Slow Cooker Meals

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Crock Pot Lasagna
Serves 8
Preparation time: 20 Minutes 
Cooking time: 6-8  hours (overnight)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cups spinach, loosely packed, chopped 
1 pound 2% cottage cheese
2 cups + plus ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
26 ounce jar low sodium pasta sauce 
1 pound (about 3 cups)  zucchini, sliced, ¼-inch thick rounds
8 ounce no-boil whole wheat lasagna noodles
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated, divided 

Directions:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. Cook 5 minutes, or until water evaporates. Season with salt and pepper.
In mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Divide into 2 portions.
Grease slow cooker. Cover bottom with 1/3 of sauce and assemble as follows: single layer noodles, 1/3 of cooked vegetables, single layer zucchini, 1 portion of cottage cheese mixture, single layer of noodles. 
Repeat layering once in same order. Add layer of remaining sauce, cooked vegetables and zucchini.
Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella and remainder ¼ cup Parmesan cheese on top.
Cook on low for 5 hours or until noodles and zucchini are tender.


Hearty Crock Pot Roast
Serves 8

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:
2 pounds or more beef chuck roast
2 cups potatoes, quartered
2 cups onions, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 cups carrots, peeled, chopped small
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or as desired
1 Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Fresh rosemary and parsley for garnishing, if desired

Directions:
Season chuck roast with salt and pepper; brown in heavy skillet with oil.
Place browned meat, potatoes, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and chicken broth in crock pot. 

Cook on high for one hour. Add Italian seasoning; reduce heat to low and cook for 8 hours or overnight. 

Turn off heat and season with lemon juice to taste. 
Portion and serve with chopped fresh rosemary and parsley, if desired.


Savory Slow Cooker Chicken

Serves 8
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 
Cook Time: 9 hours

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or as needed
½ tablespoon oregano, dried
½ tablespoon thyme, dried
½ tablespoon basil, dried
6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (4 pound) whole chicken, giblet/neck packet removed from cavity
1/2 teaspoon salt
¼ tsp black pepper, ground
2 cups potatoes, quartered
2 cups carrots, peeled, chopped 
2 cups butternut or other hard squash, peeled and chunked
1 ½ cups onion, chopped
4 dashes paprika

Directions:
Pour 1 tablespoon oil into empty crock pot. Use paper napkin or toweling to grease crock pot by rubbing oil around bottom and lower half of crock pot walls.
Turn crock pot on low.
Place potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and onions in crock pot and mix with half of salt, pepper, and half of dried herbs.
Rub whole chicken with remaining olive oil, lemon juice, dried herbs and minced garlic and remaining salt and pepper. 
Place whole chicken, breast side down, in crock pot on top of vegetables; sprinkle chicken with paprika and cover and cook for about 9 hours.

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