Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna ~ NEW 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes and more...


Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna ~ NEW 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna from 5DollarDinners.com

To.Die.For.

This has got to be the easiest lasagna I’ve ever made. Like ever.

Why? Because there is no pre-cooking anything. No pre-boiling noodles. No browning ground beef or sausage. Just a little mixing of the homemade sauce (yes, you could use pre-made marinara instead) and mixing up of the cheese layers.

Layer it all into your slow cooker, like you would into a casserole dish.

Then high for 2-3 hours…PERFECTION!!!

Oh, how I wish you could just take a bite right through the screen…

Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna from 5DollarDinners.com

Get this added to your summer menu RIGHT NOW. Chances are you’ll end up making it a few times over the summer!

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Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 2 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 30 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 5 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 12 oz. lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Directions

  • Prepare your slow cooker by lining it with a specially designed slow cooker liner. This will make the dish cook evenly without sticking to the sides.
  • In a small bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and pepper. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In another small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and egg. Use a spoon to cream the mixture together. Set aside.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce mixture into the slow cooker to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Top the sauce with a layer of lasagna noodles. You’ll want to break them to fit them in a single layer across the entire crock.
  • Then spread 1/3 cup of the tomato sauce mixture over the noodles.
  • Top that sauce with 1/2 of the sliced mushrooms, diced peppers, and spinach.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese over the veggies.
  • Add another single layer of broken noodles.
  • Top the noodles with the rest of the ricotta mixture. Spread into an even layer over the pan.
  • Add another single layer of broken noodles.
  • Top those noodles with 1/2 of the remaining tomato sauce and all the remaining veggies.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 of the remaining mozzarella over the veggies before adding a final layer of lasagna noodles.
  • Top the final layer of noodles with the remaining tomato sauce, followed by the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with the lid and set the slow cooker to high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
  • The sauce should be bubbly and the noodles should be tender when done.
  • Remove the lid and allow to set for 15 minutes before serving.

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Salsa Verde Shredded Pork Tacos ~ 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

More shredded pork…because shredded pork is easy summer food.

This time we’re putting it into tacos…corn tortillas in this case, but you could certainly use flour tortillas. I love the flavor combos from the shredded pork that cooks in salsa verde, along with the creamy goat cheese and spicy bite from the fresh jalapeños!

I’m licking my lips just looking at these tacos…

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Slow Cooker Raspberry-Blackberry Crisp ~ NEW 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipe!

Slow Cooker Blackberry Crisp 5DollarDinners.com

So this started out as a blackberry crisp…then as I started pulling it all together to cook for dessert, it morphed into a blackberry-raspberry cobbler. Crisps usually have oats in them, this one doesn’t…it’s made with yellow cake mix.

This poor dessert recipe is having a bit of an identity crisis – it’s part crisp-part cobbler, but really it’s a cobbler.

But let me tell you what really matters.

Slow Cooker Blackberry Cobbler

The fact that it’s ridiculously delicious.

This is what it looks like when it’s finished…see how it kinda looks like a crisp, but there aren’t any oats. So it’s really a cobbler. We’re back to the identity crisis thing.

Blackberries plus raspberries plus cake mix topping = the perfect summer dessert!

(Oh and not pictured…but this is best served warm with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream melting all over it!)

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Slow Cooker Raspberry-Blackberry Crisp

Yield – 4-6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 3 hours on low

Ingredients

  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream topping

Directions

  • Spray slow cooker generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Toss together the raspberries and blackberries in the base of the slow cooker and toss with the sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, vanilla and melted butter. Toss well until crumbly mixture forms.
  • Spread the topping evenly over the berries in the base of the slow cooker.
  • Set on low and cook for 3 hours.
  • Serve Raspberry-Blackberry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Hawaiian Chicken ~ 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

If you’ve been following closely to the recipes in our summer slow cooker series, you’ve probably noticed a pattern.

Simple.

Simple is the pattern.

All the meals are super simple. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation, loose schedules, more flexibility, later bedtimes. But for us, it often ends up being busier, more frantic and hectic than the school year. It’s a different kind of hectic.

So…I’m fighting back with great summer slow cooker meals…like this Hawaiian Chicken…

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Pulled Pork Sliders ~ 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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This just reeks summer.

BBQ, pulled pork, sliders.

Finger food, grab n go food, picnic food, backyard BBQ food, “take a bite and put it back on your plate and keep running around the backyard” food.

Start this in the morning and you’ve got a great BBQ meal waiting for you when you get home from a busy summer day…

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