Crockpot Lasagna & Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

  Some nights you just need ITALIAN food, the good stuff, not just Spaghetti!!!!  Lasagna is a lot of work, especially our family favorite: Cream Cheese Swiss Spinach Lasagna!  It’s ABSOLUTELY amazing!  (The picture is SO ugly.)  I need to make it again sometime, so I can re-photograph it….that recipe photo is from WAY back before I learned to take my food OUTSIDE!  :)

  I didn’t have time to make our family favorite, we were going to be on the run until right before supper!  This Crock pot version is fast and uses simple ingredients!  And, it tastes like you worked WAAAY harder than you did!!

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Hamburger, Seasoned With Your Favorite Italian Spices
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt And Pepper
  • 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 box (9 Oz) No-boil Lasagna Noodles
  • 8 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • 28 ounces, fluid Of Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
  • 16 ounces, fluid Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese

  In a large skillet, brown hamburger with Italian seasonings of your choice, plus garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain and leave in pan on stove.

  Pour 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a greased crock pot. Mix the remainder of the spaghetti sauce, plus the entire can of tomato sauce in with your browned hamburger. Stir well.

  Place 1/3 of the noodles, breaking as necessary, to cover entire sauce layer. {Noodles will overlap and stack.} Pour 1/3 of the jar of Alfredo sauce on top of noodles. Next, sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Spread 1/3 of hamburger mixture on top.

  Layer noodles, Alfredo, mozzarella, hamburger mixture 2 more times. Top with 1 cup Italian blend cheese.

Cook on low for 3 1/2 hours. This WILL burn after 4, so watch closely!

Serve with a tossed salad and Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls.  (Coming up next!)

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  Sooo, I may or may not have started the oven on fire while baking this rolls. 

  Apparently, you need to put the Spring form pan on to a baking sheet so the butter doesn’t drip down. 

Just a word to the wise, ok?  Use a baking sheet.

  Anyhow, bet you can’t tell from this photo, that the oven was on fire!  These rolls baked perfectly, and were to die for good. 

  I am oh-so proud to tell you, that I stood at my freezer surveying my options, and made the recipe up myself, based on a sweet monkey bread recipe I make sometimes for breakfast! 

Just look at that Cheesy goodness!

Mozz stuffed garlic rolls (4)

Come on now, doesn’t that make up for the oven fire? 

Just a little?  :)

Yup, thought so!

  Say Hello to a little bit of Ooey Gooey Cheesy Heaven!

Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

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Mozzarella Stuffed Garlic Rolls

Ingredients

  • 16 whole Rhodes Rolls (wheat Or White, Up To You)
  • 1 tub Real Mini Mozzarella Balls Or 1 Large Mozzarella Ball Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Basil
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Rosemary
  • ½ teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ¼ cups Herb And Garlic Goat Cheese Crumbles
  • ¾ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • A Sprinkling Of Kosher Salt
  • Dash Of Italian Seasoning

Allow Rhodes Rolls to sit on a flat surface until thawed, but still a bit cool. Stretch each circle and curl around mini mozzarella ball. Seal and smooth into a ball again. Repeat 15 more times.
Melt butter and add garlic powder, salt, basil, rosemary, and onion powder. Roll each ball into mixture, coating well.
Arrange rolls in a large 10 or 11 inch spring form pan, leaving room for rising, and scrape remaining butter and seasonings over the top of rolls. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, goat cheese crumbles, kosher salt and Italian seasoning.
Cover with sprayed saran wrap loosely. Set in a warm place to rise for 2-2 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Remove saran wrap, and place spring form pan on a cookie sheet, and slide in to a preheated oven, 350* for 25 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown. Release collar on spring form pan before serving hot from the oven.

  Un-stinkin-believable!

Bon appetite!

~T

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken with Baked Brown Rice

  I don’t know why this is called Angel chicken, but I will tell you, it will sure make your supper prep “Heavenly”, as you don’t even have to be bothered to thaw your chicken!

Is that the Hallelujah chorus I hear?!

  This was one of those more quiet suppers, as everyone was too busy feeding their faces and saying Mmmmm, to visit much until AFTER their plate was emptied and refilled.  I’d say that’s a SURE sign of a “Keeper”!

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 6 whole Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 8 ounces, weight Fresh Button Mushroom Slices
  • 8 ounces, weight Fresh Baby Bella Mushrooms, Sliced
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 1 package (0.7 Oz) Italian Dry Seasoning Mix
  • 10 ounces, weight Can Cream Of Mushroom With Roasted Garlic
  • 10 ounces, fluid Tub Of Philly Italian Cheese And Herb Cooking Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch In A Splash Of Cold Water
  • Brown Rice, Cooked

Spray a large slow cooker, then layer both kinds of mushrooms in the bottom, followed by frozen chicken breasts.
Add melted butter, soup, Italian dressing packet and Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking cream to the crock pot, stirring as you add.
Close lid and cook on low for 5 hours.
1 1/2 hours before serving time, make a batch of Baked Brown Rice.

Delicious!

Brown Rice Bake

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1-½ cup Brown Basamati Rice

2 cups Chicken Broth

½ cups Water

½ teaspoons Salt

Preheat oven to 350*. Combine brown rice, chicken broth, water and salt in a 8×11 baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before removing foil and fluffing with fork.

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Winner winner Chicken Dinner!

~T

Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken

This is comfort food at its finest! Easy to throw together and tastes like you worked all day on it!!!!

Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken

Italian Crockpot Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients

  • 6 whole Bonless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 envelope Italian Dressing Mix (about 1 Oz. Packet)
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 1 package (8 Oz. Package) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 can (10 3/4 Oz. Can) Cream Of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can (4 Oz. Can) Mushroom Stems And Pieces, Drained
  • 1 pound Angel Hair Pasta

Rinse and pat dry the raw, thawed chicken. Place in a slow cooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water, pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Cook 1 hour longer, or until chicken juices run clear.

Serve over cooked angel hair pasta. Tastes great with steamed fresh broccoli and garlic bread sticks!

Enjoy!  This one’s a family favorite!

~T

Crock Pot Kraut & Bean Soup

This is post 2 for today, head back a post for Destiny’s post: “The Heart of Worship”.

 I adapted this recipe from my good friend, Mrs. Baker’s blog.  The second I saw it, I knew I HAD to make it.  I am intrigued by sauerkraut and I have to tell you something….this is BY FAR, the number 1 best soup I have EVER MADE.

PROMISE me you will try this!  I am not even kidding you, we GOBBLED it up!  {As in 2 bowls each, including the kids!}

  The Kraut cooks away to a sweet, mild flavor, which melds in your mouth with the smoky sausage, hearty beans and hint of dill.

Oh. My. Stinkin. Word.

  I want to go make this again right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crock Pot Kraut & Bean Soup

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  • 4 cups Diced Raw Unpeeled Potatoes
  • 2 cans (14 Oz Each) Sauerkraut, Un-drained
  • 1 cup Water (I added more because mine was too thick)
  • 2 packages Kielbasa Sausage, Halved And Sliced
  • 2 cans (15 Oz Each) Northern Beans, Pour Off Top Liquid Only
  • 2 cans (15 Oz Each) Pork And Beans, Un-drained
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill Weed (I Did A Bit More, Yum!)

In an 8 Qt. crock pot layer potatoes, sauerkraut, water, kielbasa, then beans. Sprinkle brown sugar and dill weed over all.
Cover, cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until potatoes are soft. Make sure you stir a few times during cooking, adding another 1/2 cup water as needed if it appears too thick.
Oh my word, this is seriously my new FAVORITE soup! It was so sweet & savory, big enough to feed a crowd and is OH SO GOOD!

{This makes a HUUUUUGE batch, so it can be easily halved and put into a 4 Qt crock pot as well.}

Repeat after me, ok?

Fill in the blank with your name…….

I, ________________, do hereby PROMISE to give this soup a try, even though I think sauerkraut is stinky and gross because I love Tonya and I trust her Foodie Opinion.

  See, that wasn’t so hard!  Now go…….make this soup, then report back to me how much you loved it!

~T  :)

Bajio Chile Chicken Wraps

My easiest “Go To” supper is the Taco chicken you do in the crock pot:

6 frozen chicken breasts
3/4 cup water
1 packet of taco seasoning 

Cook on low 5 hours, shred chicken and cook on high lid off until liquid is absorbed. Serve on nachos, quesadillas, burritos, tacos, in a mexican casserole…you name it! 

  I thought these Bajio Chile Chicken Wraps sounded  like a fun change from that one, plus I was intrigued at the use of soda in it!  Check it out!!  009

  BTW, we added roasted corn and sautéed red peppers to this dish and really vamped up the flavor!  I highly recommend it!

BAJIO CHILE CHICKEN WRAPS

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  • 4 whole Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ½ cups Salsa
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar (we’ll Do Less Next Time, Plenty Sweet)
  • 4 ounces, weight Can Green Chiles
  • ½ can Of Sprite Or 7Up
  • Fixin’s Of Your Choice: Roasted Corn, Peppers, Tomatoes, Black Beans, Mexican Rice, Guacamole, Pico, Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks, allow to cook 1 more hour. Juices should cook into the meat, but if they don’t, thicken with a little cornstarch mixed in water.

Here is how we did the roasted corn and red peppers, so simple but changes the flavor SO much:

Drain a can of corn, thinly slice some red pepper and saute them in olive oil until golden brown…Season with kosher salt.  

We served this on whole wheat tortillas with lettuce, cheese, the above mentioned roasted corn & red peppers, cilantro, guacamole, and southwest sour cream.  You really can add whatever you want!
If you want it spicier rather than sweeter add a hotter salsa and more green chilies.
 Easy peasy!  On to Brownies.  Well, Brownie POINTS that is…..

Look what the dashing Mr. Ferguson just brought in from out back. 

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What a sweetie pie!

Mmm, did someone say pie?!

~T

This post linked to:
Full Plate Thursday

Gooseberry Patch

This Chick Cooks

Wonka Wednesday

Made It On Monday

 

Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Recipe adapted from Laughter and Latte’s

Original Recipe Credit: The Meal Planner

If you like the fresh taste of cilantro, this is the dinner for you! Fresh, easy and oh-so delicious!

Ingredients

Sweet Pulled Pork:

  • 3 pounds Pork Shoulder Roast (or Loin Roast Is Fine, Just Pricer)
  • 2 cups Of Your Favorite Salsa (you Decide The Heat)
  • 4 ounces, weight Canned Green Chilies
  • ¼ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 15 ounces, weight Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained

Avocado Cream Sauce:

  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 2 whole Avocados
  • 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • ¼ cups Snipped Cilantro
  • 4 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

TOPPINGS:

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • Stand And Stuff Taco Shells

Preparation Instructions

In the bottom of a large crock pot, mix salsa, green chilies, brown sugar and black beans. Add the pork roasted (salted with Kosher salt) and cook on low for 6-8 ours or high for 4-6. Take the meat out of the crockpot and shred with 2 forks. Return to pot and mix with sauce and beans. Leave lid off as you continue making supper to cook away some of the juices.
To make the avocado cream sauce, slice green onions, mash 2 avocado, add lime, sour cream, snipped cilantro, garlic and salt.
To serve:
Scoop sweet pork into baked hard shell. Top with a dollop of avocado cream sauce and shredded lettuce and green onions.
Serve with cherry tomatoes on the side.
Dig in to these fresh, easy, DELICIOUS tacos! YUM!004

*My only complaint was that if I made 2 tacos at the same time, my second got the shell soggy while it waited. Just an FYI, not a deal breaker!

Your gonna want to make this one!!!!!

~T

This post linked to:

The Lady Behind the Curtain

Gooseberry Patch Recipe Round Up

Lark’s Country Heart Made It On Monday

Tasty Tuesday

Wonka Wednesday

This Chick Cooks

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage