Are you tired of hearing people talk about fall and ohhhh the wonders of it? If that’s the case then I’m truly truly sorry! I can’t help myself but to bring up the fact that LA’s weather has been finally changing more drastically. It seems to have gotten itself together because the temperatures suddenly dropped about 3 days ago from 90 F to 55 F! I love it. But you know what I don’t love right now? The fact that I’m slightly sick even though I saw it coming. Every time we transition into a new season my immune system goes haywire and I end up ill. Luckily I caught it right at the beginning so I made sure to take some meds and brewed up some vitamin C goodness, of which I’ll be sharing at the end of this post.
Okay so where were we? Oh yeah. Fall. Not only has this season inspired me to get back to comfort foods because let’s face it—comfort food is the best way to balance out the chilly weather—but seeing as how my oven has been a haunting mess since we got married, I definitely wasn’t motivated to take everything out and make this amazing lasagna!
Damas y caballeros (ladies and gents), I present you the oven that becomes the hot topic of conversation when my guests happen to catch a glimpse of it. I say, let’s just get over this embarrassing secret of mine and stay friends. Deal? (I can see my sister tsk tsk-ing as she reads it, haha) I also need to take Greg’s suggestion and find some storage furniture at IKEA or something. Any suggestions for cute, inexpensive and space friendly cabinetry?
And since I didn’t feel like cleaning it out yesterday and I’m a huge fan of crock pot meals anyway, I came up with this super easy recipe! It doesn’t require any more bowls than a conventional lasagna does, and all you need to do is brown the meat, pour, set the temperature, go out shopping, and voila! You’ve got a comforting Italian dish waiting for you.
Foolproof Crockpot Meat Lasagna
Makes approximately 10 servings
- 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
- 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 1/2 C skim ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp dry oregano
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 jars of 24 oz tomato sauce (your favorite choice)
- 2 1/4 C water
- 1 box of lasagna noodles
- 1 1/4 C shredded mozzarella
- Chop the onions first. Cook the ground beef and onions on medium-high heat with only 1/4 tsp salt, saving the remaining salt for later. Cook the meat until it’s slightly browned and onions almost translucent.
- In a large bowl whisk the egg yolk and add ricotta, oregano, nutmeg, black pepper, and the remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Mix it all up until it’s well incorporated.
- Grab your crock pot and place half of the beef mixture in it, spreading it out nicely but making sure it covers most of the surface. Evenly pour 1/2 C of the water from the list.
- Pour about 1/2 of one tomato jar on top of the meat, then pour 1/4 C of the water on top. Spread about 1/3 of the ricotta mixture on top carefully. Place dry lasagna noodles and it depends on your crock pot’s shape and size, but I placed two of them starting from the middle and letting the edges overlap slightly. After that, break off noodles as needed to cover the sides.
- Repeat step 3 and 4 one more time.
- Now you should have noodles at the very top. Pour 1/2 of the sauce jar and pour 1/4 C water, and spread the remaining ricotta on top of it. Cover with the noodles and pour remaining sauce.
- Set crock pot between 6-8 hours. 10-15 minutes before they’re ready to be served, turn it up to 2 hour setting and sprinkle with mozzarella.
Make sure you don’t skip the extra water because it is essential to keep it from burning!
Orange Peel Drink to Kick off the Cold
In the meantime since I’m not terribly sick, I’m holding off on going to the doctor. So in order to keep my energy levels up and kick off the cold I opted for this homemade drink that Koreans swear by.
It’s a super easy recipe so this morning I had enough energy to make it.
All you need is:
- 1 C water
- orange peel
- 1 ginger stub, peeled
- 1/2 TBSP honey
- 1 slice of lemon
This is how you make it:
- Boil the water along with the orange peel and ginger. Pour it into a mug and add honey and lemon.
My mom’s #1 tip is this drink along with a good night’s rest, and you know what they say…momma knows best!
Although oatmeal and pancakes have been my go to foods for breakfast these days, I just wanted something quick this morning! So I opted for toasted waffles, drizzled Maranatha almond butter, fruit, greek yogurt, and granola. It definitely hit the spot!
Have a blessed day and please keep yourselves warm! (If you’re experience cold temperatures)
Have you ever attempted crock pot lasagna?
Please tell me you have messy parts in your house, too, like my oven!
Do you believe in homeopathic medicine and recipes?