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Thursday, March 05 2009

Everyone knows how hard it can be to come up with new dinner ideas that the family will enjoy. Not only that, but the recipe really should be quick and easy on the cook too. Crock pots are a must-have these days, but after way too many beef stews and gumbos, what can be made that will get them running to the table rather than grumbling away from it?

There are literally hundreds of family favorite crock pot recipes that adults and kids alike love. Easy Ziti  Lasagna, Easy Pulled Pork and Tortilla Chicken are three easy and delicious crock pot recipes that families love and are quick to put together in the morning for a great family dinner later.

Easy Ziti  Lasagna

1 box ziti

2 - 28-oz jars pasta sauce

1 egg

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb sausage

2 tbl olive oil

1 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 bag Mozzarella cheese

16-20 oz. Ricotta cheese

2 eggs

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes

dash salt & pepper

Grease crock-pot, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Cook ziti according to package directions, drain. Brown and drain meat. Toss pasta with olive oil. Add pasta sauce to mixture, toss well. Stir together parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/2 bag mozzarella cheese, and browned meat. Can sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Beat together ricotta, 2 eggs, parmesan, parsley, salt & pepper. Pour half of pasta/sauce/meat mixture into crock-pot. Spread entire ricotta mixture over first layer of pasta. Cover ricotta layer with remaining pasta mixture, and cover with remaining cheese. Cover, and cook on low 4-6 hours.

Easy Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipe

1 (5 pound) pork butt roast

salt and pepper to taste

1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

1/4 cup brewed coffee

Cut roast in half. Rub each half with salt and pepper, and place in the slow cooker. Pour broth and coffee over the meat. Turn the slow cooker to Low, and cover. Cook for 6 to 8 hours, or until the roast is fork tender. Carefully remove the roast to a cutting board. Pull the meat off the bone with a fork.

Crock Pot Tortilla Chicken

1 dozen corn tortillas

3 cans cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup

1 (8oz) pkg. Jack cheese, grated

1 (8oz) pkg. Cheddar cheese, grated

2 cans (4oz each) chopped chiles

1 boiled deboned chicken (3 to 4 cups chopped)

1/2 med. onion, diced

Layer in a crockpot: Soup, tortillas, cheese, chicken, chiles, onion, soup; repeat, etc. until ingredients are used up. Start on high for 1/2 hour. Reduce temperature to low and cook for 6 hours.

Find more quick and easy family crock pot recipes at http://familycrockpotrecipes.com

Posted by: Send a Meal AT 09:23 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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