Somewhere over night I picked up a super head cold and feels like my head is in middle of ocean, sloshing around in a life raft..
Here's something all of you might try;
Crock-Pot Baked Caramel Apples -
using a 6 qt oval crock pot/slow cooker you should be able to fit in 4/5/6 medium sized apples, Granny Smiths work real good.
2 t vanilla
1/2 cup water
Stuffing items -
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries or chopped up dates
1/2 cup walnut/pecan halves or pieces
Pour the water into the bottom of your crock pot & stir in the vanilla.
Wash and core your apples and maybe using a knife make the core a little larger
Put the apples into the vanilla water.
Stuff the apples with 1 cube of caramel and some of the stuffing items and shove a bit of brown sugar into each core also.
any extra stuffing items and sugar can be used to top off the apples.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7, just make sure the apples don't get to soggy to handle.
And while all that is cooking you can put together this main dish -
Cottage Cheese Manicotti
"Simple to fix - the manicotti shells do not need to be precooked!"
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 (8 oz) cans unsalted tomato sauce
2 (16 oz) cans unsalted tomatoes
1-1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 cups non-fat cottage cheese OR
1 cup non-fat cottage cheese and 1 can drained cooked spinach
3 tablespoons freshly grated non-fat cheese
2 egg whites
1/4 cup chopped parsley
8 oz uncooked manicotti shells (15 pieces)
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Sauté garlic in olive oil. Add tomato sauce and tomatoes; stir in oregano and parsley.
Bring to a boil and simmer covered for a minimum of 20 minutes, up to 2 hours, stirring
occasionally. Makes 5 cups of sauce.
Combine filling ingredients and stuff uncooked manicotti shells using a small butter
knife or a spoon.
Fill bottom of a 9"x13" casserole dish with 2 cups of tomato sauce.
Arrange stuffed manicotti shells in a single layer over sauce, side by side.
Cover shells with remaining 3 cups of sauce and pour 1 cup of water over all.
Tightly cover dish with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Makes 5-6 servings.