October 9th, 2013

Crock-tober—the month when slow cooking food rules!

Even though my kids are (pretty much) grown up, they still long for those things fall brings—fluffy socks, snow days and hot yummy meals. I can’t do much to conjure lost socks or change the weather, but I CAN pull out my crock-pot and make some pretty delicious food!

The thing I personally find most amazing about slow cooking is that it’s so easy and it tastes so good. You don’t sacrifice anything because the process is so efficient. Take fast food—it’s fast and cheap, but not necessarily good or healthy.

I recently found and tried a great recipe for a hot breakfast meal. Nothing suits my lazy dreams better than waking up to a hot, delicious food ready to eat, with no morning prep to blearily stumble through. This recipe serves two very healthy (in size) portions.

Breakfast Apple Crumble

  • 2 medium size apples
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup instant or quick oats
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup water

crock

Add all the ingredients above in that order—start with the apples on the bottom, brown sugar, and so on. Cook for 8 hours. You can peel the apples or not. I chose not (see “lazy” above) and it turned out great, as you can see:

I’m excited to try a few other recipes friends have recommended. I promise to report back here. What are some amazing things you’ve made in YOUR slow cooker?

8 thoughts on “Crock-tober—the month when slow cooking food rules!

  1. Cheryl says:

    For how long?

    1. Kelly says:

      Hi Cheryl – so sorry we missed that part. Cook it for 8 hours

  2. Nala says:

    And that should be 8 hours on low. Sorry!

  3. Donna says:

    I have made this a few times! It is awesome. I also used almond milk and everyone loves. Have even had it as a dessert

  4. Glenda says:

    Do you slice the apples or leave them whole

  5. Erin says:

    Tried it last night – it came out really soupy and burnt around the edges. Did 8 hours on low. Kids still loved it but hubby and I not so much. Adjustments?

  6. Nala says:

    Erin: I haven’t experienced burnt edges or soupy-ness, but perhaps try a shorter cook time on low (to address the burnt edges) and sprinkling in a 1/2 teaspoon of tapioca starch to firm up the middle OR increase the amount of oatmeal by 1/4 cup…? Let me know if this helps!

  7. Nala says:

    Glenda: I sliced the apples with an apple corer.

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