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Crockpot Lasagna

1 pound ground beef
1 jar (28 ounce) spaghetti sauce (or your own homemade)
1 cup water
1 container (15 ounce) Ricotta cheese
1 package (7 ounce) shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat and drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.
Mix ricotta, 1½ cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and parsley in separate bowl.
Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into crockpot, top with layers of half each of the noodles, broken to fit, and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups of meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit, cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.
Cook on Low 4–6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses, let stand covered, 10 min or until melted.
Do not cook this recipe on high.

From Janine Nacht, Elgin, IL.

Drusilla's Health & Wellness Recipe
Quick Sweet Freezer Pickle Slices

These pickles stay crisp after freezing. You can add them to salads, serve as a side or top your favorite sandwiches. For best results, use within a year. Use plastic freezer containers, zip closure freezer bags or freezer jars.

2 quarts cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon salt (table salt or canning salt)
1½ cups sugar
½ cup white vinegar

Place cucumbers in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and using clean hands, mix together. Cover and let stand for 2 hours. Meanwhile, combine sugar and vinegar; set aside.

When cucumbers are ready; drain well in a colander. Return cucumbers to bowl and pour vinegar mixture over all. Stir. Pack into freezer containers leaving ½ inch headspace for expansion during freezing. Label, date and freeze. Pickles are ready to eat in 4 days or freeze for up to a year.

Makes about 10 cups.

Nutrition Facts per ½ cup serving: serving size 2 tablespoons; 15 calories, fat 0g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 35g, carbohydrate 4g

Cooking Tips
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  • Goodbye fruit flies—To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it half way with apple cider vinegar and two drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Kitchen Tip

Refrigerator: To prevent formation of ice, rub table salt to the insides of your freezer.

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