Lasagna

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It’s not the prettiest lasagna, but man was it good!

In the past year, I’ve taken up the hobby of running. I love running 5ks and, of course, you HAVE to eat pasta before a race. (It’s a must! 😉 ) I found this recipe and it was so easy to put together.

Here’s what you need:
10 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
2-28 oz. jars spaghetti sauce (This seemed like a lot of sauce, I will probably cut it back next time.)
⅓ cup water
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
15 oz. ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Here’s what you do:

1.GREASE THE CROCKPOT. Break noodles.
2.Place half in bottom of greased slow cooker.
3.Brown ground beef in sauce pan, drain, stir in Italian seasoning.
4.Spread half over noodles in slow cooker.
5.Layer half of sauce and water, half of mushrooms, half of ricotta cheese, and half of mozzarella cheese over beef.
6.Repeat layers with remaining half of ingredients.
7.Cover, cook on low 3-5 hours, just until the noodles are done.

 

This will definitely be going in our rotation!

Happy eating!

 

Adapted slightly from here!

What’s on the menu?

How did y’all do on your menu and shopping list last week? I would love to hear what your budget is and how well you stuck to it.

I’m trying some new recipes this week, so here is what we are eating…

Breakfast

  • Cheesy Eggs x3
  • Oatmeal Pancakes (regular pancakes, but add 1/2 cup of oats to the batter!)
  • Donuts (no…they are not homemade, but I needed a quick breakfast for in the car.)
  • Lemon Muffins (we are going lemon picking at a friends house!)
  • Granola Bars & Breakfast casserole

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

  • Apples and Peanut Butter
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Goldfish

Freezer

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Pesto Chicken Alfredo
  • Lemon Muffins

Crockpot

  • Yogurt & Yogurt cheese

Breadmaker

  • Honey Wheat Bread

Grocery List

  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Pancake mix
  • Powdered sugar donuts
  • Cheese block
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Honey
  • Lemon muffin mix (unless you plan t make them from scratch, which will save you money. I am still looking for a good recipe to use with my fresh picked lemons.)
  • Chicken breasts (approx 9lbs worth)
  • Green beans
  • Fruit of choice
  • Lunch Meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Ranch pkts (McCormick has them without MSG!)
  • Crescent Rolls (or make your own)
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Penne Pasta
  • Italian Cheese Blend
  • Baby Spinach
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes
  •  Alfredo Sauce
  • Milk
  • Basil Pesto
  • Parmesean Cheese
  • Brown Rice
  • Frozen Corn
  • 15oz Black Beans
  • 16oz sour cream
  • 8oz can green chiles
  • Cilantro
  • Pork Roast (3-4lbs)
  • Cranberry sauce (not jellied)
  • Onion soup mix
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Onion
  • Tortillas
  • Chicken Broth

This Shopping list is approx $119 (sorry I went over budget!), but you should already have most of the staples in your pantry. I had a lot of this already and my total finished spending was $94.32 (I added a lot of veggies to my list.)

I underlined the things that I make from scratch. Hopefully in the coming week, you will try to make some of them yourself!

Happy Shopping!

What’s on the menu?

I’m sorry I’m late posting the Menu, yesterday was a late day. Here is what we are eating this week!

Breakfast

  • Banana Muffins x 2
  • French Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Cheese Eggs and Granola bars x 3

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

  • Goldfish
  • Popcorn

Freezer

  • Chicken & Dumplings

Crockpot

  • Chicken Stock (if you roasted the chicken last week in the crock pot, you will be able to make your own stock!)

Breadmaker

  • Honey Wheat Bread

Extra

  • Soup Bases – Cream of Mushroom

Grocery List

  • Bread
  • Tortillas
  • Bisquick/pancake mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Spaghetti sauce or 1 onion, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 12oz tomato paste, 15oz tomato sauce, garlic, bay leaf, basil, brown sugar, thyme and salt
  • Sweet an Sour sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Coconut Oil or other shortening
  • Brown Rice
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Frozen orange juice
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese – 1lb block
  • Lunch meat
  • 2lb ground turkey
  • Homestyle Meatballs
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers – Red

Total for this list should be approx. $86 depending on where you shop and what is on sale. 🙂  And that’s if you have to buy everything! I had a lot of this already in my pantry so my bill was closer to $65. I hope I didn’t miss anything!

Super Bowl List  (optional)

  • Nacho Chips
  • Velveeta
  • Rotel tomatoes
  • Lil’ smokies
  • Bbq Sauce

Super bowl List Totals : $20

Discaimer…I already had the bbq sauce in the pantry from when I picked it up on sale for $0.47 a bottle. I also got the rotel free with the purchase of the cheese.

This week I shopped HEB, with the exception of the Chicken, it’s cheaper at Walmart! 🙂

Happy Shopping!

What’s on the menu?

It’s time to eat up all the left over meals that are about to expire from the freezer. So what does that mean for me?? EASY COOKING WEEK!!! Yay!

Breakfast

  • Banana Muffins x 2
  • Yogurt & Fruit
  • Pancakes x 2
  • Cheese Eggs x 2

Lunch

  • Corndog bites
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Mac & Cheese & Green Beans
  • Snacky Lunch
  • PB&J on a rice cake x 2
  • Chicken Nuggets (homemade)

Dinner

  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  • Broccoli & Cheese Soup
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Chicken, Broccoli & Rice
  • Back Strap & Sweet Potatoes
  • Nachos
  • Breakfast

Snacks

  • Yogurt
  • Fruit with dip

Breadmaker

  • Honey Wheat Bread

Extra

  • Butter

What’s on the menu?

I am so glad to finally be able to provide a menu! With the craziness of Holidays and eating here and there, I never really had much of a menu to post. I was very excited to actually HAVE to make up a menu! This week there is a LOT of Mexican food. (My favorite!)

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Grilled Cheese with grapes
  • “Lunchables”
  • Mac & Cheese & Green Beans
  • Salad
  • Chicken Roll ups
  • Leftovers
  • Lunch out

Dinner

Snacks

Freezer

  • Mexican Chicken

Crockpot

  • Shredded Chicken

Breadmaker

Extra

  • Butter

Crock pot Brown Rice

When it comes to making rice on the stove, I am TERRIBLE at it! I either burn it or it is underdone. And minute rice is a no-no in my house! I love to cook and I like to say I am pretty good at it, but this “bad rice” was going to push me over the edge! I know  a rice cooker would have solved all my problems, but if I asked Rooster Brown to buy me yet ANOTHER appliance it would be bad! I knew there had to be an easier way. What’s easier that a crockpot right? And the fact that I now own several I had to make it work! I began to scour through my cook books and found just what I was looking for! Crock Pot Brown Rice! Genius!!! Here’s how it works:

Spray crockpot with a little olive oil or cooking spray.

Pour in 2 cups of rice

Add in 4 cups of water (or 5 cups if you like stickier rice)

Add Salt and butter to taste

Replace the lid and set crockpot to High for 3 hours.

DO NOT REMOVE THE LID UNTIL IT’S FINISHED COOKING!!!

You will have the BEST brown rice ever!!! Serve it up with your favorite dish! Or try one of our favorites Sweet & Sour Meat Balls or Beef Tips & Gravy!

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Enjoy!!