bookishgeek: (garfield - groceries)
My gift to you this Halloween is my favorite crock pot recipe in the whole world.

Religious Experience Lasagna

  • 8 curly-edged lasagna noodles, broken in half

  • Salt & pepper

  • 15 ounces of ricotta cheese

  • 1 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup fresh minced basil

  • 1 egg

  • 24 ounces of spaghetti sauce

  • 1 lb Italian sausage - remove it from its casing (we use sweet sausage)

  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese

  • you read that right - there is a reason this makes 4 nights of food for us, easy


  • Line your crock pot with aluminum foil. You will thank me for this one later.

  • Boil and cook your lasagna noodles. Make sure you have 16. Drain, rinse them.

  • Mix the ricotta, a cup of the Parmesan, basil, egg, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

  • Put 1/2 cup of tomato sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.

  • The order is this: 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 4 noodles, 9 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture (just drop the spoonfuls in - don't bother spreading that shit around), 1/3 of your sausage mixture, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup sauce.

  • Repeat this 2 more times. Now you should be out of ricotta mixture, down to 4 noodles, 1/2 cup mozzarella.

  • Final layer: last 4 noodles, topped with the last 1/4 cup of sauce, sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of mozzarella and the tiny bit of Parmesan.

  • Cook this nectar of the gods on low for 4 hours. Let it cool for 20 minutes, serve with a salad and other veggie things.

Cost (assuming you have a full spice cabinet)

  • Makes 6-8 servings depending on how starving you are

  • Costs ~$12

  • = ~$1.50-2 a person

  • This stuff is so. good.

Note that we eat 2 or 3 veggie-only dinners when we finish this one off because it is cheese-city. But eat a lot of greens with it and you'll be okay - it's a treat!
bookishgeek: (garfield - chip bag)
"Patricia, you used to post so many awesome and cheap crock pot meals! What happened? Have you stopped using your crock pot?"

No, darling children, I am just lazy as balls. Let me fix that for you.

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken With Biscuits

  • 4 carrots, chopped up

  • 2 stalks of celery (sidebar: this was a metric fuckton of celery. If you like celery but don't love it, just use one), chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken (we got a 1 1/2 pound package of chicken tenderloins and cut them into chunks, worked a dream)

  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 6 biscuits (we got the Wal-Mart brand flaky biscuits. Unf).

  • 1 cup of frozen peas

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Combine the carrots, onions, celery and flour in your crock pot. Add the chicken and poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Then add the chicken broth.

  • Cover, cook on low for 5-6 hours.

  • When it has 30 minutes left, start making the biscuits.

  • Ten minutes before it's done, add in the peas, cream and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir it, and cook it for 5-10 more minutes.

  • The recipe suggests to cut the biscuits in half, put half of one in the bottom of the bowl, add your chicken, and then add the top. But because flaky layer biscuits are the superior biscuit breed, I just ate mine on the side and peeled it off and dipped it in the mixture. Worked a treat.

Cost (assuming a full spice rack)
- Makes 6 servings
- Hearty as fuck
- ~$12
=~$2 a serving
- God damn this is good

I adore this recipe and will use it forever and ever amen. Ian and I about died when we tasted it. The slow cooker brings the flavor of the chicken out, nothing is muted like it tends to be with a crock pot. Absolute win.
bookishgeek: (garfield - chip bag)

This one was really awesome. I mean really, really awesome. I'm normally not a huge supporter of sausage, but this went above and beyond the call of duty. It was relatively inexpensive, too. Ugh. Beautiful.

Chicken Sausage with Peppers & Basil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, minced
- 1 lb. sweet or hot Italian chicken sausage
- 1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, drained
- Bell pepper. The recipe suggests 1/2 each of a red, yellow and orange, but I don't like peppers, so we just did 1 whole green and I picked it out and gave it to Ian.
- 3/4 cup chopped basil
- Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Hot cooked pasta (we used tri-color rotini)

- Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, cook them until they start to get translucent.
- Cut the sausage into one-inch chunks. Put it in the skillet with the onions and cook them for about 4 minutes, until they start to brown. then put it all in the crock pot.
- Add tomatoes, peppers, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir it up.
- Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
- Serve over pasta with a side salad.

Cost (assuming a full spice rack)
- Makes 4 servings
- ~$6
= ~$1.50 per serving.
bookishgeek: (garfield - groceries)
This one is great, because not only is it cheap, easy, filling and delicious, but it takes a pretty short amount of time to make!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (4 oz) chopped mild green chiles, drained
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- Tortilla chips
- Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- Put the chicken breasts - whole - in the crock pot.
- Mix tomatoes, chiles ,onion, garlic & chicken broth in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken.
- Cover; cook on high for 3 hours.
- Take the chicken out, shred it with some forks, put it back in the crock pot.
- Mix it all back together.
- Serve; add crushed-up tortilla chips and cheese
- ~$8.50 if you don't have any of this at home - if you have the chicken and chips at home already it's only about $5!
- Makes 4-6 servings
= ~$1.42-$2.12 a serving!
This one was so good. Ian and I both just about died when we tasted it for the first time. Best of all, we got home from grocery shopping at 1 and dinner was ready an hour before our typical eating time (5 pm - we eat like elderly people). Of the 3 recipes we've tried so far, this one is hands-down my favorite!


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