I love slow mornings – sipping coffee while snuggled up on the couch, slowly taking in the world and making plans for the day. My kids? Not so much. They wake up ravenous and full of questions about why crabs don’t have eyebrows.
I can’t do anything about the questions, but with just a little bit of planning I can stay snugly on the couch while they head into the kitchen for warm, breakfasty goodness. If that sounds like a plan that would work in your house, here are some recipe ideas to get you started:
Slow Cooker “Baked” Apples
Make any morning extra special with these slow cooker apples with salted caramel.The aroma alone will have you smiling before you get to the kitchen, promise! We like ours with a quick side of scrambled eggs and/or sausage. Yum!
For kids who don’t eat super sweet sweets, this will be a real treat.
Bacon “Omelette” Crock Pot Breakfast
Alyssa over at Sweet Cheeks says that “The delicious smell fills up the house as you sleep, causing visions of bacon to dance in your head!” Uh, yeah! This looks so delish AND easy – can’t wait to try it! Since we’re one of those families Betty will substitute butternut squash for sweet potato* and add some cheese as well. Since coconut oil maintains it’s benefits better than olive oil when heated Betty will make that switcharoo for us, too. You can find the recipe here.
* If your Betty substitutes with butternut squash you might recommend she use 1/3 less since it is usually higher in water content.
Southwest Crockpot Crustless Quiche
Oh yeah, this one looks UH-mazing! Betty is making this for us next week except she’s going to sub these pickled peppers for the canned green chilis (we can’t find any that don’t have BPA) and bacon for sausage. Or to make this casserole more budget-friendly you can substitute this easy homemade spicy sausage recipe.
You can find the southwest breakfast casserole recipe here.
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Alison Wonderland Sheffield
One of “those families”. Love it!
thinking the apple breakfast looks great but not be too kind on my candida- think I’ll go for it anyway!! love the eggs and bacon too 🙂
After reading this twice, I still can’t get over that your mom makes you breakfast when she comes to visit. That is amazing. The slow cooker applesauce looks good too, I have tons of granny smiths that I need to use up. I’ve noticed whenever I every cook something overnight, usually its just stock, I wake up starving from smelling it all night.
I know, Kristine Winniford! She is really and truly a woman worth emulating. Sometimes I feel self conscious as I stumble through this parenting thing in front of her, but then I remember that she was a little rough around the edges when she was my age and she’s turned out beautifully. It’s so encouraging <3
Oh I LOVE you! My favorite thing about intro gaps was throwing broth and veggies in the crock pot the night before and having soup ready to go the next morning. This is AWESOME- cause I don’t always want soup for breakfast!
Gosh, I really wish I had known to use my crockpot when we did intro the first time. It makes life SO MUCH easier! Gonna go fire mine up right now – glad you liked this post Nicole!
Instead of green chilis, try Happy Hal’s jalapeno relish http://www.happyjalapenos.com. It’s bottled in glass although there is some BPA in the lid.
So, if I’m on top of things, Betty can cook both breakfast AND dinner! And then we can have leftovers for lunch! 😀 Sounds like I may have just found my ticket out of the kitchen on busy days.
YES! Gotta say I hadn’t thought of that, lol!
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I have been dreaming about these apples! Definitely gonna have to try them. My crockpot cemented my love for her when I started making the perpetual stock from Nourished Kitchen. Now it is always on right next to my kombucha, multi-tasking and making stock as well as keeping my 10 gallons of kombucha brewing quickly in the winter. Love it. I wish I had known about perpetual stock and this yummy apple recipe while we were doing GAPS! Thanks for the new breakfast ideas. I have been finding myself wishing I had someone who would make breakfast for me even once a week. I think I have found my answer.
I know, Megan! I totally forgot about my crockpot while we were in Intro and it would have made life so much easier. Since Jenny posted her perpetual stock recipe I’ve gone broth crazy – I’m now totally out of chicken bones and my rancher won’t get any more till spring. Boo! We still have tons of beef bones but I like chicken more 🙁
I’ve made these apples before and they are so delish. They fill the house with the most amazing aroma and I love waking up to them. In fact, I think I’m going to go start a batch now!
Mmmmm, my kids and I just enjoyed the slow cooked baked apples! What a nice treat to wake up too! I always struggle with wanting to make my kids a nice healthy breakfast but when they wake up they seriously want to eat immediately. So this was great – I gave them each an apple and they enjoyed it while I cooked up the eggs and rest of bfast!!
Glad you like them, Jesse! They are a real treat to wake up to 🙂
Have you looked into the whole lead issue with crockpots. Ive been avoiding mine as much as possible for years because of it. Then it broke so I havent replaced it. But as a mama of 5 I really, really miss using it! Ive only read that there’s lead in the glaze and nothing to refute that. Ive looked into the clay slow cookers but they are just too small for our family. If you have info that says they are good to use, I would love to hear it! ([email protected])
Hi Rachel! I wrote a little about it here although I do not recommend the particular crockpot I mention in the post. It’s the exact model I have and mine just died after only one year of use 🙁 https://mommypotamus.com/stocking-the-dream-kitchen/
Thanks Heather 🙂 Ive been researching it all again, looking for more updated info. I found the sites that say HB is ok but then I also found many quotes right from their site saying the same thing as the other companies – they meet the guidelines. Which means it can still have it, but its within the law. They can call themselves “lead free” if they meet them, even if there are small amounts of lead leaching. Thats what concerns me about daily use like bone broth. This was one interesting article I found. This is part 3, there are links at the top to go back to the first part http://betterlivingnutrition.com/2012/02/27/proposition-65-and-lead-in-crock-pots/ His conclusion is its just not good enough for children and pregnant women. I still dont feel comfortable using any of them. I really wish I could, it would be sooooo helpful. I miss mine 🙁
Just an FYI the link to the recipe for the Bacon Omelette Crock Pot Bfast is not working, goes to the Sweet Cheeks page but not the recipe….
The omelets and quiche ones don’t have any links 🙁