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« Reply #60 on: July 05, 2014 02:55:45 PM »

I FINALLY MADE A CROCK-POT RECIPIE THAT WORKED (i.e.-tasted good  Grin)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Unfortunately, on the page with the recipe that I printed out, it doesn't give the site I got it from.  Huh)

But here goes:


CROCK POT LASAGNA:

INGREDIENTS:
1lb. ground beef
1 jar tomato sauce
8 oz. package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 oz. container of ricotta cheese

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray
2.  Brown the ground beef
3.  Stir the tomato 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 (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 4 hours
10.  Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least ten minutes.

*VARIATIONS:*
(I modified the recipe with the following:)
-1 teaspoon of fresh (not powder) garlic
-Italian spices:  basil, oregano
-black pepper
-1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
-Adobo spice
-Next time I will add fresh onion (I didn't have any in the house.)

*I will also try using "oven ready" lasagna noodles next time, as the noodles were kind of "al dente" this time.*

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« Reply #61 on: July 05, 2014 03:23:39 PM »

Sounds yummy, LAB!  I'm glad it was a success and that you'll be cooking it again!  Cheesy
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    « Reply #62 on: July 05, 2014 05:21:54 PM »

    So am I!  I have a GEORGOUS recipe binder that phnxreign99 made for me awhile ago and I save every recipe I make that turns out well in it.  Needless to say, there's only like six recipes in it so far so it's nice to have another one to add to the "collection".  Wink
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    « Reply #63 on: July 06, 2014 07:04:26 AM »

    Yum! I need to make this!
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    « Reply #64 on: July 07, 2014 04:56:05 PM »


    Your friendly neighborhood crock pot convert is here again with yet ANOTHER good crock pot recipe to share!   Grin Roll Eyes  In my house, we rate the meals I cook on a scale of 1-10 (1 being terrible, 10 being awesome), since I'm still learning and want to know how I did.  This meal earned a solid 7 1/2 all around.  I think it would've tasted better if I understood how to add spices, etc... to improve it.  Also, DH thought the sauce tasted like BBQ sauce (it had many of the same ingredients, I can see why he said that).  Anyhow, here goes:

    SLOW COOKER SESAME CHICKEN

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breasts
    1/2 cup honey
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    2 tablespoons dried onion (I chopped up half of a small onion.)
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon oil
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (I used fresh garlic from the jar.)
    2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water
    sesame seeds

    Directions:
    1)  Put chicken into the crock pot.
    2)  Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic.  Pour over the chicken.
    3)  Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours, or just until the chicken is cooked through.
    4)  Remove the chicken from the crock pot, leave sauce.
    5)  Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in three tablespoons of water and pour into the crock pot.  Stir to combine with sauce.  Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten minutes or until slightly thickened.
    6)  Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to the crock pot.  You can leave the chicken in it and simmer on low or you can serve.
    7)  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

    Enjoy!
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    « Reply #65 on: July 07, 2014 07:18:34 PM »

    Your friendly neighborhood crock pot convert is here again with yet ANOTHER good crock pot recipe to share!   Grin Roll Eyes  In my house, we rate the meals I cook on a scale of 1-10 (1 being terrible, 10 being awesome), since I'm still learning and want to know how I did.  This meal earned a solid 7 1/2 all around.  I think it would've tasted better if I understood how to add spices, etc... to improve it.  Also, DH thought the sauce tasted like BBQ sauce (it had many of the same ingredients, I can see why he said that). 

    The very first slow cooker dish I made was sesame chicken, the recipe sounds almost identical (it may very well be the same one!  Cheesy)  I said the exact same thing, the sauce tasted just like BBQ sauce to me.
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      « Reply #66 on: July 08, 2014 10:25:37 AM »

      I really want to make a dessert of some sort in my crock pot... anyone tried one that worked well?
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      « Reply #67 on: July 10, 2014 03:04:48 PM »

      Ok, disregard the sesame chicken recipe that I posted, b/c I found a BBQ chicken recipe on Food.com (awesome site for crockpot recipes, BTW) that will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!


      This was soooo good that I could only get a photo of it in the crock pot b/c the house smelled so amazing that we couldn't wait to eat it!  Here goes:

      EASY AND TASTY BARBECUE CHICKEN SANDWICHES IN THE CROCK POT
      Ingredients:
      1-2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breast
      1 18 ounce jar of BBQ sauce (All the reviews for this recipe on the site recommended 'Sweet Baby Ray's' BBQ sauce, that is what I used, and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
      1 medium onion, sliced
      4-6 hamburger buns

      Directions:
      1.  Put the chicken in the crock pot
      2.  Place the onion slices on top of the chicken
      3.  Pour the BBQ sauce on top to cover the chicken
      4.  Cook on high for four hours
      5.  Shred the chicken
      6.  Put it on the buns and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      « Reply #68 on: July 10, 2014 03:10:44 PM »

      Yes, the sesame chicken was just mediocre compared to this chicken recipe.  Let me know how you like it!
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      « Reply #69 on: July 10, 2014 06:53:41 PM »

      We also had a super successful recipe today!  DH and I both agreed that it was our favorite slow cooker dish to date.  And it is quite easy to boot.

      http://www.bakeatmidnite.com/2013/12/slow-cooker-maple-glazed-short-ribs.html

      Basically, get some beef ribs, pat the rub on them, put them in the crockpot and cook on high for 4 -5 hours.  I was nervous about them going into the pot dry, but all that brown sugar seems to melt with the fat drippings from the meat and serve as a cooking liquid.  At the end, you're supposed to coat them with maple syrup and pop them under the broiler for 3 minutes, but they were already so sweet and yummy that DH decided we didn't even need to wait for that step!  Wink

      The rub is 1/2 Cup of brown sugar plus 3 Tbsp of "Taste of Inspirations Maple & Sage Rub", which is a specialty product not available in my grocery store.  The link gives an ingredient list for making an alternative rub; we didn't have all those ingredients on hand, so anything that I was missing, I just substituted with a garlic spice rub we put on barbecue.

      Note: The grocery store was out of short ribs, so I used... some skinny thin cut instead.  I'm sure it's equally delicious with normal sized ribs, though.
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