We have barely stepped our feet into the stage of life where kids have their own thing going on and sometimes dinner time doesn't look like it did before.  One thing that Aaron and I desire for our family even as our kids get older and get more involved in their own things is family time.  We love meal times and value that time together with a family.  Unless Aaron's out of town there are not many nights we don't sit down together at the table and eat together as a family.

On Wed the two little boys have soccer practice until 5:30 and Aaron has band rehearsal until about that time as well, so by the time we all get back home we are ready to eat.  This is where the crock pot is a life saver.  I am trying to do meals in the crock pot on Wed so that when we get home dinner is ready and we're not scrounging around or eating out.

Last night I made crock pot lasagna.  I have made this before and I have to say it is so easy and super yummy!


1 diced onion

couple of gloves of garlic

oregano, basil

2 large cans crushed tomatoes (I used the fire roasted ones)

1 lb of ground something (all you meat eaters can do whatever you want … we did Boca meatless crumbles!)

3-4 cups shredded mozzarella

2 15 oz cottage cheese

1 box of lasagna noodles (we use whole wheat)

Brown 1 lb of something with onions, garlic, oregano, basil and throw in some salt and pepper of course  Toss in the crushed tomatoes.  You layer everything in the crock pot:  broken up dry noodles, meat mixture, cottage cheese, mozzarella.  I do about three layers, so just divide up everything you have by three and get to layering.  5 hours on low.  (I did about 2.5 on high last night)

So, there was my crock pot meal from last night.  What is your favorite crock pot meal?  I need some ideas!