we are so excited to meet the two little baby boys!

 

Now on to my recipe: This is a tried and true recipe that I have been using for years and one of my husband’s absolute favorites:

 

EASY CROCKPOT LASAGNA:

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef/turkey (we prefer turkey)

1 medium onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced or 1 tsp of prepared garlic

29 oz. can tomato sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 C water (this can be optional depending on the consistency and how long you cook it)

1 tsp oregano

8 oz package of lasagna noodles uncooked

4 cups (16 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

1- 1/2 cups (12 oz) small curd cottage cheese (I use fat free)

1/2 C grated parmesan cheese

1. Cook meat, onion, and garlic together in saucepan until browned. Drain.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, salt, and oregano. Mix well.

3. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Spread one fourth of meat sauce. Arrange one third of noodles over sauce.

4. Combine the cheeses spoon one third of mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce.

5. Cover. Cook on low 4-5 hours.

**Note: if you do not have all of the ingredients you need to make the marinara sauce you can simply replace step two with pouring in your favorite marinara sauce. It would probably take an entire jar.

** This recipe can a lot of times taste better the next day. It may be best to turn off the heat and let the juices settle 15-20 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

 

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