In my insane need to completely organize EVERYTHING (slightly ocd) I have cleaned my entire house, planned/prepped 8 full meals, shopped for a week, done all the laundry, left a complete detailed menu and even washed the windows so everything is in order. I absolutely cannot stand to sit or lay around in a dirty cluttered house and since that is what I will be doing for at least a week I figured I better do it now before I try to do it on crutches and painkillers(woot!) So the night before my surgery I am sitting in my spotless house feeling like something is undone and for the life of me I can't remember what. Oh well I guess it's too late now and whatever it is will just have to wait.
I am preparing a kickass crock pot lasagna to cook while we are at the surgery center. I thought I should pass on the recipe because it is so good. It is nice to come home to a hot meal that is not complete mush and this one holds up well.
Crock Pot Mexican Lasagna
1 pound ground beef 93% lean-turkey will work as well and as always less meat/meatless will do
1 18 ounce can of red enchilada sauce
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15 ounce can black beans-pinto or kidney are good too
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon cumin-optional
1 9 ounce box Barilla No Cook Flat Lasagna Noodles
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese-more if you like it cheesy
brown the ground beef drain off the fat
reduce the heat, add the sauce, tomatoes, beans, water and spices
simmer for 10 minutes
layer in the crock pot 1/4 of the sauce, cheese, noodles-break in half to fit
end with a cheese layer
Now you may only get 3 layers in your crock pot in that case just make your layers thicker
as long as the layers are pretty evenly distributed all will be good
refrigerate over night or plug in and cook on low 8 hours or high 6 hours*****SEE UPDATED COOKING TIMES
Crock pot size is important this was developed in a 6 quart oval crock pot if you have a smaller one cut the recipe in half or if you have a tall round crock pot you may need to make more layers
If you have not given Barilla No Cook Flat Lasagna noodles a try you really should, they are SO good. Also very fast and easy to use. I think they are the reason this does not turn to absolute mush. Try them!
I left the lasagna cooking all day in the crock pot on low. It is done but could be more done. I think split cooking temperatures will work best. High for 4 hours and then on low for 2-4 hours. Alternately I think low for 10 hours will work too. Some new crock pots cook at lower temperature because the manufacturers have lowered the overall temperatures to accommodate customer complaints. So again, watch your crock pot and adjust accordingly! Now I'm going to take a pain pill and pass out.