Now that our children are back in school and busier than ever, I’m back to playing chauffeur every day. No joke. This season, between our four children, I have to run back and forth between volleyball, softball, soccer and Tae Kwon Do.
I also have to drive an hour back and forth, twice per week, to meet my ex-husband so he can have the kids on the weekend.
As you can see, although, I work from home, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on meal preparation, especially at night. Between the sports and homework, I have very little time left over. Because of how busy we are, I’ve turned to slow cooker meals again. I don’t like feeding our children lots of processed foods or sandwiches. I prefer they have a warm meal every night. The only way to accomplish that, though, is via our slow cooker.
The other night I made slow cooker lasagna for the first time and it was DELICIOUS!! I will definitely be making it again. The great thing is, I forgot to throw it together earlier in the day, so I cranked the slow cooker up to Hi and the lasagna cooked through in four hours.
Slow Cooker Lasagna Ingredients:
1 24oz. container of ricotta cheese
2 jars of Francesca spaghetti sauce
2 pkgs. of ground turkey
1 box of lasagna noodles
1 large bag of Italian shredded cheese
Slow Cooker Lasagna Steps:
1- Cook ground turkey in a frying pan with 2 tsp. of minced garlic. (I add water to the pan also to prevent sticking.)
2- While the turkey is cooking, combine the ricotta cheese, eggs and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Mix until well blended.
3- Once turkey is cooked through, mix sauce and turkey together.
4- Spoon a layer of sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker.
5- Spoon a layer of ricotta cheese mixture onto the sauce.
6- Break lasagna noodles into smaller pieces and layer on top of cheese mixture.
7- Sprinkle a layer of the Italian shredded cheese onto the noodles.
8- Repeat steps until you only have enough sauce left to top the lasagna. (I had four layers, I believe.)
9- Top with cheese.
That’s it. It’s simple as can be and very tasty. You don’t have to use the sauce I did. As far as canned/jarred sauces go, the Francesca one is our favorite. However, had I had any homemade sauce on hand, I would have used that since I prefer homemade.