Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here!!  I love baked pasta in all it’s many forms – be it the super versatile Meat Lover’s 3-Cheese Baked Rigatoni or our much loved Freezer Lasagna Recipe – you can’t go a week in this house without having pasta (and Mexican) for supper!

This Ravioli Lasagna bake is the same concept as any other baked pasta that I make – with one exception – MORE CHEESE!  Guys- there is cheese within cheese within cheese here.  Not to mention you really oughtta serve it with parmesan cheese just for good measure.

We have a high school girls’ retreat coming up at church and I want to make stuff the girls will really like.  Since I know how much they *heart* cheese and carbs, and are picky about certain veggies, etc…  I figured this would go over well ;)

Here are the basic steps to layer up your ravioli lasagna – note that MORE cheese can be added in any of these steps – this is just to give you an idea how I did it.

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Ravioli Lasagna Recipe Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Pour a layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish
  3. Lay out frozen ravioli side by side in sauce
  4. Cover ravioli with sauce (You see, the sauce on both sides makes sure the ravioli does it’s boiling in the oven)
  5. Sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese on top
  6. Lay out ravioli side by side again (Photo 1)
  7. Cover with sauce (Photo 2)
  8. Plop on several dollops of ricotta cheese (Photo 3)
  9. Finish with another layer of mozarella (Photo 4)
  10. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes

I used up about a jar and a half of sauce for this when I cooked it on Monday – and put the extra half a jar of sauce and half a container of ricotta back in the fridge for Friday – when we made it again for our Meatless meal.  Noone complained – they boys said they could eat this every day!

Regarding ravioli stacking…. I had an extra large 10″ x 15″ Pyrex dish (It is my FAVORITE baking dish for our large family) – so I was able to make 2 layers of 24 ravioli.  If you have a smaller dish, you’ll probably want to do 3 layers since less will fit in the dish.

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes Recipe

Jamie here!  With the weather going through cold spells every few days here in Tennessee, I thought it was a good time to remind you that pancakes are a great way to use up those apples and bananas that are starting to go soft!  You can make a big batch and freeze them for easy school morning breakfasts :)

I may have mentioned before to you that I am not a morning person.  My kids know this – and yet they still suffer under delusions that I might get a wild hair one morning, hop out of bed early and whip up a batch of pancakes before they leave for school.  The poor dears.

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Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

(Seriously – the easiest ever)

Hi guys,  Jamie here!  It’s Birthday Eve for my nearly 10 year old, and I’m getting ready to bake my second Minecraft cake in as many years.   I’m scrolling through images online of Marzipan Steves and meticulously placed fondant pixels – and feeling a little worried this time around.  See, last year I was able to get away with the easiest, most cheater cake in the history of cheater cakes.  This year – I’ll have to do something different, new and not  completely dependent on Hershey bars….

But if you’re looking for an incredibly easy Minecraft Cake, I hope this helps you!

{Please excuse the terrible pictures – I would tell you the long sad tale of how I lost two years of photos except for what’s on my Instagram account – but that is a story no one wants to hear (not even me).}

To make a Minecraft cake that looks like a Creeper – just bake a rectangular cake according to the directions.  Then dye a can of icing green and spread it across the cake.  And lastly, use a few Hershey Bars to create the Creeper’s face.

There’s not really an exact science to this – but I will say it helped to plan my chocolate face out on paper before I started breaking it into sections.  Those Creeper jowels can be a little tricky ;)

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For the Creeper Cupcakes, we thought we were fancy for a quick minute and bought a box of black fondant.  FAIL.

It was difficult to work with, sticky, tasted terrible – and didn’t look half as good as a perfectly delicious Hershey bar would’ve.  So my advice – stick with Hershey – he won’t do you wrong.

The good news is, that both of these are easy enough for your child to help you decorate.  My son was thrilled to be able to decorate the cupcakes for his class all by himself – I’m sure he was proud to tell them all that he’d made the faces :)

 

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Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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These healthy instant pot recipes will make you so glad you have an instant pot to help you out on busy days.  Anything that makes healthy eating a little more manageable is pretty worthwhile in my book!

Just in case you’ve been wondering “what the heck is an instant pot??” – it’s a modernized pressure cooker that takes the work (and time) out of cooking without the difficulty factor that scared many away from old fashioned pressure cookers.  For those of you considering it, here’s how to choose the right instant pot.

Ready to try out some new recipes in YOUR instant pot?  Check these out!

1. Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

2. Tortilla Soup

3. Pressure Cooker Applesauce

4. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

5. Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

6. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

7. Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

8. Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

9. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

10. Simple Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot

Need more ideas?

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And check out our Instant Pot BEST Recipes Pinterest Board  - now with over 80 Instant Pot Recipes you’ll want to try!

More about the Instant Pot:

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

If you struggle to get dinner on the table because of your hectic schedule – the Instant Pot might be a lifesaver for you! 

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos (+ How to Start with Grilled Chicken)

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 Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Jamie here!  I realized the other day that although I make this dish EVERY WEEK (no kidding – we just don’t tire of it) - I’ve never taken the time to give it it’s own recipe post.  Maybe it just seems so simple to me that it doesn’t deserve any fuss – but it’s so vitally important to my weekly menu-plan that I finally had to write about it!

I hope you’ll like it, and after adjusting it to your taste, it becomes a handy staple to fall back on as well :)  Nothing like just walking over and scooping something out of your crock pot right when your whole crew starts complaining of being hungry….

 

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