For many families, Trick or Treat night is crazy busy. You barely get home from work and the kids are begging to go get some treats. Who even has time to think about supper? Well, here’s our treat to you–a recipe for lasagna that will be ready to eat when you are! 

Easy Slow-Cooker Lasagna

This lasagna tastes like you spent all day making it, without all of the work.

Ingredients

1 pound (16 ounces) ground beef

1/2 cup diced white onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 whole egg
2 tablespoons fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
6 uncooked lasagna noodles

Directions

  • Brown beef and onion in a skillet. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Drain extra juices.
  • Next add spaghetti sauce and water to skillet and simmer for  5 minutes.
  • Mix ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, egg and parsley in a separate bowl.
  • Pour 1 cup of spaghetti meat sauce into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Place half of the noodles and half of the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, cheese mixture, and meat sauce.
  • Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or until noodles are soft, being careful not to overcook. (Don’t try to speed up the process by cooking on high.) Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella and remaining Parmesan on top. Cover with the lid to melt the cheese and allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Source: Tablespoon

We at BeWell South Dakota wish you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Source: www.cdc.gov

 

Picking apples at our local apple orchard is a fun family event for many. Here is a healthy and simple recipe to try with all those apples you picked.
Apple Cinnamon ChipsCinnamon Apple Chips
Ingredients
  • 4 Apples, cored and sliced ⅛” thick (I used McIntosh)
  • 1-2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp. Granulated Sugar, if needed
  • Cooking Spray
For Instructions please see complete recipe at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Recipe Source: Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen


Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay safe and healthy.

1. Get Moving

Carve out time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!

Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.

2. Eat Well

Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.

Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.

3. Keep Your and Your Family’s Bite Healthy

Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day.

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

4. Play it Safe

Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flashlight.

5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds

Don’t get spooked by the flu, wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too!

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.

6. Don’t Be a Zombie

Sleep is important – even on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight!

Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

7. Be Afraid of Smoking

Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free. Being smoke-free is the way to be!

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking.

Source: CDC

Will you be carving your Jack O Lathern’s this weekend? If so, don’t throw away the guts. Instead,  make this yummy and healthy snack.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Cut off top 3 to 4 inches of pumpkin; scoop out seeds onto a clean work surface. Remove and discard stringy fiber from seeds, and then put in a strainer and rinse well.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add seeds, lower heat and boil gently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.

Place seeds in a medium bowl, toss with oil and spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast seeds, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until just crisp and golden brown, about 1 hour total. Let cool then shell or eat whole.

  • For spicy pumpkin seeds, mix 1/2 teaspoon each garlic salt, cumin, coriander and cardamom with seeds and oil before roasting.
  • For sweet pumpkin seeds, mix 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger and 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar with seeds and oil before roasting.
Recipe Source: Whole Foods