Crockpot devotees have been singing the praises of this handy device for years, but it turns out that it's much more versatile than you likely once thought. The cook's companion can whip up just about any culinary creation you can dream of. Among the growing list of crockpot and slow-cooker creations are a variety of breakfast options.
Just imagine waking up to a hot meal cooking in the kitchen first thing in the morning. From egg casserole to chilaquiles, you can use your crockpot to prepare some decadent dishes from the comfort of your bed. Yes, it's possible to cook in your sleep: Experiment with these breakfast recipes that range from savory to sweet.
For a hearty and flavorful breakfast, you'll want to try this Mediterranean egg casserole. Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. The trick is to line the crockpot with a disposable insert to help you extract a perfectly crustless casserole from the cooker.
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These pumpkin oatmeal bars are perfect for when you need a breakfast on the go, and they just happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. "[The crockpot] pretty much does everything for you. You just need to grab, munch, and go," Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness says. Enjoy the fragrant pumpkin flavor as you dash out to your busy day.
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A staple healthy morning breakfast that will keep you full throughout the morning, this steel-cut oatmeal can be prepared at night and will be ready to eat in the morning. The recipe calls for fall flavors like apple, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg to leave you with a filling breakfast that tastes just like apple pie.
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These breakfast potatoes from Well Plated only require about 15 minutes of prep time before you can let the crockpot work its magic. They make a great side to any morning meal and are a perfect addition to a homemade brunch. Just top your diced potatoes with some peppers, onions, and seasoning for an easy and delicious crockpot breakfast.
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This berry breakfast quinoa is the answer to your healthy morning breakfast dilemma when it feels like there's no time to prepare anything before you're out the door. The recipe calls for quinoa, banana, mixed berries, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. It's a sweet, protein- and fiber-rich breakfast with no added sugar that will cook itself overnight so you don't have to.
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This carnitas chilaquiles dish won't cook itself, but if you have the time, it's worth the extra effort. You can make the carnitas in the crockpot with spicy Mexican seasonings and a little bit of coke (don't question it). Once the carnitas are ready, prepare your sauce, and add tortilla chips, carnitas, cheese, and a homemade jalapeno cream before topping with anything from a fried egg to sliced mango.
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