I really like using my crockpot during the summer. You can get a healthy, hearty meal, without having to deal with the kitchen getting hot. The first meal I made was crockpot lasagne. Hubby liked it so much the first time I made it that he requested that I make it again! (Please accept my crappy photography...I tend to forget to take the in progress/finished photos or before we actually cut into the food.)
Here's the recipe (I made some changes and improvements.):
1lb. ground beef
29 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz. package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
*I substituted ricotta cheese for the ricotta cheese
*I added a half a can of diced tomatoes (drain the liquid)
*I used four chopped up fresh basil leaves from my garden
*I added one chopped garlic clove and 1/4 of an onion to the meat while I was browning it
*I used "oven ready" lasagne noodles...if you use the regular kind, the noodles will be more 'al dente' when it's done cooking
-Spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray
-Brown the ground beef
-Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef
-Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crockpot
-Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (break them to fit better)
-Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
-Repeat these layers twice.
-Top with remaining sauce and some mozzarella cheese.
-Cover and cook on warm for 6 hours and 45 minutes on high