Monday, December 28, 2009

What's For Dinner Tonight?

I don't know if you guys are anything like me but I gain weight VERY easily and at this time of the year I find I have to cut back on my calorie intake. I'm a Weight Watchers kind of gal. I have had and continue to have great results following their programs so that is always what I return to. With that in mind I present you with one of my favorite Weight Watchers recipes...Slow Cooker Lasagna. I usually put this in the crock pot after lunch and it is set to go by dinner. My entire family loves this! Serve it with a salad or some raw veggies and you are all set to go! I hope you will enjoy this! (If you guys express an interest I'll make this a weekly feature.)

Slow Cooker Lasagna

POINTS® Value: 8
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 360 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

No need to cook the noodles first or stay home while it bakes. Just let it sit a few minutes before serving so it can firm up a bit.

Ingredients
1 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)
1 small onion(s), chopped
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cup(s) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
6 item(s) dry lasagna noodles, no-cook
1/2 cup(s) shredded Parmesan cheese, strong-flavored like Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano

Instructions
* Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
* Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
* Spoon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.
* Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat and season to taste, if desired.
* In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over beef mixture. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes. Yields 1/6th of dish per serving.

Notes
* To boost your vegetable intake, add a can of zucchini in tomato sauce to the meat mixture. You can also add 2 cups of sliced shiitake mushrooms to the beef mixture.

7 comments that make my day!:

Donna said...

Hi Lorie! This sounds delicious and I'll be giving it a try since I had to return to work this week. Although DH is home this week and cooking so I probably will be trying it next week. Thanks so much! I love my crock pot! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2010!

Mandy said...

YUM! Sounds and looks fabulous!!

Tiffany Bauer said...

This recipe sounds so yummy!!! Off to print it off so I can make it this week!! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

This recipe sounds great...easy & yummy!! Great combo. I'd love to see some of your other recipes. Thanks for offering the weekly treat.
Debbie Flattum

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this - I am not a great one for cooking, but if it's crockpot, I can do it! I have 3 crockpots!! Sounds delicious and easy - what a great way to start the new year, esp. after making all those Christmas goodies....Got any more crockpot recipes to share?
Mary L at mklecuyer@hotmail.com

Kim said...

That looks delicious! I can't wait to give it a try...I LOVE italian food and using my slowcooker is my favorite! :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe....I'd love if you'd share more recipes! :)
Hugs~ Kim

Dani said...

Ooo, we love lasagna! Definitely going to have to try it!