ROANOKE, Va.—Dining in is the new dining out.
According the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, the average household spent more than $2,700 on dining out in 2009. Eating at home can save your family thousands of dollars a year. But it doesn't have to mean long hours in the kitchen.
Kristin Brittle, a registered dietitian, offers these recipes to trade in "ho-hum" for "yum" when it comes to home cooking.
Slow Cooker Fresh Veggie Lasagna
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours
Yield: 6 servings
nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup part-skim Ricotta cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup low-sodium, fat-free marinara sauce (plus additional for
1 medium zucchini, diced
4 no-boil lasagna noodles