Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe {Lightly!}

Crock Pot Lasagna {Lightly!} | Becky Cooks Lightly
Make lasagna? Too lazy...

Yesterday it rained all day, and all I wanted to do was snooze and watch Netflix. I've gotten addicted to a British mystery series called Midsomer Murders. I'm also a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple series. I'm sure this says something about me. I think it's a step up from my old favorite - horror. Just between us, I still enjoy creepy make-me-jump-out-of-my-seat horror films, just not the slashers (Wanna watch Friday 13th anyone?) that I used to watch as a teenager. 

After watching a few movies, I checked out a kindle book from my local library called Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers. It's given me a lot to worry about, and I'm thinking about starting a series on the blog called the Grain Free Experiment. Have you read the book? What did you think? Is a grain brain something you're concerned about? I have a Pinterest board that I'm using to post recipes that I'm going to potentially test and review. You can check it out if you're interested in grain free or paleo recipes. 

* Getting back to lazy day lasagna~ 

Lazy rainy days are also wonderful for making use of the slow cooker. I wanted the lasagna to make itself, and it practically did. Practically. If you have a lazy day, doesn't have to even be raining, check out this easy lasagna recipe

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly's recipe calls for broad egg noodles, and The Frugal Farm Girl has a Gluten Free Egg Noodle Recipe (you can make them wider). I haven't tried replacing store-bought egg noodles with her recipe yet, but it looks to be a good option. I will definitely give it a go next time. Here is another recipe by Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box: Gluten Free Egg Noodles. If you try either of these recipes, please share how they worked out for you.

If store bought is more your thing, I found MANISCHEWITZ Extra Wide Egg Noodles, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12). It's currently listed at $37.36 with free shipping. If you find it cheaper anywhere, please let us know in the comment section. I'm all about frugal meals.

Paleo/Grain Free bread to serve with lasagna~

Healthy Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe



Recipe by Frances Musser, Newmanstown, PA

Makes 6 servings
(Ideal slow-cooker size: 4-quart)

Calories: 300  ♥ Fat: 9 ♥ Carbs: 33g ♥ Fiber: 3g ♥ Protein: 21g ♥ Sodium: 590mg ♥ Cholesterol: 50mg  ♥ Points Plus: 9 ♥ Old Points: 6

Quick Lasagna

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised & Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  • ¼ lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 8-oz. pkg. broad egg noodles (see *gluten-free option above)
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
Author's note: If you wish, and your diet permits, add 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, or 1½ sp. dried basil and 1½ tsp. dried oregano, to step 3 of preparations.

Preparation
  1. Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet and set it aside.
  2. Cook noodles and drain. Toss the noodles with cheeses.
  3. Mix together browned beef and spaghetti sauce.
  4. Spoon one-third of meat sauce in bottom of slow cooker.
  5. Layer in half of noodles. Repeat layers.
  6. Cover. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  7. Grab your fork and enjoy!

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