Saturday, April 26, 2008

Feeding seven

Yesterday was my weekly store run. We've had to up the budget a bit (a tiny bit) to cover more children. However, I'm still able to feed seven people for a week at around $140. We only eat out three times a week(Sunday and Thursday at lunch and Wednesday church dinner), so that covers every other meal and snack. Not too shabby.

I have tried something new that I think is going to work quite nicely. The 'ole Duggar quiver lists some family recipes. I figured I could half their regular fare and be able to feed my family with maybe a bit to spare.

Unfortunately, I found the Duggar recipes to be fairly unhealthy (lots of cream of "whatever" soups, and bleached flours and pastas, etc). So, it took just a little rethinking, and I have discovered some gems. I have reworked several of their recipes, replacing meat with beans, soy or rice milk for cream of "whatever" soups, whole wheat with bleached out foods, etc.

Last night I made the Duggar Slow Cooker Lasagna with a Christine twist, and it was GONE (so much for having a bit to spare)! I thought I would share:

Duggar Slow Cooker Lasagna with a Christine Twist

Two cans black beans (drained)
Two jars of Classico spaghetti sauce (about $3 a jar, but no refined sugars - yea, Classico!)
1 box of whole wheat lasagna noodles (uncooked)
1 large tub of no fat cottage cheese
Your favorite Italian seasonings
3/4 cup water
About three cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Combine the black beans, spaghetti sauce, water and seasonings in a bowl (I just sprinkle a bunch of oregano all over it - next time I'll also mince some fresh garlic). In your crock pot, spread a tiny bit of the bean/sauce mixture. Then, make layers that go like this: four noodles, bean/sauce mixture, cottage cheese, mozzarella. Repeat this four times. Put it on low, and let it cook for about 3-5 hours.

Then, watch it disappear.


Kaylie said...

I love slow cooker lasagna. I have a recipe, but yours looks much better and healthier than mine.

Stephanie said...

i love black beans, but never thought of them in lasagna. Interesting.

Shan said...

I do love my slow cooker lasagna but I don't make it very often because it is cheese filled to the brim! Thank you for the recipe. It sounds very tasty and healthy indeed. I am much more likely to make a friendly dinner earlier in the day so this will be great. I get REAL lazy by 4:30ish and am tempted to serve Shan's slop surprise(which is not always reliable) if I don't think about it before crunchtime.

My whole family REALLY loved the granola bar recipe, btw. I have been afraid to make it again since I was left alone with it one day and it kept pestering me until I had to finish it once and for all! snort snort :-}

Annee said...

I am going to have to try this. I love my crock pot! I need some creative ideas for lunches. Do you have any?

Noah Bear said...

Ah, that sounds delish! Please post all your Duggar recipes with a Christine twist, please!!


Leslie said...

My hubs is the lasagna king, but it's a huge mess and very time consuming. I have to try this. I will still bow to the lasagna king, but if it keeps my kitchen cleaner and doesn't take hours hands-on, then I'm there!
Oh, and I recently realized the yumminess of Classico. Way better than Prego/Ragu/junk. And it's been on sale for $2..can't beat that!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Buy canned tomato sauce or puree - much cheaper - and then add your own seasonings.

beth said...

This is a new idea for me. But guess what we're having for dinner tonight? Just got it in the crockpot - we'll see how it goes. My kids are skeptical (they are lasagna purists) but I hope to convince them tonight...

beth said...

Crock pot lasagna.

Big yum.


Huge hit.

Will make again.

Summer said...

I've got this in the crockpot right now. It took a while to make it, I was getting dirty looks over the cottage cheese. LOL