Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Accidental Deliciousness

As soon as I knew that I would start working evenings, I headed straight to Pinterest.  I created a board entitled, "Daddy Dinners," and started pinning crock pot meals and make ahead dishes that would be easy for Andrew on the nights that I work.  Now Andrew is fully capable of microwaving cooking a meal for the kids, but I know firsthand how hard it is to make a healthy meal that we will all eat, at the same time both kids seem to turn into clinging monsters. Plus, I'm OCD and like to have control over the meals :).  

For my first night of work, I planned to make crockpot lasagna.  I thought I had everything from the store, but turns out I was missing the key ingredient...lasagna noodles.  So, then I found this recipe for crockpot spaghetti.  Well, I didn't have everything for that either.  Enter my superb cooking skills and flexibility (and sarcasm) and I created a delicious meal that we loved!  Here's the recipe and a few pictures that I quickly snapped while holding Audrey and trying to obviously they are stellar ;).  I hope you enjoy!

1 lb ground beef
Italian seasoning
8 oz cottage cheese
8 oz ricotta
1/2 box of spaghetti
Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (or homemade if you're fancy)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Brown ground beef.  When it's almost finished, sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and salt/pepper.
2. While the meat is cooking, in a separate bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and ricotta.  
3. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.  Poor half of the sauce in the bottom.  Layer the ground beef on top of the sauce.  Next, break the spaghetti into thirds and lay on top of the meat.  Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top and then cover with the cheese mixture.  Pour the rest of the sauce over that, so that the spaghetti is completely covered.  Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
4. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.  

You could use ground turkey or sausage as well.  This was on sale.
I swear this post is not sponsored by Kroger.
Cottage cheese/Ricotta mixture
Layers of yumminess.
I was finally able to put her down when I gave her this apple.

Make sure the spaghetti is fully covered.

Mine was finished after 3 hours!
So it doesn't "plate" well.  But man is it good, and so are leftovers!

I'm not sure of the nutritional value, but as long as you don't eat the whole thing, it's really not bad.  I had a veggie filled salad as a side...the kids and Andrew had corn :).  Here's to more accidental deliciousness!

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