Crock Pot Lasagna

Did you know that you can make lasagna without pre cooking the noodles?  Well you can, and while you’re at it you can do it all in a crockpot!  These tips will save you not only cooking time but clean up time as well.  This is one of those very versatile recipes that you can make your own. You can use so many different types of lasagna noodles, as well as different veggies of your choice.  Another perfect idea for a pot luck or when you are feeding a crowd.  Cooking for one? No problem, this is a great way to meal prep.

Ingredients serves 10 Cost
1 9 lasagna noodles $1.39*
2 container ricotta cheese $1.99
3  container cottage cheese $1.99
4 2 jars spaghetti sauce ( you will have some left over $ 3.98
5 1/2 c Shredded mozzerela cheese (parm cheese and spinach optionsal )  

$1.49*

  Total $10.84( $1.84per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Bowl
Calories 155
Carbs 20.1g
Fats 4.6g
Protein 9.2g
Sugar 3.7g
Fiber 1.9g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a crock pot with non stick spray, and line the bottom with uncooked lasagna noodles.

Step 2:   Mix the ricotta cheese and cottage cheese ,( parmesan cheese optional the calorie count here does include it)

Step 3:  Use half of the cheese to top the bottom layers of noodles, and now add spinach ( optional) and top with 1/2 jar of sauce.  Repeat another layer of noodles, cheese, spinach sauce , and end with a layer of noodles.

Step 4:  Pour all of the remaining sauce on top of the final noodle layer and sprinkle with a 1/2 c of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low 4-6 hours.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Enchilada

Want the perfect crowd pleaser for under $1 a serving?  How about whipping up a batch of these super easy crock pot enchiladas?  Serves 10 , with no fuss and hardly any clean up.  This is also a great dish to bring to a pot luck, it will be the fan favorite. It’s our little secret just how easy it is.

Ingredients serves 10 Cost
1 4 extra large flour tortillas (Trader Joe’s) $0.75*
2 2.5C lite shredded 3 cheese blend ( Trader Joe’s) $2.29*
3  3/4 c diced yellow onion $0.98*
4 2 cans organic refried pinto beans with salsa ( Trader Joe’s) $3.98
5 1 1/2 C Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce $1.29*
  Total $9.29( $0.93 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 297
Carbs 37.5g
Fats 7.6g
Protein 16.9g
Sugar 3.5g
Fiber 4.4g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a crock pot  set on high, with some olive oil spray.

Step 2:  Place one of the tortillas on the bottom of the crock pot, and start layering your ingredients, starting with a half of the can of beans.

Step 3:  Sprinkle with some of the onions, cheese blend, and then some sauce.

Step 4:  You want to finish with a tortilla on top that you add cheese and sauce too. Cook on high for about 2 hours.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage

Whenever I need to get my diet back on track I turn to cabbage, since it is such a filling low carb meal.  The very first Min Din I posted was unstuffed cabbage.  It was a huge success, that I came up with a different, yet just as tasty crock pot version.  This recipe is a combination of my recipe, and my fathers amazing recipe all rolled into one.

Ingredients serves 6 Cost
1 1 lb. very lean ground beef $5.49
2 1 bag of shredded cabbage $1.99
3  1/2 bottle of ketchup $1.24*
4 1 cup sauerkraut $ 1.22*
5 1/4 C water
  Total $9.94( $1.65 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 132
Carbs 8.9g
Fats 3g
Protein 16.8g
Sugar 7.2g
Fiber 3.4g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a cast iron skillet over m/h heat with olive oil spray. Place the ground beef in the pan, and break it up using your handy, dandy chopping tool.

Step 2:  When the beef is 90 percent cooked transfer it to a crock pot, no need to drain, or cook all the way through as it will finish cooking in the crock pot.

Step 3:  Add the remaining ingredients.  You can add more water as needed but start with the 1/4 c.  Cook for 3hours on high, or 6 hours on low.

Step 4:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Jambalaya

Looking for a quick and easy Jambalaya?  Look no further.  This yummy and did I mention quick Jambalaya, will leave you reaching for a second helping. At only 189 calories a serving, go for it.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1 piece of tilapia $1.99
2 2T  fresh cilantro $0.25
3  4   apple chicken sausages cut up $2.99
4 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower, butternut squash risotto $ 2.49
  Total $7.72( $1.93 per serving)

 

 

 

 

Unstuffed Eggroll

 

Eggrolls, are usually an appetizer, but  what if you could serve them as a meal, and without the deep frying?  Now you can!  This tastes just like a chicken eggroll, minus the calories.  Here is one that even the fussiest of eaters will love.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1 bag shredded cabbage $1.99
2 1lb chicken breast tenders $7.49
3  4 scallions $0.25
4 1/2 bottle sweet chili sauce $ 1.20
  Total $ 10.93($2.73 per serving

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Bowl
Calories 191
Carbs 20.2g
Fats 0.5g
Protein 23.1g
Sugar 2.5g
Fiber 2.1g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a non stick skillet over m/h heat with a little olive oil spray. Place the chicken tenders in the skillet and fry, turn when one side is done.

Step 2:  After you turn your chicken over, top with a whole bag of the shredded cabbage, and the chopped scallions.

Step 3:  Pour a half bottle of sweet chili sauce on top and cover with a lid.

Step 4:  When all is cooked through the cabbage will be cooked and wilted, give a quick stir.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Taking an old time  recipe and turning it into something modern, and healthy is one of my favorite things to do.  I would never make traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu, as it is too time consuming, and fattening, but this version I would make any day of the week and I hope you will too!  Super high in protein, without any of the fat.  When you want a really low carb dish, this one is for you.  Don’t forget to keep sending in your finished product for the testimonial page.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1 lb chicken breast tenders $7.49
2 4 slices uncured turkey bacon (Trader Joe’s) $0.50
3  4T artichoke bruschetta spread(Trader Joe’s) $0.58
4 8T imitation mozzarella shreds ( almond milk) $ 1.20
  Total $9.77 ( $2.44 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 219
Carbs 5.2g
Fats 8.1g
Protein 32.2g
Sugar 1.5g
Fiber 0g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a non stick skillet over m/h heat with  olive oil ( or spray of your choice.) Place the chicken tenders in the skillet and fry, turn when one side is done.

Step 2:  After you flip your chicken tenders, place 4 slices of turkey bacon over top.

Step 3:  Spoon the artichoke spread over top making sure that each piece has some on it.

Step 4:  Sprinkle with the imitation cheese, and cover to allow cheese to melt, and all to cook through.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Love Pad Thai, but cutting down on carbs?  No problem, I got your back, or stomach for that matter.  Swapping out the noodles for spaghetti squash saves you calories, and carbs without compromising on taste.  it is also a great way to sneak in another veggie for your family.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1 spaghetti squash $1.99
2 1lb chicken breast tenders $7.49
3  4T soytaki sauce from Trader Joe’s $0.58
4 1 bag frozen oriental vegetables (no sauce) $ 2.49
5 1T chopped peanuts (optional)
  Total $12.55 ( $3.14 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Bowl
Calories 254
Carbs 20.4g
Fats 11.7g
Protein 19.5g
Sugar 8.8g
Fiber 2.8g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a non stick skillet over m/h heat with coconut oil spray( or spray of your choice.) Place the chicken tenders in the skillet and fry, turn when one side is done.

Step 2:  While you are browning your chicken tenders, pierce a whole spaghetti squash with a fork and microwave for 6 minutes to make it easy to slice in half, once halved, place back in the microwave for an additional 6 minutes covered with a microwave safe lid.

Step 3:  Add the full bag of oriental vegetables to the chicken, I like to have my bag defrosted so they  cook quicker.  Stir in 4T of the soyvaki sauce.

Step 4:  cut each of the squash in half so that you get four servings, take a fork and turn the squash into spaghetti, now spoon some of the mixture into each portion of the spaghetti squash. (photo can be found on my instagram), sprinkle with some peanuts(optional).

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Big Mac In A Bowl

 

One of my favorite memories from growing up was waiting for my father to bring home McDonalds, every Sunday for lunch.  These were the days before self phones, so I would wait patiently for my beloved Big Mac. Fast forward to present day, I still love a good Big Mac, but I don’t love all the calories, not so easy to burn as we get older.  Here is a great recipe when you crave something naughty, but want to be good.  This really tastes just like in a Big Mac… but in a bowl.

 

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1lb 4% fat ground beef $5.99
2 1/4c shredded mild cheddar cheese $0.75*
3 4T Trader Joes tartar sauce $1.00*
4 4T ketchup $0.58*
5 1c shredded iceberg lettuce $1.99
6

7

 

4T Diced onion

4 kosher dill pickles ( Bubbies Brand)

Total

$0.80*

$1.49*

$12.60( $3.15 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 254
Carbs 14g
Fats 13.8g
Protein 15.5g
Sugar 8.5g
Fiber 1g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Brown your ground beef in a fry pan set on m/h.

Step 2:   Mix the tarter sauce, and ketchup in a bowl to use as your special sauce.

Step 3:   chop your pickle

Step 4:  Divide the ingredients up so you can make 4 bowls. Once you add to bowls top with sauce.

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Two Course Gourmet Meal In Under 5 Minutes

 

I have read numerous times that by the time you are 30 you should know how to cook at least one two course meal that will impress guests.  What about if I could show you how to cook that meal in under 5 minutes? Sound too good to be true?  It’s not with Min Dins.  After over 30 years of cooking home made meals most every day, I have figured out, just about every short cut, and now I am sharing all of my secrets with you.   Next time you want to wow your family and or friends with your culinary skills, whip up this tasty duo,  it will be our little secret just how easy it is.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1lb chicken breast tenders $6.49
2 1 bag mushroom risotto frozen $2.99
3 4T fig spread $080
4 1 bag washed baby arugula  

$2.99

5

6

7

4 peach halves from a jar

buratta cheese ( One container from Trader Joe’s)

Fat Free balsamic vinegar dressing

$0.90

$2.99

$2.99

 

 

Total  

$20.15/$5.03 per serving

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving                                                                             Salad/Main
Calories 105/247
Carbs 2/32.8
Fats 7/3.4
Protein 5/18.8
Sugar 2/13.8
Fiber 0/1.8
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  Spray a pan with a little olive oil spray, on m/h heat start cooking your chicken breast tenders.  They cook fast so make sure to watch and turn them as needed.   You can defrost your risotto on your counter top so you don’t have to add water to it or anything, and then microwave it so it is hot for about 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 2:   While your chicken is cooking, now is a good time to put together your salad.  Place a whole bag of washed baby arugula in a bowl.  Put four peach halves right from the jar on the salad, place some burrata cheese balls on the salad and then drizzle with  fat free balsamic dressing.  So easy your salad is done!!

Step 3:   Your chicken should almost be done by now, so now is a good time to add some fig spread to the top of the chicken pieces and cover the pan for a minute or so.

Step 4:  Pour the risotto bag onto a pretty serving platter, and place the chicken strips over the top laying them across the whole thing. ( check out my instagram  for a beautiful photo.)

Step 5:  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Indian Chicken Thigh Recipe

I know it isn’t Crocktober yet, but here is  a crockpot teaser for you.  Crockpots are game changers when it comes to quick and easy meals.  You can put all your ingredients in and forget about it for the next 5-8 hours, not to mention how wonderful your house will smell.  This recipe starts off in the crock pot, but I find it easier to finish it off right on your stove top.  Making chicken thighs in a crockpot will become your favorite way to prepare them, as they are fall apart soft, never dry and just plain yum.

Ingredients serves 4 Cost
1 1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs $7.89
2 1/4/c Thai yellow curry sauce ( Trader Joe’s) $0.75*
3 1 jar roasted red peppers $1.99
4 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower $2.49
  Total $13.12( $3.28 per serving)

 

* Price reflects amount used in recipe ingredients sourced from Trader Joe’s

 

Nutrition Per Serving
Calories 185
Carbs 5.2g
Fats 8.8g
Protein 19.8g
Sugar 2.8g
Fiber 1.8g
Source: MyFitnessPal

*Ingredients found at Trader Joe’s

Directions

Step 1:  In the A.M put a package of boneless chicken thighs into a crockpot turned on high and let cook for 5 hours. ( I spray my crockpot with a bit of olive oil spray first so nothing sticks.)  If you happen to be home and you want to add the remaining ingredients into your crockpot the last hour of cooking feel free. Otherwise jump to step 2

Step 2:   Defrost your cauliflower in the fridge the night before so that your house doesn’t smell from defrosting it in the microwave.  Spray your fry pan with a  bit of olive oil spray. Pour the riced cauliflower into fry pan on your stove set to m/h heat.

Step 3:   Place your chicken thighs on top of the cauliflower rice.

Step 4:  Drain the roasted red peppers, and place on top of the chicken thighs.  Pour 1/4 c of the Thai curry sauce on top, and cover with a lid to warm up.

Step 5:  Enjoy!