Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


If you know me or you follow my blog you know I don't like chicken or turkey.  In fact, I refuse to eat it or anything that has it in it.  However, I get more requests for chicken/turkey recipes than for anything else so here is a recipe for you that Family Circle sent me.

  • medium-size onion, chopped
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds  ground turkey
  • teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 15 ounce container low-fat ricotta
  • cup  Italian-blend shredded cheese
  • 12 lasagna noodles (12 ounces) broken in half
  • 10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 26 ounce jar chunky tomato sauce

1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook onions and garlic over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until softened. Add turkey to skillet and cook, breaking up large chunks, for about 6 minutes or until no longer pink; drain fat. Season turkey with oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine ricotta and 1/2 cup of the Italian shredded cheese.
3. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, layer half the uncooked noodles, overlapping as necessary. Spread half of both the meat mixture and broccoli over noodles, then top with about half of the tomato sauce and 1/4 cup water. Gently spread ricotta mixture on top, and continue layering with remaining noodles, meat, broccoli, sauce and an additional 1/4 cup water.
4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 5 hours. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese on top for last 15 minutes of cooking time or until melted.

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