Crock Pot Lasagna

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Today was the first day back to school for the girls. Megan went all out. She has a very unique fashion sense. She found the vintage suspenders and tutu on Etsy. Taylor said people were going to think that it was dress like a clown day at school and she followed that with “Please don’t make me walk in with her!”

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In honor of Megan and her “explosion of greatness”….. This was really good and crock pot meals are always a plus.

1 lb Ground Beef
2 tsp Garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
26 oz Chunky Style Pasta Sauce
1/3 cup Water
8 Lasagna Noodles, uncooked
15 oz Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
1-1/2 cup Lowfat Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Cook beef, garlic, and seasoning in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain and set aside. Combine pasta sauce and water in a small bowl and set aside. Place 4 uncooked noodles in a 4-quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray, breaking noodles to fit. Layer with half of beef mixture, pasta sauce mixture. Spread ricotta. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella. Layer with remaining noodles, meat and pasta sauce mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 hours.

Adapted from Cooking Light.

Servings: 8
Calories 462
Total Fat 12.8g
Total Carbohydrates 49.3g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Protein 35.4g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Dickens and Smith Fun Purple Leopard Print Blanket / Throw

Margherita Pizza

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Yesterday I took the girls to American Girl to spend some more Christmas money. That place was crazy. It was more crowded than an Apple store. We were there for the same thing everyone else was there for….Saige, her horse and her dog. I wondered where we were going to fit more AG stuff. They have almost the entire catalog. But they figured it out, the closet is now a stable for all the horses and the girls without beds are stuck using sleeping bags. I forgot my camera, so here is their very first trip to the American Girl store in New York City… Time goes by way too fast.

ry=400-5I loved, loved, loved these! As an added bonus, they are only 119 calories each.

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Sandwich Rounds
2 Plum Tomatoes, sliced thin
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
6 Tbs Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place sandwich rounds inside part down on baking sheet.

Combine oil and garlic. Brush over sandwich rounds.

Add tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil, pepper and salt. Top with cheese.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Servings: 4
Calories 119
Total Fat 5.1g8%
Total Carbohydrates 14.6g5%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g13%
Protein 6.3g
Nutrition Grade B

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