Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole

1 (30 oz) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 lb ground sausage browned and drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-Spray a 6 quart slow cooker (I have this crock pot and love it) with non-stick cooking spray (you cannot make this recipe in a smaller crock pot because it won’t fit). Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.
2-Top with half of the sausage, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, onions, green peppers, and red peppers. Repeat the layers again.
3-Beat eggs, milk, and salt and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Pour egg mixture evenly over potato-sausage mixture.
4-Cook on low setting for 8 hours or on high setting for 4 hours or until eggs are set.
5-Top with green onions, salsa, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado- whatever you like!

Spaghetti (sauce can be made in the crock pot)

-1, 15 oz can diced tomatoes
-2, 15oz cans of tomato sauce
-1 chopped onion (or 2 T dried onions)
-2 T chopped garlic or (1 T garlic powder)
-1 T Oregano
-1 T honey (or sugar)
-1/2-1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey or ground sausage
-salt & pepper to taste
-Spaghetti noodles, cooked
Directions for crock pot

1-Add the thawed (or frozen) ground beef or turkey to the crock pot. Dump in the cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce, and the spices.
2-Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Stir occasionally and break up the meat.
3-When done cooking, break up the ground meat a bit more and salt to taste.
4-Serve right away with some prepared pasta, or package for freezing.

Directions for stove top
1-Brown the ground beef and drain the fat (or grab a bag of browned ground beef from the freezer if you did this tip when you got home from shopping)
2-Dump in all the cans of tomatoes, and break the ground meat up with a large spoon. Stir in the spices.
3-Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
4-When done cooking, break up the ground meat a bit more and salt to taste.
5-Serve right away with some prepared pasta, or package for freezing.




Crustless Quiche for Breakfast or Dinner

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 cups diced fully cooked ham (or cooked sausage or bacon)

8 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1-Combine cheeses; place 3 cups in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish and set aside the other 3 cups. 
2-Cut up cream cheese into small pieces and sprinkle with sliced green onions and pepper over cheese; top with ham. 
3-Sprinkle with remaining cheese. 
4-In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour, basil, salt and pepper; mix well. Slowly pour over the cheese. 5-Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Three Cheese Pasta Bake (no boiling the noodles beforehand)

This is one of the most popular of my recipes that I share in my meal planning classes. This recipe is so simple and fast to whip up and is delicious. Kind of like a lasagna that is really quick. You can also add chopped spinach, or broccoli or peas if you like. Yum!
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
1 t oregano
1 t garlic powder
(OR 1 jar pasta sauce (26oz) and 1 1/2 cups water)
15 oz (2 cups) ricotta or cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 lb ground beef or sausage, cooked and crumbled (optional)
8 oz (or about 3.5 cups) uncooked pasta like penne
1-Preheat oven to 400 degrees or get out crock pot.
2-Lightly grease 9×13 pan; or crock pot and set aside.
3-Combine sauce, water, ricotta or cottage cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, meat (if using that), Parmesan and uncooked pasta. Pour into 9×13 pan and cover with foil. Bake for 55 minutes.  or pour into crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
4-Remove foil and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned or sprinkle cheese on top of pasta on crock pot and as soon as the cheese melts it’s ready to serve.
I originally found this recipe at and adapted it to my liking.  
I originally found this recipe at and adapted it to my liking. We love it and it’s in our monthly meal rotation.