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All About the Veggies

In 6 days I will be embarking on my Ultimate Reset journey.  This 21 day program is designed to reset your body to it’s “factory settings” (so to speak).  There’s a complete guidebook on how this is to be done.  Essentially you end up eating a vegan diet (which is totally fine with me since I could care less about meat!)

After the 21 days, it’s recommended to ease back into regular eating habits…so…in light of that…I thought I’d share some delicious 21 Day Fix Approved vegetarian recipes!

EGGPLANT ROLL-UPS

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into ¼ inch oblong pieces from end to end.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced, or 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1 cup of organic spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 4 tbs of goat cheese to sprinkle on top
  • 2 tbs oil
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place middle rack in the oven.
  2. Take eggplant pieces and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Salt the eggplant and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes and baste with oil.
  4. Take the chopped onion, minced garlic and olive oil and place into a skillet to saute until both the garlic and onion become translucent and soft, do this while the eggplant is roasting.
  5. In another small mixing bowl add in the cottage cheese, chopped spinach, basil, oregano, parsley, sauteed garlic and onion to mix thoroughly.
  6. Take a ½ cup of marinara sauce and using a spoon spread evenly on the bottom of the 2 qt glass Pyrex casserole dish.
  7. Pat your eggplant strips dry and place 2 tablespoons full of the cottage cheese mixture into the top of the eggplant and roll up. Place the eggplant roll up into the dish with the seam facing down.
  8. Repeat this process until you have no more eggplant and cottage cheese.
  9. Take 2.5 cups left of the marinara sauce and spread over the top of the eggplant roll ups.
  10. Sprinkle the 4 tablespoons of goat cheese over the top of the roll ups and place in the oven.
  11. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. serving = 1 eggplant medium sized eggplant rollup (some are smaller due to the end of the eggplant so the largest size you make I consider 1 serving)
  13. The 21 Day Fix containers = 1 green container, ½ red container, ½ blue container, ½ purple and 2 tsps

Source: http://www.inspiredhousewife.com/eggplant-roll-ups/

CHEESY SPAGHETTI SQUASH

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 16oz container of lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 jar of no sugar added marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while you cook your spaghetti squash. We typically slice the spaghetti squash in half, place it on a platter with a small amount of water and steam it in the microwave for 10-12 minutes until cooked.
  2. Scoop out the seeds, then use a fork to pull the spaghetti squash from the sides so it resembles spaghetti and place it into a bowl
  3. Add one container of cottage cheese, Italian herbs and one jar of marinara sauce to the bowl.
  4. Mix until well combined and then add to an 8×10 banking dish.
  5. Top with one cup of cheese and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the dish is warm throughout and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Slice casserole into 6 portions.

One slice counts as 2 green, 1/2 red, and 1 blue container. (serves 6)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/2/1/cheesy-spaghetti-squash-casserole

STUFFED PEPPERS

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup whole, peeled canned tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Herbs of your choice (we usedHerbs de Provance and oregeno)
  • 4 bell peppers, tops cut off and insides removed
  • 2/3 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and also start to make up your quinoa. Upon cooking, it usually doubles in size so keep that in mind while making your quinoa. Once cooked, remove from heat.
  2. In a saucepan, sautee sliced mushrooms until soft.
  3. Add garlic until fragrant then add the can of tomatoes. Use your spoon to break them up a bit.
  4. Mix in quinoa and your herbs.
  5. Scoop filling into each bell pepper.
  6. Pop them into a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  8. Put your oven on broil and place the peppers back in for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is toasted and bubbly.

This recipe counts as 2 green containers, 1 yellow, and 1/2 of a blue container. (serves 4)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/1/17/stuffed-peppers

CHUNKY VEGETABLE CHILI

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Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. chile powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
1 medium zucchini, cubed
6 Tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
3. Add chile powder, cumin, tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
4. Add zucchini; cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 10 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
5. Top each serving with 1 Tbsp. yogurt.

container counts: 1/2 green, 2 yellow

Source: https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/recipes/chunky-vegetable-chili

Super Food Soups

Baby, it’s COLD outside!!!  We moved to KS this summer and I didn’t realize how extreme the weather is here.  It is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer and COLD, COLD, COLD in the winter!!

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Cold weather equals cozy socks, blankets, cuddling and of course…soup!

I love having soup for dinner on a cold day (much to my husband’s chagrin) but…I’m the one who does the cooking…so…when I feel like soup…then soup it is!

The recipes below are all soup with super foods in them!  What does that mean?  That it’s REALLY good for you!

To make any of these into a complete meal (and for those who scoff at soup for dinner like my one and only) add a salad, home made paleo bread, a side of chicken breast or chicken sausage (or any other meat you desire) and behold – you have a complete meal!

Pumpkin Soup with Lentils

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pumpkin-soup-with-lentils/

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Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow sweet pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils or lentils, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 26 ounce box chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Snipped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven cook onion, sweet pepper, and lentils in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in ginger, curry powder, cumin, stock, and pumpkin puree. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. To serve, ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and flat leaf parsley.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Source: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/11/17/sweet-potato-recipes/

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Ingredients

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 c. wild rice
4 c. vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water, divided
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and divided (or 1 1/2 c. cooked white beans)
1 c. kale leaves, stems removed and leaves cut into thin strips
1 tsp. salt
Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add dried thyme, smoked paprika, and wild rice. Stir everything together to coat. Add three cups of broth and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add cubed sweet potatoes, 3/4 cup navy beans, and kale and cook for 15 minutes more or until sweet potatoes are cooked.

In a blender, puree 3/4 cup beans with one cup broth, one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon salt until smooth. Add mixture to pot and heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Gingered Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/gingered-carrot-sweet-potato-soup-with-chive-cream/

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 ounce cans reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or sliced green onions
  • 1 ounce can no-salt-added cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • Snipped chives; ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  1. In Dutch oven combine carrots, sweet potato, broth and ginger. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  2. For Chive Cream, in small bowl combine creme fraiche and chives; set aside. In blender, puree vegetables with beans, one-fourth at a time, removing cap from blender lid and holding a folded kitchen towel over opening in lid. Return soup to pan and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top servings with Chive Cream. Sprinkle with chives and ground ginger.
  3. Cut flatbread in wedges, lightly sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese, then broil a few seconds, watching closely, just until bread is toasted and cheese is barely melted.

From the Test Kitchen

Change-Up:

Substitute russet potatoes for the carrots and sweet potato and use ground cumin in place of the ground ginger.

Freezing Tip

Prepare soup through Step 2. Let soup cool. Transfer soup to a freezer-safe container, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between the top of the soup and the rim of the container. Label and freeze up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top and continue with Step 3.

Chicken Barley Soup with Kale

Source: http://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/chicken-barley-soup-with-kale

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Ingredients

1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
1⁄4 cup barley
5 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 carrots (sliced)
2 celery stalks (chopped)
onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
potatoes (chopped)
2 cups kale (chopped, I used frozen, if you use fresh, discard thick ribs)
1 teaspoon

parsley (dry)

1 1⁄2 tablespoon

vegetable oil

1 tablespoon

lemon juice

salt
pepper

Directions:

1. Put chicken in a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Skim any foam from the surface, add barley and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.

2. Chop celery, slice carrots, finely chop onion and mince garlic.

3. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil. Saute celery, onion, carrots and garlic, until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).

4. Chop potatoes.

5. Add potatoes and sauteed vegetables to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

6. Add kale, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 15 minutes.

7. Remove chicken, shred with a fork and return to the pot. Serve hot.

I hope you and your family enjoy these super food soups!!  Don’t forget to share this post with friends and loved ones!!!
Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you – which recipes did you try?  Which ones did you like?!?

Weekly Menu – Seasoning Recipes

I wanted to do something a little different this week as far as I’m not going to be sharing recipes for meals…BUT…this might even be better because I’m going to share with you different ways to make fresh seasoning blends.

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They are very versatile (you’re welcome) and you can use them with your favorite recipes to spice things up (pun intended) and make a healthier version of your favorite meal!

Why make your own seasoning blends instead of buying the pre-made packets at the store?  For MANY reasons!

Here are a few:

  1.  You can control how much salt is in your food.  (They really pile in the salt in those seasoning packets)
  2. Eliminate preservatives
  3. Control all ingredients that go into your food (eliminate toxins)
  4. Say goodbye to MSG
  5. Eliminate unnecessary ingredients like added sugar and starch
  6. There is NOTHING good in processed foods

Taco Seasoning

(This is my favorite one – I use it weekly and I have it memorized)

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This is for 1 lb of meat

Ingredients:

1 TBSP child powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano

2 tsp cumin

Blend together and enjoy!

Montreal Steak Seasoning

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For 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of meat (I’ve used it for burgers)

Ingredients:

Ingredients (8)
  1. 2 tablespoons paprika.
  2. 2 tablespoons crushed black pepper.
  3. 2 tablespoons kosher salt.
  4. 1 tablespoon granulated garlic.
  5. 1 tablespoon granulated onion.
  6. 1 tablespoon crushed coriander.
  7. 1 tablespoon dill.
  8. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix well and enjoy!

Italian Seasoning

Can be used for any type of Italian dish that calls for an Italian seasoning blend (like chicken or pasta)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano.
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.

 

Blend and enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice

(Because y’all know how much I LOVE pumpkin anything!)

This is enough for one pumpkin pie

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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Blend and Enjoy!

Cajun Seasoning Mix

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  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Blend and enjoy!

Don’t be a stranger, now!

I’d LOVE to hear from you!  Let me know how you like these seasoning mixes and how you used them!!

Thanksgiving – Paleo Style

Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving right?!?   The family (maybe) and the food and the treats (definitely)…BUT…what if there was a way to enjoy ALL of that while still staying on track????

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Would you be in????

This year, we are having our 3rd annual Paleo Thanksgiving!  For the past 2 years, we have been doing Thanksgiving – paleo style – and believe me- it’s DELICIOUS!  My husband even looks forward to it every year – seriously!

You don’t leave the table feeling incredibly guilty, sluggish, gross, or like you need to diet for the next 2 weeks.  You get up knowing that you chose to eat healthy WHILE enjoying this holiday!

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So…for next few weeks…until Thanksgiving, I will be sharing Paleo Thanksgiving recipes.  You can pick and choose which dishes you’d like to make OR you can go all out like I do!

The idea is for you to have a plethora of recipes in your tool box for this annual holiday!

Paleo Cornbread Stuffing

Source: http://paleofoundation.com/paleo-cornbread-stuffing/

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Ingredients

• 6 eggs
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
• 3/4 C coconut milk
• 1 Tbsp ground sage
• 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp  poultry seasoning
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 3/4 cup organic coconut flour, sifted
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp cream of tartar
• ½ C arrowroot
• 2 Tbsp bacon fat
• 2 stalks celery, chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 bell pepper, chopped
• 3 Tbsp organic chicken base
• ¾ C water

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) In a large bowl, whisk eggs, butter and coconut milk
3) Add sage, one tablespoon of the poultry seasoning, salt , baking soda, cream of tartar, coconut flour and arrowroot and mix until smooth.
4) Pour batter into a buttered shallow baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat medium skillet and add bacon fat.
5) When fat is melted, add celery, onion and bell pepper; sautee until vegetables are tender and onions are transparent – about 10 minutes.
6) When “bread” is fully cooked, remove from oven, let cool then crumble into large bowl.
7) Add sautéed vegetables, chicken base, the remaining poultry seasoning and water. Taste, and add salt, pepper to taste.
8) Fold to combine taking care not to break the bread chunks down too much
9) Pour mixture into buttered 9×11 baking dish and place in oven
10) Bake for 30 minutes or until dressing firms up.

Green Bean Casserole (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

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Source: http://kelleyandcricket.com/index.php/2015/12/15/green-bean-casserole-grain-free-dairy-free-paleo/

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1.5 lb) bag of french green beans, cut the beans in ½ or ⅓’s.
  • 3 cups Creamy Mushroom Soup (be sure to use less broth (1 cup) to make the soup thick, more like condensed consistency.)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 cup French Fried Onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat water in a large sauce pan over high until it reaches a simmer.
  3. Add trimmed and cut green beans to the water and cook a few minutes just until they turn bright green, but still crisp.
  4. Remove the green beans immediately and drain.
  5. In a large bowl combine and mix 3 cups of creamy mushroom soup, the blanched green beans, coconut aminos, salt and pepper, and ½ cup of french fried onion.
  6. I recommend letting the green bean mixture sit for about 10 minutes, and some water may separate out. Simply pour it out of the bowl.
  7. Next, pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish and cover with foil.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until green beans reach desired tenderness. (I prefer them on the crispier side.)
  9. Remove foil and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of french fried onions on top, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and move to a high rack in the oven for a few (3-5 minutes), or just until the top is golden brown and crisp.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Source: http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/paleo-sweet-potato-casserole-recipe/

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup butter (or ghee), softened
  • 1 tablespoon cashew milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cut the potatoes into chunks and place the chunks in the boiling water. Allow the potatoes to boil for 15-20 minutes* or until the chunks are soft.
  3. Drain off the water.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add the butter and milk to the drained potatoes.
  6. Use a hand mixer to beat the potatoes until the butter is completely melted and the potatoes are smooth.
  7. Add the eggs, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until the egg is completely mixed in.
  8. Spray the bottom of a 8×11″ pan with coconut oil spray.
  9. Sprinkle 3/4 cup chopped pecans on the bottom of the baking dish.
  10. Spoon the sweet potato mixture on top of the pecans, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
  11. Sprinkle the top with the remaining pecans.
  12. Dust the top with additional cinnamon.
  13. Bake for 40 minutes.
  14. Serve warm.

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

Source: http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/11/honey-roasted-butternut-squash-cranberries-feta.html

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Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled + chopped
  • a hearty drizzle of olive oil [approx 1-2 TBSP]
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2-3 TBSP honey [or extra, to taste]
  • 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta
  • ground cinnamon, to taste [optional but delicious!]
  • fresh or dried parsley, to garnish [optional]

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly drizzle or spritz a baking sheet with olive oil.
  3. Add cubed squash to the sheet along with another drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with a light layer of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, based on taste preference.
  5. Roast at 400 F for 25 minutes on the center rack.
  6. At the 25 minute mark, pull out the oven rack, and add your fresh cranberries to the roasting pan.
  7. Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries have started to soften and burst a bit, resembling really juicy craisins vs fresh firm cranberries.
  8. Remove from oven and add a sprinkle of cinnamon [approx 1/8-1/4 tsp depending on preference] along with feta and honey. I listed the honey measurements I used, but depending on whether you used fresh cranberries or dried, sweeten to taste.
  9. Garnish with parsley for a burst of color and dig in while it’s hot!

EAT and ENJOY!!!

I really hope you and your family enjoy these recipes!

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Weekly Recipes – Slow Cooker Breakfast Style

Mornings can be BUSY, right?!?

Whether you’re trying to get your kids out the door, yourself out the door, your spouse out the door or all of the above…it can be super hectic and difficult to do anything else other than throw a bowl of cereal in everyone’s face before they rush out the door.

Have you ever been guilty of this?

Me!  I have!

Want to know a secret to making your mornings easier?  Start the night before by throwing breakfast into the crockpot so it will be ready to go in the morning!

Here are 4, clean-eating slow cooker breakfast recipes!

Slow- Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups steel-cut oats (not to be replaced with quick or rolled oats)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 apple, diced with skin
3 tablespoons almond butter
4 1/4 cups unsweetened soy milk (can use almond)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts)
1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients except for 1/4 cup of the nuts and 1/4 cup of the raisins to a glass bowl that will fit inside your slow cooker. Give it a good stir, and place the bowl in the center.
  2. Carefully fill the slow cooker with water, to about 1 inch below the rim of the glass bowl. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. In the morning, remove the lid and stir up the oatmeal. Scoop out about a 1-cup serving, and top with a sprinkling of nuts and raisins.
  4. Store uneaten oatmeal in the fridge.

Tip:  Add Greek yogurt to this delish dish if you want some protein!

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Slow-Cooker-Pumpkin-Pie-Steel-Cut-Oats-35883531

Cauliflower Hash Brown Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

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Ingredients

    • 12 eggs
    • ½ cup milk
    • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 head cauliflower, shredded (I buy mine already chopped)
    • additional salt and pepper to season the layers
    • up to one small onion, diced (can omit or use less)
    • two 5 oz packages pre-cooked breakfast sausages, sliced (I used turkey sausage. Can also omit, or use about 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage cooked and crumbled, or bacon, turkey bacon, vegetarian sausage crumbles, or chopped ham)
    • 8 oz., or about 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Grease or coat a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly beat together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place about a third of the shredded cauliflower in an even layer in the bottom of the slow cooker, and top with about a third of the onion. Season with salt and pepper, the top with about a third of the sausage and a third of the cheese. Repeat the layers two more times.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the contents of the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until eggs are set and the top is browned.

Tip:  Serve with a side of sliced tomatoes and avocados!

Source: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/hash-browns-slow-cooker-breakfast-casserole/

Slow Cooker Huevos Rancheros

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Ingredients

  • Nonstick spray
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 12 ounces shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 10 ounces taco sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Scallions, avocado, cilantro and lime, for garnish

    Directions

    Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick spray.

    In a large bowl, beat eggs with half-and-half, 8 ounces of the cheese, pepper and chili powder. Stir in the garlic and chilies. Pour into the slow cooker and cook (covered) on low for 2 hours. Check occasionally to make sure the edges are not burning.

    Remove lid and pour taco sauce over the eggs, using the back of a spoon to evenly cover the eggs, as you would sauce on a pizza. Scatter remaining 4 ounces of cheese all over, replace the lid and continue cooking on low for 15 more minutes.

    Let cool slightly, then cut into wedges and serve over warmed tortillas. Garnish with sliced scallions and avocado, chopped cilantro and a squirt of fresh lime juice.

 

Source: http://www.oprah.com/food/Slow-Cooker-Huevos-Rancheros-Recipe

Slow Cooker French Toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% milk, (almond or soy will also work)
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 9 Slices whole grain bread

 

  • FILLING:
  • 3 cups finely diced uncooked apple pieces (Honey Crisp or Gala are both great in this recipe)
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup diced raw pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Add the first 6 ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Add all the filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir to coat apple pieces, set aside.

Cut bread slices into triangles (that’s in half, just triangle shaped). Place one layer of bread (6 triangles) on the bottom of the slow cooker, add ¼ of the filling and repeat until there are 3 layers of bread. Add the remaining filling to the top.

Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and cook on high 2 to 2-1/2 or low 4 hours, or until bread has soaked up the liquid.

3 Bananas (diced) can be substituted for apples.

Note: Drizzle with 100% pure maple syrup if desired.

Tip:  This would be a great recipe to make on the weekends when you know the kids are going to sleep in (if you’re lucky because mine don’t).  You can have this cookin’ while they are snoozing away

Source: http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-french-toast-casserole/

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