Crockpot Meals for Valentine's Day
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Crockpot Meals for Valentine’s Day

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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You can make a lovely meal from your crockpot for Valentine's Day instead of spending money at a restaurant.  Try these crockpot recipes!The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to spend time with the special person in your life. It doesn’t have to involve an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant. Make a Valentine’s Day meal from your crockpot instead. You won’t need a reservation!

Crockpot Valentine’s Day Recipes

Crockpot Lasagna
Time2Save has an awesome recipe for Lasagna that you can make in your crockpot. They have step-by-step photos of the process on their website. You will need:

* 1 lb of ground beef
* 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
* 1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can)
* 12 ounces of ricotta cheese
* 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
* 1 egg
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
* 1/2 onion (chopped)
* 1 package of no-cook lasagna noodles (8 ounces)

Brown ground beef and chopped onions in a pan. Remove the grease. Add the pasta sauce, tomatoes, and water. Cook on medium heat as you stir. Put heat on low and let it simmer. In a bowl, mix the egg and ricotta cheese. Now you are ready to pour 1 /5 of your meat mixture into your crockpot. Top with a layer of dry noodles. Spread some of the ricotta cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese, and then the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layering until you have 3 layers or are out of ingredients. Cook on low for 4 or 5 hours.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala
This recipe came from Frugal Foodie Mama. You will need:

* 4 or 5 chicken breasts (trimmed of fat)
* 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (10.5 ounces)
* 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sliced)
* 1 package of dry onion soup mix
* 1/2 cup Marsala wine
* 2 tablespoons of butter
* 1/4 cup half & half
* Pasta (or rice) for 4

Whisk the cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, and Marsala wine in a bowl. Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the chicken breasts and mushroom slices. Pour the soup mixture over it. Mix together. Cook on low for 5 or 6 hours. Serve over cooked rice or pasta.

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