Most mornings are so hectic, ingesting anything more than a cup of coffee feels like a victory. Smoothies and shakes come together quickly enough to make it happen, but sometimes you really need a hot breakfast to get going. Instead of losing your much needed sleep to make something hearty, enlist your slow cooker to take care of breakfast. These six breakfast recipes show you how.
While not all of these dishes are designed to cook overnight, they’re still great to have in your repertoire for weekends when you have errands to run in the morning. Invite friends over to share in the feast or save the leftovers to reheat during the week.
1. Slow Cooker Eggs Florentine Breakfast Casserole
Eggs Florentine is almost the perfect breakfast food thanks to the starring protein, fiber-packed spinach, and calcium-rich cheese. Most versions of the dish also require a lot of time over the stove. Get the great taste and nutrition in an easier package with this overnight egg bake from My Clean Kitchen. You’ll have to do a little bit of prep work before hitting the sack, but then the crockpot does the rest of the work while you dream.
This recipe is already pretty easy, but you can speed it up even more if you opt for prepared sausage instead of making your own. Just be sure to use a raw product so it doesn’t dry out too much.
- 1 pound ground turkey or pork
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon dark maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 12 eggs
Directions: In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix turkey or pork with sage, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, syrup, salt, and pepper until just combined. Cook sausage mixture in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to the bottom of a slow cooker.
Using same skillet, cook spinach until just wilted, about 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker, spreading evenly over sausage. Top with feta.
Whisk eggs in a large bowl to combine. Season with salt and pepper, then pour into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve.