Saturday, January 26, 2008

Some REALLY Good Recipes

OK, so I haven't posted in a really long time and I actually shouldn't be taking the time to post right now either, but I have found some recipes that are so easy to make and taste good, too. I love to make dinner in my crockpot, basically because it doesn't require me to stick around, so here are the recipes from Recipezaar that I think you should try:

Crock Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Cream Cheese
4-5 frozen chicken breasts
1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
1 (15 oz.) jar salsa, any kind
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (or low-fat kind if you're trying to stick to your diet)

1. Put 4-5 frozen (yes, frozen) boneless chicken breasts into crock pot.
2. Add black beans, salsa and corn.
3. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.
4. Add 1 package of cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let sit for about 30 minutes.
5. You can serve as individual breasts with a yummy sauce, or you can chop (or shred) the chicken up into little pieces and mix all together to be served as a chowder-type soup. SO GOOD!

Easy Crock Pot Lasagna
1 lb. ground beef (or substitute chicken or ground turkey here for a lower fat version)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste (or substitute the tomato sauce and paste for a 26 oz. jar of Prego)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 cup water
8 oz. lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1. Brown beef (or other meat) with onion and garlic until onion is softened. Drain off the fat.
2. Stir in jar of Prego OR tomato sauce and tomato paste, salt, and oregano. Also add the water. Mix well.
3. Spread one fourth of the meat sauce in an ungreased slow cooker. Arrange one third of the UNCOOKED noodles over the sauce.
4. Combine the cheeses.
5. Spoon one third of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
6. Repeat layers twice.
7. Top with remaining meat sauce.
8. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours OR on high for 2.5 hours.

Give these a try and let me know what you think! Bon appetit!