Convenient Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 pound ground beef
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
Spray the interior of a 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet; drain off drippings. Stir in tomato sauce; mix well. Spread one-fourth of the meat sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange one-third of the uncooked noodles over the sauce. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the cheeses over the noodles. Repeat these layers twice. Top with remaining sauce. Cover; cook on low for 4 hours.
* Add 1 chopped onion to the ground beef when browning.
* Add 1 teaspoon salt to the tomato sauce and beef mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to the cheese mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup additional shredded Mozzarella cheese to the top of the lasagna 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Fantastic Beef Fajitas
1 pound beef top sirloin or flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch strips
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 medium onion, sliced
8 flour tortillas, warmed
2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper; add beef and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight, turning occasionally. Remove meat and discard marinade. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Saute red pepper and onion until crisp-tender; remove and set aside. Heat remaining oil; cook meat for 2 to 4 minutes, or until it reaches desired doneness. Return vegetables to pan; heat through. Place a spoonful of meat and vegetables on each tortilla. Top with avocado, salsa and sour cream; roll up.
For an authentic bold flavor, add 1 teaspoon ground cumin to the marinade.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Barbecued Roast Beef
1 (4 pound) beef roast
1 cup ketchup
1 onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
Place roast into 4 quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients except the brown sugar. Pour over roast. Cover; cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Approximately 1 hour before serving, sprinkle with 3/4 cup brown sugar.
Makes 8 servings.