Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FROSTED: Cooking It Slow...For Parents On The Go!

Every morning I press the snooze button several times, and finally roll out of bed at the last minute. Still halfway asleep I rush around piecing together my outfit, trying to tame my out of control bed head, and quickly trying to grab something out of the pantry for breakfast. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for parents that not only have to get themselves ready every morning, but also to make sure that their children's clothes match, their kids aren't gorging themselves on tons of sugary cereal, all of their homework is in their backpack, and a healthy delicious lunch is packed in their Justin Bieber lunch box. Why can't there be just a little more time in the morning?

With a bit of research I have have discovered a way to get an extra few minutes of sleep and just a couple of seconds more to apply that mascara you never have time for; while also preparing a delicious healthy breakfast for you and your family. This can all be possible with some of the most clever and yummy recipes that I've ever shared with my Frosted readers...Breakfast in the Crock Pot!!

Just toss some of these ingredients into your slow cooker and bake overnight. In the morning you'll have a tasty meal for your family that won't involve those boxed sweet toasted pastries, sugar filled colorful cereals drowned in milk, or even a greasy drive-through breakfast sandwich. So, wake-up, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and relax with some of these yummy breakfast dishes that will surely jump start your day!

Crock Pot Oatmeal
(Recipe from 52 Kitchen Adventures)

 (Image via Savoring The Thyme)

(Makes approximately 3-4 servings)
  •  1 Cup of steel-cut oatmeal
  • 4 Cups of water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Toppings (Optional): cinnamon, fruits, nuts, honey, milk, etc.

1.)  Lightly coat the interior of your slow cooker with non-stick spray.

2.)  Combine all ingredients inside, stirring to combine.

3.)  Cook on low overnight for up to 8 hours. 

 (Picture by Real Mom Kitchen)

Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole
(Recipe from Breakfast to Bed)

(Makes 6-8 Servings)
  • 6-9 Slices of slightly stale whole wheat bread
  • 3 Cups of vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/2 Cup of egg whites
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup of honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 bananas, sliced

1.)  Mix all of the wet ingredients together and whisk well.

2.)  Place a single layer of bread into the bottom of the crock pot and top with a single sliced banana.

3.)  Pour one third of wet mixture on top and add another layer of bread, banana slices, and another third of the wet mix. Top with bread and chocolate chips. Then pour remaining mix over the top,

4.)   Set the crock pot to medium and let cook overnight.

Crock Pot Ham, Gouda, and Potato Bake
(Recipe Via Kitchen Meets Girl)

(Serves 8) 
  • 4 Cups of frozen diced hash browns
  • 8 Ounces of chopped ham
  • 1 Cup of shredded Gouda
  • 1/2 Cup of chopped red pepper
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (10.75 Ounce) can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 Cup of milk
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of ground mustard
  • 8 English muffins or tortillas (for serving)

1.)  Spray the ceramic insert of a 3 1/2 to 4-quart crock pot. Combine hash browns, ham, cheese, and red pepper and place in your crock pot.

2.)  In a medium bowl, stir together soup, milk, eggs, and spices. Pour over potato mixture in your crock pot.

3.)  Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Serve mixture over English muffins or wrapped in tortillas.

What could be better then having breakfast already prepared when the alarm goes off in the morning? These recipes are the perfect way to easily send your children off to school with a full belly, to feed your kids and their friends the morning after a weekend sleepover, or as a complimentary dish to a brunch buffet at your church or upcoming shower.

Just chop up those fruits or veggies, plug in the crock pot, and fall asleep knowing that your morning routine is just a little bit easier with these fabulous slow cooker recipes that will delight your entire family. Have a great week!


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