Breakfast is a big deal in our house. When I first met my husband, that meant almost an entire box of cereal possibly with a protein shake on the weekdays and pancakes with half a bottle of syrup of the weekends. Yikes. I gave up cereal a long time ago, and although he still likes a bowl of cereal, we both love something hot and nourishing in the morning. I have had lots of success with two crock pot breakfasts set them up the night before, stumble down the stairs in the morning and feast. Couldn’t be easier.
* There is some discussion about leaving a crock pot on for extended periods of time (greater than 12 hours) leading to leaching of such lovely things as lead into food. My thoughts are to invest in a timer or program the pot to switch to “warm” after 8 hours.*
Breakfast 1: Egg Casserole
Yes, your Christmas favorite is back in honor of… Tuesday. This recipe is really a guideline, you can throw in whatever suits your fancy. Makes a great, frugal way to use extra veggies and meat. This will serve 6 Large appetites or maybe 8-9 small ones. Make the leftovers into breakfast tacos by warming them and rolling in a sprouted grain tortilla.
Butter for the crock pot
potatoes: 1-2 pounds, diced or shredded. Sometimes you can buy these frozen, but check the ingredient label carefully!
1 1/2 cup cheese jack/cheddar works great, but be creative!
1 Green pepper + 1 Onion: or mushrooms, chillies, jalapeno, etc.
Meat: Ham works great, as does sausage.
12 Eggs (Cage-free if you can)
1 Cup of whole milk
Salt & Pepper
Rub butter/Coconut oil around the bottom and sides of your crock pot. Layer in thirds:
Potatoes, Veggies, Meat, Cheese, Potatoes, Meat, Veggies, Cheese, Potatoes, Meat, Veggies, Cheese.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, milk, S&P together until smooth. Slowly pour over top the PVMC in the crock pot.
Set crock pot to low for 8 hours, switching to warm after the time has elapsed. Wake up to awesome. This is this mornings (after man had helped himself to a generous portion). It was shredded potatoes, green pepper, onion, leftover chorizo sausage, leftover ham, Monterey jack and cheddar cheese. I served it with a big fruit plate. Please excuse the picture quality.
Some variations that would be delish:
Chorizo sausage, potatoes, jalenpano’s, onions, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. In the morning you could serve with sliced avocados and sour cream.
Ham, Spinach, shredded taters, and Swiss cheese fancy fancy.
Breakfast 2: Steel Cut Oatmeal
Steal cut (or irish oats) are so much better than that chopped up stuff Quaker tries to pass off as “instant”. I am very new to soaking my grains, but I am pretty sure the oats (grout) would benefit from soaking. More on that later. Steel cut oats can be bought from places like Whole Food in bulk which is a cost effective route. So is Trader Joes.
1 Cup of steel cut oats
4-5 Cups of water (err on the high side, dry oatmeal is….well dry oatmeal)
– Set the crock pot of low, wake up to delicious, slightly nutty oatmeal. Top with what tickles your fancy. Yum.
Please mess with this recipe! You will be happy you did. Be aware when you add something watery (apples) you may need to slightly decrease the cooking liquid. Add dried fruit, you’ll need more. Our favorite way to add chopped unpeeled apples and flaxseed in the evening. The apples essentially dissolve overnight. A dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of walnuts makes its perfect. Other ideas: dried figs, cranberries, or raisins. Or, add everything! No ones judging go nuts! We also like to make it plain and in the morning top it with blueberries, cinnamon and whole milk.
Never let breakfast be boring again!