Slow-Cooker Breakfast Recipes: Breakfast Casserole, Apple Maple Oatmeal

Feb 25 2016
Love the idea of a hot 'n healthy breakfast, but have no time to prepare one in the morning? That's where these slow-cooker breakfasts come in! Throw together one of these recipes before you hit the sheets...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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1/6th of recipe: 203 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 597mg sodium, 15g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 21.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 4*

An omelette-inspired casserole made in a slow cooker? Yup! And it is SO good...

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours, plus 5 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups roughly chopped cauliflower

3 frozen meatless or turkey sausage patties with 80 calories or less (like the kind by MorningStar Farms or Jimmy Dean)

2 cups frozen shredded hash browns

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese

3/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup chopped bell pepper

2 1/2 cups egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute

1/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

Optional toppings: salsa, light sour cream

Directions:

Pulse cauliflower in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.

Prepare sausage patties in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (Refer to package instructions for exact temperature and cook time.) Once cool enough to handle, crumble or chop.

Fully line a slow cooker with heavy-duty aluminum foil, draping excess foil over the sides. (You'll use the draped foil to lift out the cooked casserole.) Spray with nonstick spray.

Place frozen hash browns in a layer in the bottom of the slow cooker, and top with cooked sausage. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese. Evenly top with cauliflower rice, onion, and bell pepper.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites/substitute, almond milk, and seasonings. Evenly pour over the slow-cooker mixture.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until egg is set.

Turn off heat, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Cover, and let sit 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Using the foil, lift casserole out of the slow cooker.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Hungry Girl's Healthy Slow-Cooker Apple Maple Oatmeal Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 262 calories, 6g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 247mg sodium, 41.5g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 12.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 6*

This scoopable a.m. meal has everything: healthy carbs, protein, fruit, flavor... It's got "good morning" written all over it! FYI: Steel-cut oats are a must (see HG FYI).

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

Ingredients:

1/3 cup plain protein powder with about 100 calories per serving

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups chopped Fuji or Gala apples

1 cup steel-cut oats

5 packets no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)

1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. maple extract

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

Spray a slow cooker with nonstick spray.

Add protein powder and 2 cups warm water to the slow cooker. Whisk until uniform.

Add all remaining ingredients, and mix well.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until oats have cooked, liquid has been absorbed, and apples have softened.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

HG FYI: While most of our oatmeal recipes call for old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats are necessary in this recipe due to the long cook time. (Old-fashioned oats would get too mushy.)

Chew on this:

Happy Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, February 25th. Want that classic combo for minimal calories? Check out Just Great Stuff Chocolate Powdered Organic Peanut Butter. Mix with water and spread on apple slices!

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