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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

EAT, family meals By February 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

Is there anything possibly more satisfying than a great butter chicken spread over basmati rice?  (Besides a good chardonnay to go with it).  My kids adore Indian butter chicken, and you can vary the degree of spice based on your taste (and their tolerance!).  The list of ingredients may be long, but check out the 2-step directions.  Complex flavours and easy assembly.  We heart you, slow cooker butter chicken.  Sorry, but we can’t help with the pakoras.


Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

EAT, family meals By February 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I made this slow cooker lasagna recipe with the kids and claimed back tons of time for play as it bubbled away for 6 hours.  The hard noodles softened and I actually found the end result to be more firm and flavourful than my Mom’s more labour-intensive version!  Plus, the hidden quinoa and fresh herbs make it much healthier.  You may find some Walmart slow cookers at a good price.


1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground sausage, pork or chicken (you could also do a vegetarian/tofu meat substitute)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 cans (15 ounces each) Italian-style tomato sauce
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
15 uncooked lasagna noodles
3/4 cup dry quinoa
chopped parsley

1.  Cook the meat and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, herbs and salt.
2.  Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)
3. Spoon one-fourth of the meat mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the meat mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture, a layer of quinoa and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
4. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender.
5. Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Broil on low in the oven (optional) for 5 minutes. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top.  Cut into pieces.