Tasty Dishes Any Time Of Day
Most of us think of the crock pot as getting dinner on the table. Throw the ingredients together in the morning, set the crock pot to cook, and when you walk in the door after work, dinner is ready to be served. In fact that’s just what I do with it almost 100% of the time. But, what about putting your crock pot to work for you at breakfast time or brunch time? Let’s take a look at a few ideas for the morning meals:
Breakfast While You Get Ready
If you are looking for a hearty breakfast, one that cooks itself while you get ready for the day, you may want to put your crock pot to work. While your breakfast is cooking, you’ll have the freedom to dry you hair, read the paper, and even help with last minute homework.
Feel like a cheesy hash brown casserole or a quick quiche? How about a couple pouched eggs? You can get these cooking first thing so they’ll be ready when you are. Even a batch of quick cooking oatmeal is a breeze in the crock pot, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting about a pot boiling on the stove during your busy morning rush. Just put the oatmeal in the crock pot, add the water and any flavorings you like, and set the crock pot on high. You’ll have a hot breakfast waiting for you and your family before you head out the door.
Breakfast While You Sleep
Can you imagine waking up to a fresh pot of coffee and a perfectly cooked breakfast in the morning? Imagine the aromas from savory sausage or maple syrup wafting down the hall and into your room. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to wake up? With a slow cooker, that’s entirely possible.
Waking up to a hearty breakfast is the perfect start to a day. A cold morning instantly becomes warm when there is a delicious meal waiting for you. If your family enjoys a big eggs and sausage breakfast, put together a breakfast casserole the night before, set it on low, and in the morning you can dig right in. If a big bowl of nutty five grain cereal is your idea of a hearty breakfast, fill your crock pot the night before with the ingredients, set it to low, and in the morning all you’ll need to do is get out the milk. Have a hot and hearty breakfast waiting for you when you wake up and start your day out right every time.
The Brunch Connection
There are times when when your first meal of the day doesn’t come so early in the morning. Perhaps you and your family have a few days off from work and school. You’re all going to sleep in and enjoy a meal a bit later in the day. Or you have teens like I do and breakfast can be between 11 and 1 on the weekends! 🙂 Maybe it’s a special occasion and you’re sharing a late morning meal with friends. Either way, your crock pot can be put to work to help create dishes that satisfy your appetite that rests somewhere between breakfast and lunch.
Brunch is a great excuse to put your crock pot to work. There are many recipes perfectly suited for this late morning meal. One favorite brunch time dish is quiche. Throw together a cheesy quiche packed with vegetables and bacon, and you have a brunch dish that naturally satisfies both breakfast and lunch cravings. If a brunch buffet isn’t complete without sliced ham and hash browns in your book, you can easily create these two favorites in a wonderful casserole in your crock pot.
Use your crock pot to help get off to a better start in the morning. With a little prep work, you can enjoy a world class cuisine before heading out the door. You have better things to do in the morning than stand over a pan or pot, flipping or stirring. And, you and your family deserve a better breakfast experience. After all, how do you expect to accomplish all you need to do during your busy day without a hearty morning meal? Your crock pot is not just for dinner anymore!
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