The only thing better than sleeping in on the weekend is waking up to the smell of a warm meal straight from the slow cooker! Whether your favorite breakfast fare is a savory egg dish with veggies or comforting steel-cut oatmeal with toppings galore, the slow cooker is your morning routine’s best friend. Prep your morning meals for the entire week with these 10 simple yet satisfying slow-cooker breakfast recipes.
1. BACON, EGG & HASH BROWN CASSEROLE | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
If you think breakfast slow-cooker fare stops at oatmeal, think again! Imagine fluffy eggs, crispy hash browns, gooey cheddar cheese and smoky bacon all mixed to perfection. Watch your breakfast dreams come true right before your eyes with this super-simple crowd-pleaser. Recipe makes 8 servings of 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 342; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 10g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 357mg; Sodium: 648mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 21g
2. FRITTATA WITH KALE, ROASTED RED PEPPER & FETA | KALYN’S KITCHEN
Slow-cooking this frittata means oh-so-flavorful eggs packed with colorful veggies like roasted red peppers and our favorite nutrient powerhouse, kale. Feta adds a salty, tangy bite, but feel free to use whatever cheese you have on hand. For an extra nutrient punch, toss in a handful of mushrooms or tomatoes. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 189; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 299mg; Sodium: 279mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 12g
3. GREEK EGGS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE | WHITNEY BOND
This versatile, comforting egg-and-veggie dish is perfect to have on hand not only for easy weekday breakfasts but also for company. Feeling like breakfast for dinner? Reheat it alongside a fresh fruit salad for a simple meal that the whole family will love. Recipe makes 5 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 244; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 518mg; Sodium: 579mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 20g
4. VEGGIE OMELETTE | DIETHOOD
No need to stand over the stove — throw your favorite omelet fixings in the slow cooker, and forget about it! This omelet features broccoli, peppers, onions and garlic, but feel free to use your favorite vegetables. A pinch of chili powder adds an extra kick! Recipe makes 5 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 139; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 226mg; Sodium: 226mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g
5. QUINOA CASSEROLE WITH TOMATO AND SPINACH | CROCKPOT GOURMET
Step aside, eggs and toast! Whole-grain quinoa adds a nutty flavor, plant-powered protein and energizing B vitamins to this tasty breakfast recipe. Make it your own by adding kale, Kalamata olives or peppers. Garnish with chives and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 213; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 226 mg; Sodium: 430mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 14g
6. SLOW COOKER BREAKFAST QUINOA | MY WHOLE FOOD LIFE
Creamy, comforting and chock-full of whole-grain goodness, quinoa makes an excellent alternative to oatmeal for breakfast. Slow-cooking the quinoa brings out the natural sweetness of the apples and dates. Cook it overnight, and say hello to perfect breakfast quinoa in the morning! Top with extra diced apples and cinnamon. Recipe makes 5 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 293; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 224mg; Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 9g
7. PUMPKIN PIE STEEL CUT OATS | AROUND MY FAMILY TABLE
This delightfully seasonal steel-cut oats recipe is like pumpkin pie in a bowl! Fragrant pumpkin pie spice and sweet brown sugar will have everyone begging for seconds. The recipe calls for water but use milk instead if you prefer creamier oatmeal. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 260; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 18mg; Carbohydrate: 50g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 8g
8. BLUEBERRY PIE BREAKFAST QUINOA | HUMMUSAPIEN
Pie for breakfast? Yes, please! This no-fuss steel-cut oatmeal recipe makes breakfast a breeze. Granola and pure maple syrup add subtle sweetness. Top with fresh blueberries, sliced bananas and a drizzle of almond butter. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 133mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 6g
9. QUINOA ENERGY BARS | FOOD, FAITH, FITNESS
Skip the oven, and whip up a batch of hearty granola bars in the slow cooker. Packed to the brim with healthy add-ins (think: chia seeds, almonds and dried apples), these tasty treats will please the belly and the waistline. Cooking for the kiddos? Add a handful of mini chocolate chips! Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 175; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 77mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 6g
10. FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE | SKINNY MS.
When you have no time for an elaborate breakfast but you don’t want to skimp on flavor, this scrumptious French toast casserole will do the trick. It’s made with whole-grain bread and low-fat milk, and it’s naturally sweetened with diced apples, honey and cinnamon for a warming weekend breakfast. Recipe makes 9 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 227; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 9mg; Sodium: 187mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 9g
(via MyFitnessPal Blog)