Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups

My Daughter and I- Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups. Click through for full recipe!

I love lasagna – it is one of my all time favorite dishes! This lasagna variation is hardly gourmet and I can barely call it homemade, but it was easy and delicious! I realized I had some ricotta cheese and a block of mozzarella that were almost passed their sell by date and I knew it was time to make something yummy! I dug through the pantry and found a box of lasagna noodles and a jar of spaghetti sauce. The recipe calls for two jars of sauce, but I had some leftover spaghetti sauce with ground beef in it, so I used it along with the jar of sauce. I threw this dish together in a matter of minutes – really! I cranked the crockpot to high and by the time we got home from church we had a delicious Sunday lunch to enjoy! I love days like that, don’t you?

My Daughter and I- Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups. Click through for full recipe!1

our growing edgeThis post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Christine and Kath over at Garden Eats.

 

 

 

Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups
Ingredients
1 box lasagna noodles
15 oz container ricotta cheese
1 16 ounce block of mozzarella cheese, grated
⅓ cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs
Italian seasoning
2 jars of spaghetti sauce

Instructions
Cook the lasagna noodles, al dente. I prefer my noodles to be firm. The noodles will cook a bit more in the crockpot. Drain and set aside.

Mix together ricotta cheese, eggs, half the shredded cheese, parmesan and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Pour one jar of spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker and turn on.

Lay the cooked lasagna noodles on a cutting board a couple at a time. Plop about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture at one end of the noodle and carefully roll up. Place the lasagna rolls in the sauce in the slow cooker vertically. Continue until the slow cooker is full, just a single layer. Don’t double stack the roll ups. The roll ups will expand a bit. I was able to use the entire box of noodles. Pour the second jar of sauce over the top of the roll ups and shake on some additional Italian seasoning. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Serve with salad and bread.

I found this recipe on The Gunny Sack, and just made a few minor changes

 

Cindy

Throwback: Cookies & Cream Chex Bars- Gluten Free!

My Daughter and I- Cookies and Cream Chex Bars

I was asked by a friend of mine to make several desserts for a party she was having. The catch was that she asked me to make one of the desserts gluten free. I also needed to make the desserts portable and easy to eat since it would be an outdoor/casual event. I have to admit that I’m not at all familiar with gluten free recipes so I was stumped. However, I found this delicious looking recipe on Iowa Girl Eats and knew it was the one to try.

The bars came together easily and the flavor was good. I was skeptical of the gluten free “Oreos” and they really weren’t bad. I found them in the baking aisle at Walmart too, so that was great. The crushed Oreos and the extra chocolate on the top made them look a bit better – but they still weren’t the most attractive dessert ever. Once they were all cut up and on the cute platter – all was good. The dessert were a huge success and I would make this recipe again for a quick and easy dessert. It also made a ton which is nice when attending a party or potluck. Another bonus was that these are no bake bars, which made them even easier.

I also made lime squares and oatmeal raisin cookies with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, which are quickly becoming one of our most favorite cookies!

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Cookies & Cream Chex Bars

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
10oz bag mini marshmallows
12.1 ounce box Vanilla Chex
20 Oreos or a gluten-free version, divided
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions
Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick spray then set aside.

Roughly chop 16 Oreos then add to a very large bowl with the Chex and set aside. Chop remaining 4 Oreos a little more fine then set aside.

Add butter to a microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows then stir to coat and microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds. Stir until smooth then immediately pour over Chex mixture and mix until evenly coated. Scoop into prepared baking dish then press into an even layer, I used a piece of wax paper with a bit of nonstick spray on it to press the mixture evenly into the pan.

Melt the semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 2 minutes. Stirring every 30 seconds – don’t over heat it. You just want it melted enough to drizzle over the top of the bars. Drizzle the melted chocolate and then sprinkle the crushed Oreos and lightly press so they stick. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares. I was able to cut into about 4 dozen squares.

Cindy

Throwback: Kale Salad with Man Candy and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

kale salad with roasted bruschetta 1 - My Daughter and I

Hey there,
Well we’ve been a bit distracted around here by fires burning all around us. It’s hard to get anything done when you’re constantly checking the news, Ham radio, responding to sweet phone calls and texts etc. So I completely forgot to do Monday’s post. Here it is a bit late-

Several weeks back, after dropping Travis off at school, Jordan and I had an epic food afternoon. First we stopped at this amazing bakery called SweetItaly (their website must be brand new, but the address and phone number are at the bottom) and had a cannoli and an eclair. They were both delicious and worth the drive to Point Loma. Not only were the desserts delicious, but the atmosphere was great – we felt like we had been transported to Italy. Needless to say, we plan to visit that bakery again.

So onto the main course. We headed to Liberty Station to see if we could find some dinner. I know weird – we ate dessert first. Ok, really it’s not that weird for us! We found this cute place called The Fig Tree Cafe. It was adorable. We both loved the interesting decor. We were there a bit early so we had the inside to ourselves. Several people were outside enjoying the patio. We decided to split the kale salad and split the bruschetta- it was the perfect amount of food. The kale salad had something called man candy on it. It is bacon that is cooked with brown sugar and cayenne pepper. I knew we had to try this at home (if nothing else because of the name. I mean, come on- how could you not want to know more?? ;)) It also had a light vinaigrette dressing on it that was just delicious and perfect with the other flavors. The roasted tomatoes on the bruschetta were so sweet and flavorful – it was just an amazing meal. Normally I don’t dream of salads and roasted tomatoes, but have been dreaming of this meal and was excited to recreate it at home. So below is my version of that incredible meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. This recipe was enough for two of us for lunch. We gobbled up the leftover man candy after we finished our salads.

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Kale Salad with Man Candy Bacon
Kale, washed and torn into bite sized pieces – approximately 4 cups
4 to 6 slices of man candy, recipe below
1 green apple, thinly sliced
1/8 -1/4 cup Manchego cheese, thinly sliced. Manchego is a slightly sharp sheep’s milk cheese. If you can’t find it, I would substitute fresh Parmesan, sliced.
Citrus vinaigrette dressing, recipe below.

Wash and tear kale and put into a medium sized bowl.

Start cooking bacon. Put slices into skillet and cook over medium heat until one side is completely cooked. Flip bacon over and top with brown sugar, cayenne pepper combo. I just mixed 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper. Using a teaspoon I carefully coated the top/cooked side of the bacon. I continued to cook the bacon, not turning it again. Remove from pan and place on a plate until you’re ready to use it.

While bacon is cooking, slice apple and cheese. Prepare citrus vinaigrette dressing. Once all the elements are ready, toss kale with dressing and serve onto two plates or in two bowls. Top with chopped man candy, sliced apples, sliced cheese. Enjoy!

Citrus vinaigrette dressing
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a jar and shake to mix.

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So the second part of our delicious meal was the roasted tomato bruschetta. When you roast tomatoes they get so sweet and wonderful, but I don’t like to overcook them. They tend to get sort of mushy. With the toasted french bread this was a wonderful addition to our salad lunch.

Roasted tomato bruschetta
4 slices French bread
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 T olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
A bit of salt
Basil
Balsamic vinegar

Wash and slice tomatoes. Put into oven safe pan. Add olive oil, garlic and salt and mix well. Cook at 450* for about 10 to 15 minutes until tomatoes soften and sort of pop. Stir and check frequently.

Remove from oven and add about 1 -2 T fresh chopped basil and about 1 T balsamic vinegar. Give it one more quick stir. Serve immediately over freshly toasted, warm fresh bread.

To prepare the French bread, slice 4 thick hunks of french bread from a loaf. I just picked mine up at Walmart, nothing fancy. Mist with a bit of olive oil and put in oven or toaster over until just slightly crisp. You don’t want this to be hard and crunchy- it will be too difficult to eat. Just watch carefully as it is toasting.

Top with the fresh tomato bruschetta mixture along with additional fresh basil if desired and a bit of fresh Parmesan shavings.

This was wonderful with our salad, but would have been a great appetizer on its own.

Cindy & Jordan 

Blueberry Cobbler Bars

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here’s a post from Memorial Day two years ago to celebrate! It’s officially BBQ and pool party season, and this recipe is perfect for all of those potlucks!

My Daughter and I Blueberry Cobbler Bars (photo 12)

Hey, Happy Day-After-Memorial Day. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Travis is home for the summer from college and Alex came home for the weekend- it’s so nice to have all three kids home. We had a fun BBQ to attend Sunday for a friend’s son who enlisted in the Marine’s reserve program. Wow! How exciting! Yesterday we had a pool party to attend. I love weekends like that. Tons of delicious food and hanging out with good friends!

This recipe is great for a BBQ or pool party. It’s hearty and can be served just on napkins- no fork required. Unless you serve it with ice cream or whipped cream! I was in charge of dessert for Bible study the other night and wanted to try something new. I had just picked up some blueberries from the store so that was my inspiration. I also had a pint of fresh blueberry jam that someone had given me, so I was set. I basically just changed up my raspberry bar recipe a bit and voila – blueberry cobbler bars.

My Daughter and I Blueberry Cobbler Bars (photo 22)

I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13″ pan. It made it a bit difficult/messy to mix up the ingredients in the mixer, so I would probably do that a bit differently if I wanted to double the recipe again. However, the finished results were delicious and a bit unusual with the jam and fresh berries and the hearty crumble topping. The recipe below is for a single 8″ square pan recipe.

Blueberry Cobbler Bars

2 sticks butter, softened
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oats, or rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup blueberry jam
1 generous cup fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. I just used the excess butter leftover on the butter wrapping, and smeared it around or spray with cooking spray.

Add the flour, both sugars, oats and salt to a bowl in your stand mixer. Add in the butter and egg and beat at low speed. Stop the machine and scrape the bowl down a couple of times. Keep processing until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Keep 2 cups crumb mixture aside.

Press the remaining crumb mixture on the bottom the prepared pan. Spread the Blueberry jam over the top of the crust and then sprinkle the fresh blueberries over that. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the blueberries.

Bake until lightly browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

We served ours with a bit of whipped cream, but it would be great with ice cream or just on its own.

Cindy

Throwback: Mojito Pie

Today marks the end of my freshman year of college, so I thought it was only right to celebrate with a perfect summer throwback recipe! Hope you enjoy!

My Daughter and I Mojito Pie

Hey! Happy Monday! I made this tangy and refreshing pie awhile back for my friend Monica. She loves mojitos – so I was sure she would love this pie – and she did! What a special treat! It was Monica’s birthday so a group of us wanted to do something special for her. We went to Coronado for lunch at a great Thai restaurant and we did some thrift store shopping and went to the Hotel Del. It was such a fun day!

The pie turned out creamy and delicious and a bit unusual. It seems like a fun summertime recipe to keep handy. I didn’t add the rum to my pie but next time I’d like to try it. I found this recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

My Daughter and I Mojito Pie 2

Mojito Pie

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups finely-ground graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. butter, melted

Filling Ingredients:
1/2 cup lime juice (preferably fresh)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons rum (optional)

Optional topping:
2 cups whipped cream
lime zest
mint leaves
Method

To Make The Graham Cracker Crust:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl until evenly combined. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (4-cup) pie plate. Bake crust on the middle oven shelf for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.

To Make The Filling:

While the crust is baking, make your filling. Combine mint leaves and lime juice in a shaker or glass. Use a muddler (or the end of a large wooden spoon) to muddle the mint into the lime juice. Then strain out the juice and discard the mint leaves.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and egg yolks in a bowl until combined. Add the minty lime juice and rum (if using) and whisk by hand for 1 minute until combined and slightly thickened.

Pour filling into crust and bake on the middle oven shelf for 15 minutes. Transfer pie to a cooling rack, and let sit until it reaches room temperature. Then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until chilled and set.

Add optional toppings just before serving, if desired.

 

Cindy