Lasagna Soup (Meatless) (or not!)

Making this for our meatless supper tomorrow night…if you wanna make it too you’ll need to get the ingredients today!!!

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Easy Lasagna Soup

During Lent (Ash Wednesday until Easter each year) my family doesn’t eat meat on Fridays. We do all the usuals like fish, pancake dinner, baked potato bar, and there’s some Fridays we do soup nights. There’s tomato soup and grilled cheese, and vegetable, but I love to mix it up and try something new….this recipe is FABULOUS! And once Lent is over we will make the version with meatballs! I made this with the slow cooker!

 

First here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

Soup

1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

6 cups vegetable broth

1 yellow onion, diced or chopped, your preference

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 zucchinis, sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 Tablespoon dried basil

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

12 ounces lasagna noodles

4 cups fresh spinach leaves

 

Cheese topping

1 8 ounce container ricotta cheese

½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

¼ cup parsley, chopped

¼ cup basil leaves, chopped

Pinch (or 2) of kosher salt

Here’s what you’ll do next!

In the slow cooker put your tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, then the onions.

Add chopped onion

Next the sliced mushrooms:

Add sliced mushrooms

Next the garlic…

Add minced garlic

And then the sliced zucchini (YUM)

Add sliced zucchini

Bay leaves and spices next!

Add spices

Next either put on high for about 4 hours or low for about 6-6.5 if you won’t be home

4 Hours on High

Noodle time!

Go ahead and break the noodles into smaller (but not too small) pieces and boil according to directions minus about 2-3 minutes. (Ive seen recipes that put the noodles in at the beginning but its too risky for me. Ive had them not soften)

Noodle time

Drain when soft and add them into the slow cooker and stir

Add them to the soup

Almost done!

Next wash and destem your fresh spinach leaves and add them to the mixture and let them wilt

Wash and destem your fresh spinachAdd and wilt

CHEEEEESEEEEE!!!!

Next mix together the ricotta and mozarella cheese, add the parsley and basil and  pinchish of salt

Cheese Topping

Now….on the cheese…a little dab will do ya…so a dollop about a tablespoon is all you need per bowl, give or take on your taste!

Ladel into your bowl and dollop with cheese topping and enjoy the yummy goodness!!!

Enjoy!

I made 2 slow cookers full for the soup supper at church last night and it was a HIT!!!!

Delicious Buffalo Chicken Casserole!!!

Want to wow the fam for dinner? Need a casserole to take to a potluck? Try this easy Buffalo Chicken Casserole!!

This is a great meal and it serves well leftover so I ALWAYS try and make some extra. Usually the extra disappears pretty quickly too though!!

Let’s go to the grocery:

1.5 lb chicken (either breast or breast tenderloins, 1 inch cubed, I’ve used both)

1/3 cup hot sauce

5 1/2 cups shredded frozen potatoes

1 can condensed chicken soup

1 cup ranch dressing

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Panko bread crumbs

Now let’s get cookin!!

Preheat oven to 375

Spray 13×9 (or 2 8×8) pans

Cube your chicken and put in a large bowl buffalo1

Add 1/3 cup hot sauce and toss chicken in itbuffalo 2

Spread into bottom of pan

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In the same bowl add potatoes, chicken soup, ranch, and cheese and mix them all up (I also add a few dashes of hot sauce back into this mixture)

buffalo 4

Spread over the chicken

buffalo 5

Now sprinkle Panko bread crumbs over the top 

 

Cover with foil

buffalo 6

Bake 30 minutes then remove foil and bake another 25 minutes. (I low broil for about 4 minutes at the end too just to get a good color on top!)

 

Take out and let sit 15-20 minutes before serving! 

buffalo 7

Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!!

buffalo plate

I’d love to say refigerate leftovers and take them for your lunch but unless you do what I do and double or triple the recipe your unlikely to be so lucky!!!

 

Heres the recipe without the pics!

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Cool and Creamy Cucumber Salad~ A Summer Fave!!!

Summer is all about good food….

Cool side dishes to go with whatever you are grillin are a must!!!  As the garden starts producing cucumbers start coming in by the bucket fulls!!! This summer salad is a delicious dish for any meat or even to sit around and snack on!

Run to the store:

1 Cup Mayo

1/4 Cup White Sugar

1/2 tsp dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

3-4 medium cucumbers

Peel the cukes and slice em up real nice

Cucumber 1

Mix the mayo, sugar, vinegar, dill, seasoned salt in a large bowl

Cuke 4

Cucumber 3

Add your cucumber slices then refrigerate and serve. 

Cucumber 4

Enjoy!

 

Coca Cola Cake

Love the Coca Cola cake from your restaurant?

Then you’ll absolutely love this easy recipe to make it at home! (AND it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying it by the slice!) I made it for dessert today for after dinner! It’s a crowd pleaser!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the cake:

1 cup Coca Cola (dont skimp…get The Real Thing!)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 stick butter

3 TBSP cocoa

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda

1 (ISH) tsp vanilla (I always use a little more than what it calls for)

For the icing:

1 stick butter

3 TBSP cocoa

6 TBSP heavy cream

1 (ISH) tsp vanilla (there’s that ISH again)

3.5-3.75 cups confectioners sugar

what youll need

Ok now here’s how easy it is:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees*

1)  In your mixing bowl mix your:

     Flour, Sugar, and Salt

second

2) In a saucepan bring the following to a boil:

     Coca Cola, Oil, Butter and Cocoa

first job

3) Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl and mix, then add the following:

     Eggs, Buttermilk, Baking Soda, and Vanilla and mix this well

4) Pour into a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes

 *Take out and cool for 10 minutes*

bake and cool

Now…during this 10 minutes we are gonna make the icing!

1)  In a saucepan melt your Butter, Cocoa and Heavy Cream. Be sure the butter is melted smooth 

icing

2) Add the Vanilla and Confectioners Sugar and mix until smooth.

Spread icing over cake while its still warm.  Ready to serve in about 45 minutes!

out of the oven

And last….ENJOY!

yummy deliciousness

 

 

SOOOOOO EASY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CHEESE TORTELLINI

Slow Cooker Chicken Cheese Tortellini

This recipe is so easy! Today was one of those days I just didn’t think I wanted to spend time planning then cooking dinner this evening. I’m glad I snagged all these ingredients to have on hand for a day such as today! You literally just throw it all in the crock pot and in 6-8 hours you scoop it out and eat it!

What you’ll need: (I double the recipe because I feed a BUNCH!)

1 package frozen cheese tortellini

1 package frozen spinach

4 cups chicken broth

1 can Italian style tomatoes

1 pack cream cheese

2 chicken breast boiled and shredded

 

Next what you’ll do…

Throw it all in the slow cooker and turn on low

Tortellini

Scoop into a bowl and eat!!!! Its….that…simple! And oh so delicious!!!

 

 

 

APPLE PORK CHOPS

Quick and Easy Apple Pork Chops

Need a delicious but fabulously easy dinner idea? Apple Pork Chops will get you through!

Here’s what you’ll need:

4-5 Boneless chops

1 can apple pie filling

1 box instant stuffing

1 Tbsp Olive oil

Let’s assemble!

Preheat your oven to 375

Brown the Chops

In a skillet, drizzle the olive oil and brown your chops on both sides. (I’ll tell you a secret, I season mine with a bit of salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder for more flavor. My gang LOVES some onion and garlic)

Browned Chops

While those are browning, spread the apple pie filling in the bottom of a 13 x 9 dish

Apples In A Dish

After they are browned, arrange them over the apples

Chops Over The Apples

Next prepare the stuffing mix and spoon over the top

Prepared StuffingSpread Over Chops and Apples

Cover with foil and cook for about 25 minutes. Then, uncover and cook for an additional 15 minutes

Take out and dinner is served!!!!

Hot Out Of The Oven

I serve mine with green beans! (seasoned with a little beef bullion!)

 

Apple Pork Chops

Leftovers are great for lunch the next day….that is…IF there are any leftovers 😉

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Some days you just wish you could open a magic box and POOF dinner would be  ready! Well this is ALMOST the answer to your wish! Fast, Easy, Delicious! This recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is simple and delicious! I make a huge cooker full to feed the masses I have in my house, you could half the recipe if you need to.

First the ingredients!

3 lb chicken breast

4 cups chicken broth

2 cans petite diced tomatoes 

1 cup chopped onion

8 pressed garlic cloves

5 tsp chili powder

3 tsp cumin

2 tsp paprika

2 cans black beans

3 cups frozen corn

2 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Avocado

Sour Cream

Shredded Cheese Tortilla Strips

Step 1 of 2! Thats right only 2 steps!

In the slow cooker, add the chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika. Next put the chicken breast in and cook on low for 6 hours!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Prep

Step 2….You’re almost done!

After the 6 hours are up, remove the chicken breast and shred then add it back to the cooker. Add the black beans, frozen cord, lime juice and cilantro. Stir and allow to heat through. I turned mine on high for about a half hour then back to low. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup Halfway There

Dinner Is Served…Super Yummy Goodness!!!

Grab some bowls…add your cheese, sour cream, avocado, and tortilla strips and enjoy the yummy goodness!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Yummy Goodness

Leftovers!

This makes for tasty leftovers! Take it to work for lunch!

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