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Recipe: Romantic Dinner on a Budget

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Spinach Lasagna

1 pound ground beef, browned
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (use specific amount to your liking)
3/4 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 bag spinach
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated parmesan

Cheese mixture:
4 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
1 cup cottage cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground meat and drain off fat
4. Stir together spaghetti sauce, meat, and spices
5. Mix together all ingredients for cheese mixture
6. Layer lasagna in an 8×8 baking dish with meat sauce, 1/2 of the cheese mixture, a layer of spinach, 1/2 of the shredded mozzarella, then repeat
7. Top with grated parmesan
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes

Garlic Knots

Package of raw pizza dough
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Dried or fresh basil to taste
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup fresh parsley


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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Roll dough into several logs and twist into a knot
3. Add knots to the edge of a buttered cast iron skillet or baking dish
4. Mix all cheeses, 3 cloves of chopped garlic, red pepper, and basil
5. Add cheese mixture to the center of the pan
6. In a separate dish, add melted butter, 3 cloves chopped garlic, and fresh parsley
7. Brush the tops of the bread knots with melted butter mixture
8. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

Brownie Trifle

1 Box brownie mix (and all the ingredients listed on box)
2 1/2 cups milk
Small box of instant vanilla pudding
Small box of instant white chocolate pudding
2–3 Heath bars, crushed
Small container of Cool Whip, thawed

1. Bake brownies according to package direction in a 9×13 pan; then let cool
2. Beat milk and instant pudding packages on low for 2 minutes; let sit for 2 minutes
3. Fold thawed whipped cream into pudding mixture
4. Cut brownies into 1-inch squares
5. Layer trifle first with 1/2 of the brownies; then add 1/2 of the whipped cream mixture, the remaining brownies, and the remaining whipped cream mixture
6. Top with crushed Heath bars

Recipes from my other cooking vlogs will be coming soon!

Rachel Cruze

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Rachel Cruze

Rachel Cruze is a two-time #1 national bestselling author, financial expert and host of The Rachel Cruze Show. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today and Live With Kelly & Ryan, among others. Since 2010, Rachel has served at Ramsey Solutions, where she teaches people how to avoid debt, save money, budget and win with money at any stage in life. Learn More.

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