Love Overflowing

Yummy in my tummy

on September 28, 2011

Ever make a meal that was super easy to prepare and tasted great? I really enjoy cooking and baking. What I don’t enjoy is cleaning up the mess I make. Unfortunately, I don’t cook as much as I want. No, we don’t eat out a lot. I just have a several meals that are my “go to” that I can just pop in the oven. You know, super easy. Zachary makes it really hard to cook. He is underfoot. All. The. Time. He wants picked up or he is pulling things out of the cabinet. Or opening the refrigerator a million times. Annoying enough to make me not want to cook until he’s older.

I ran across a few recipes that I have been wanting to try. I am sure I have mentioned how much I love cookbooks and recipes. I decided to finally a few out the other night. One I could prep while he was napping and just pop in the oven when it was time to prepare. I bet it would be a really good freezer meal too. The other, a dessert, I just put in the crockpot. Super easy. Emily loved the bake and even asked for seconds.

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/sour-cream-noodle-bake/

Ingredients

  • 1-¼ pound Ground Chuck
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • 1-¼ cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • ½ cups Sliced Green Onions (less To Taste)
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown ground chuck in a large skillet. Drain fat, then add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add green onions and stir.

To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

***** I used a pound of ground turkey, low fat sour cream and low fat cottage cheese.

Crock-Pot Baked Apples

http://skinnychef.com/recipes/baked-apples/   Found on Pinterest

Ingredients

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons trans-fat free margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Gala or Macintosh apples, cored
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
2 tablespoons orange liquor (optional)

Preheat a large crock-pot on high heat and preset it for 3 hours. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, walnuts, margarine, and cinnamon. Fill the apples with the filling and place them in the crock-pot. Pour in the apple juice or cider and the liquor, if using. Cover and cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours on high heat until the apples are soft and begin to collapse.

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