Here is our menu and ingredients needed! I will update THIS POST every day with recipes, updates and pictures! And, um, I am not really a measurer, I am a "dumper" so bare with me on directions stuff. Anything with amounts indicates "normal family" sizes. I will double on my side to fill up my crock pot. So if you are a family or say 5 people, you prolly won't need to adjust =) If you are more, double and or just fill up the picking crockpot like I do until you are satisfied =) !!!
To EAT on the day listed you need to make the meal THE NIGHT BEFORE =)
monday: pumpkin pie oatmeal
tuesday: rice cereal (or pudding, whatevs =)
wednesday: French Toast
thursday: breakfast cobbler
friday: tater tot egg casserole.
PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL
1/2 a can (or a full can, whatever) canned pumpkin
oatmeal (doesnt matter what kind)
pumkin pie spices
1-2 cups dry rice. (1 cup will make about 4 cups cooked so adjust to the amount you need)
8-12 Milk OR water. I have done both and have no had a really issue with one or the other. I will be doing water. (you can use coconut or almond milk)
about 3/4 sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest (only if you want it orange-y flavored)
2 eggs (optional if you want to add some protein)
1 or two loaves of some type of break. I used sourdough because me make it. Can you french. I do not recommend sliced bread but many people use it and like it just fine. Stale-ish bread or "harder" bread is totally use able!
about a cup or two of milk
about 4-8 eggs (really it's that flexible)
4ish apples, sliced, and peeled if desired
2 cups granola (gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup honey
melted coconut oil (can substitute butter)
Tater tot, egg casserole
(8 servings as is- I just throw "more ish" in to make, well, more)
1 (30 oz) pkg Tater Tots
6 oz diced Canadian bacon or some reg bacon or sausage or whatever
2 onions, chopped
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese (if you don't have this- don't worry about it)
1 c. milk
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
AND NOW!!! THE FOOD ITSELF!!
MAKE ON SUNDAY for MONDAY:
OVERNIGHT OATS =) (pumpkin pie oatmeal)
So, this is pretty easy. I snaged all these pictures from my post on "feeding the people" so some of the pictures do not line up with the ingredients. It DOES NOT MATTER, just go with it =)
- crock pot
- 1/2-1 can of PUMPKIN ( or applesauce or canned fruit if you do not want pumpkin)
- optional: raisins or craisins or berries or nuts, if you want
- spices like PUMPKIN PIE SPICE or whatever.
- sugar if needed (if using applesauce or canned fruit you may not need any)
- Dump in your pumpkin, fruit, spices, and any other add ins, like nuts or raisins.
- If you are doing something like peaches, you will want to take some food scissors and cut them up smaller.
- pour in a dash of vanilla
Dump in a bunch of oats. You really can't go wrong here. Just don't fill it all the way up!
(DO NOT add water before oats. Always oats first)
ADD Water until the Oats are covered and then stir!
Taste the liquid and if its not sweet enough, add some sweetner =)
Before you go to bed, turn your crock pot on the lowest setting. On my Crock Pot, That is WARM.
Put the lid on it and let it do its thing. You will be ready to eat this yumminess in the morning!
(I usually turn my CP on warm around 10 p.m. we eat it when we are ready in the morning. 7 am if we have to be out of the house but more like 9 on a regular day)
MAKE ON MONDAY for TUESDAY:
RICE CEREAL/rice pudding
- crock pot
- 2-4 eggs (I fed 10 kids and used 4)
- 1-3 cups rice (I used 3 for 10 kids)
- 3/4- 1 1/2 sugar (I used 1 1/2)
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- orange zest (optional)
- 8-12 cups of water or milk (8-12 normal, def 12 if making it to feed as many as I am- lol)
pour rice in
In a bowl add and blend (i used my stick blender):
- milk or water
- vanilla (I did two cap fulls)
- spices: I am "very generous" with my spices. I might have done about a tsp (or more) each. I just shake the stuff in untill I think it looks good ;)
A)call it good and add other "goodies" later or
B)add the "goodies" now. That is what I do 'cause, yo, whose got time for that in the morning!
I threw in about a cup of raisins (because that's how much was left in my raisin bag) and stir once more. There will seem to be A LOT of water in your pot. This is what you want! This way, you will not have dry burned rice. Instead you will have a creamy bowl of happiness!
Set your crock pot on LOW (not warm this time). It will need 7-9 ish hours to cook.
I let mine cook for 9 1/2 hours. (10 p.m- 7:30 a.m.)
(note: because I could careless about precise measurements with the water; sometimes my rice cereal is more firm- like rice and sometimes its creamier like the pudding. It taste great either way and my kids love it no matter what.)
- One or two loaves of bread. I use sourdough but any will do. I do not like slice bread but I know other people who use it and like it. Stale or hard breads work too.
- 1-3 cups of milk depending on how much you are making. Figure about 1 cup per loaf.
- 2 caps of vanilla
- 4-8 eggs (really doesn't matter
- 1- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- Cinnamon (to your liking)
- oh and non stick spray
I only used one of my loaves because 3 of my kids were not going to be here for breakfast the next day and my loaves were pretty good sized.
**In a separate bowl add and blend:
- your eggs
- your milk
- your sugar
- your spices
** Now pour the liquid into the crock pot, over the bread.
You prolly wont see the liquid above the bread- THIS IS CORRECT!
Push the bread down into the liquid. It should kinda "bounce back up" but don't worry about that, it's suppose to. Be careful not to "mash the bread".
**TA-DAH! French toast! I added sliced bananas and pecans to the dished out happiness and drizzled syrup on top. Kids ate in breakfast bliss!!
MAKE ON Wednesday for THURSDAY:
Breakfast Apple Cobbler!!!
- 4-8 apples depending on size and amount you want to make.
- 2-5 cups of granola
- 1/4-1/2 cup of honey
- 2-4 table spoons melted coconut oil (you could skip or use butter as well)
- cinnamon and/or other baking spices
First, you will need to cut up your apples into "chunks" not diced; chunky, chunky.
The amount depends on how much apples you want to use/make. I need enough for 10 kids. I filled my crock pot about 3/4 of the way up.
next put in a bowl your:
- melted coconut oil (I used about 5 tbs).
- helping of cinnamon
- honey (I used 1/2 cup)
- and granola. Mine was chunky and home made so I used 5 cups. (The cute redhead in the pic made the granola earlier in the day)
Pour the mixture on top of your apples and pat down to an even consistency.
Put LID ON
Set heat to LOW (not warm)
let cook about 8-10 hours. I turned mine on at 10 p.m. and we ate at 8 a.m.
We decided to top our Apple Cobbler with home made yogurt. It was fine without it, we just thought it sounded good!
The apples cook down and the granola blend in with it into breakfast spectacular!
NOTE: if you have very sweet granola, go light on the honey =)
MAKE ON THURSDAY for FRIDAY:
TATER-TOT breakfast casserole!
YOU WILL NEED:
1 (30 oz) pkg Tater Tots
2 medium onions chopped
2 cups of shredded cheese
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 cups of milk
4 tbs flour
salt and pepper to taste.
FIRST: Start cooking any MEAT that needs to be cooking. In my case, I needed to cook sausage.
WHILE that is cooking chop up your onion and anything else that you are adding that needs chopping. I added some black forest ham lunch meat I needed to use up
AS SOON AS ALL MEAT IS COOKED and ALL THINGS ARE CHOPPED you get to START THE LAYERS ;) You can make as many layers as you want but make at least 2 layers.
In a separate bowl add and then mix:
1 cup of milk
salt and pepper
4 tbs flour
I used my stick blender to mix
THEN YOU POUR INTO THE CROCK POT =)
AND THEN THE COOKING:
so, you have some options, they are:
LOW for 6-8 hours OR
WARM for 9-12 hours THEN HIGH for 30min-1 hour depending on how much more cooking you need. (This is what I do)
I turned my CP on warm last night at about 9:30. At 7 a.m. is looked a little more on the "wet" side so I kicked it on HIGH for about 45 minutes.
When the food looks solid (use a spoon and scoop a bit to check) but is still moist and cheese liquidy on top, it is done!
THIS MEAL IS EASY and SUPER YUMMY!!!
If you fill your crockpot up, it will easily feed 12ish people. If you want to feed less people, do not fill the crock pot all the way up and decrease your eggs/milk.
That concludes this week of eats!! Did you like this little mini series? If YES, LE ME KNOW!!!