simple slow cooker recipes

Feeding an early-morning crowd? As good as it is to come home to a nice dinner you’ve made in advance, it’s even a sweeter to roll out of bed and have a delicious meal waiting for you. Try one (or two!) of these incredible new slow-cooker breakfast recipes. It’s a great way to venture away from your standard cereal bowl once in a while.

1.      Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Tart apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts — what’s not to love? A bowl of oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfasts that you can think of. Not to mention, shredded apple and a dash of cinnamon complement the wonderfully earthy flavor of the grain. Not to mention, the best part about making this oatmeal is the fact that it sort of makes your place smell like apple pie. Start this recipe the night before and wake up to a delicious-smelling house and a healthy, hot breakfast.

2.      Banana Bread Quinoa

This is tasty and moist banana bread is made with quinoa for staying power and an added protein boost. We all want to enjoy delicious baked good without destroying our figure and waistlines. Try this nutrient packed and healthy recipe as a breakfast alternative or pre-workout meal. This recipe highlights why you should love slow-cookers: Just dump the ingredients into a Crockpot and let them hang out together for a few hours.

3.      Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos

There is nothing better in this world than a big breakfast burrito filled with eggs and veggies and cheese after two hours of intense workout before dawn. This is a high protein vegan breakfast burrito – vegan recipe. This is a savory breakfast recipe, a great way to change up your normal breakfast routine. Furthermore, it makes 4 servings so you can store the leftover scramble in the fridge and simply heat and go for a quick breakfast all week long.

4.      Greek Yogurt

If you’ve been to a grocery store’s dairy aisle lately, you are familiar with the fact that Greek yogurt is becoming pretty darn popular. Greek yogurt is simply any yogurt that has been strained. Heat milk for about two hours using the high setting of the slow cooker, Unplug and let the milk cool, then mix in ½ cup of store-bought plain yogurt; and wrap the still-warm slow cooker in a towel and let it sit out overnight. To go Greek, strain through a few layers of cheesecloth lining in the fridge overnight, you wake up to an extra thick and creamy bowl of Greek yogurt!

5.      Baked Apples

Whether it’s delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes you’re looking for, or ideas for dairy or gluten-free dishes, Indulge yourself with this delicious dessert. Best served with a generous portion of vanilla ice cream, a combination I highly recommend. This healthy treat is usually served after dinner as a dessert, but it works just as well for breakfast. A spoonful of Greek yogurt on top adds a hit of protein to keep moving all morning.

6.      Pork Breakfast Burritos

For the busy meat eaters who don’t have time to make elaborate meals in the morning, here is an easy pork-based burrito filling recipe that can be made overnight to provide more variety in your morning meals. Choose lean meat to make this spicy filling as healthy as conceivable. Add in some fresh spinach or avocado for good measure.

7.      Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Risotto

If you are looking for easy, delicious, warm breakfast recipes, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Risotto is among the more unique slow cooker breakfast recipes. Add the ingredients to a slow cooker and set it on high heat for three to five hours or low heat for six hours. Cut down (or out) the butter and use skim milk to make the recipe even healthier.

8.      Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns

These cinnamon buns are totally vegan and spiked with pumpkin puree and plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, they’re soft, light, and fluffy and there’s just enough pumpkin flavor to notice, but not so much that it overpowers the inherent beauty of classic cinnamon rolls. Perfect for a chilly winter morning, or any other time

9.      French Toast Casserole

French toast in the slow cooker is a perfect breakfast treat. Allowing you to enjoy the rich, sweet taste of French toast, French toast casserole is healthier and much easier to prepare than traditional French toast. Rise early, get the meal started, and climb back into bed and enjoy your sleep for a few more hours. When you finally wake up, delicious, gooey French toast will be waiting.

10. Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

Get to enjoy steel-cut oats first thing in the morning by cooking overnight in your slow cooker or crockpot. You will flip over this hot chocolate flavor infusion. This tasty breakfast treat will warm the insides and fill the belly, without unhealthy added ingredients. In addition, Oats are loaded with nutritional benefits, they assist with indigestion, and work to reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

11. Spinach and Mozzarella Frittata

Frittatas are super easy to make and you can use any combination of ingredients or flavor that you have at hand. Mix up this vegetarian frittata well beforehand and let it cook for an hour or so. Low-fat milk, part-skim mozzarella cheese, and plenty of fresh veggies make this an excellent choice for the breakfast table. Most recipes combines the flavors of onion, eggs, mozzarella cheese, and spinach, to create a savory and filling recipe that will have you coming back for more.

12. Breakfast Casserole

Nothing beats the promise of a hot, delicious, hearty breakfast waiting after a long night’s sleep; the sweet and savory breakfast casseroles fit the bill. Turkey bacon, reduced-fat cheese, and skim milk mean that this version of a full diner breakfast is much healthier. Assemble them the night before, pop them in the crockpot, and enjoy coffee while your casserole bakes to breakfast perfection. Since most can be prepared beforehand, day-of prep time is marginal, and the end result is a mouth-watering dish everyone will adore.

13. Blueberry-Chia Quinoa

Power up for the day ahead with an antioxidant-filled, super food-heavy breakfast. These quinoa muffins are packed with protein and are healthier than the usual blueberry muffin. With a bit more bite to them, they’re slightly denser but are full of flavour. Quinoa, being a complete protein keeps you fuller for longer and is a great post work out snack / on the go breakfast. Quinoa provides profusely on protein; the chia seeds, blueberries, and almond milk give the dish a healthy and flavorful boost.

14.   Banana Bread

This super-light Banana bread is oh-so-simple, and also gluten-free. However, the recipe requires a few out of the ordinary ingredients to spice it up from potentially boring to extraordinary. A hint of spice, honey for sweetness and moist texture, a few spoonfuls of jam distinguish this tasty bread from run-of-the-mill versions. Baking it in a slow cooker instead of the oven means running out to do errands during the cooking time,

15. Almond-Cherry-Coconut Granola

Homemade granola is way healthier and cheaper as compared to the store-bought stuff. Wake up to a fresh batch of crisp cardamom-scented granola. It’s full of fiber and terribly wholesome. I’ve always loved the flavors of cherry and almond. This granola is great to add to your yogurt, or even as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Pile the Cherry, Coconut & Almond Granola on top and then drizzle it with agave or maple syrup

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