Carmel Apple Oatmeal in the Crockpot

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Last week was not a great food week in my house.  I was sick and nothing sounded tasty at all, but my family and I needed to eat so I made the easiest comfort food I could think of.  I love cooked oatmeal but standing over the stove on a busy morning just doesn’t happen in my house!  Instead, I prepped all the ingredients and tossed it in the crockpot on low overnight.

The best part about this recipe is you can prep it right before bed and you wake up to a delicious hot breakfast!  Over the summer I’ll probably swap out apples for some ripe peaches, which I think will be fantastic.  The trick is to layer the fruit and brown sugar on the bottom of the crockpot and then place the oats and milk on top, this will really caramelize the apples and give it a great flavor. I like to leave the skins of the apples on for some added fiber.

2 pounds apples, chopped

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups oats (not instant)

2 cups milk

1 cup water

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Core and chop apples into bite-sized pieces.  Layer apples, brown sugar and cinnamon on the bottom of a greased crock pot.  Layer oats on top.

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Mix together milk, water, and eggs.  Pour wet mixture over the oats, cover the crockpot and cook on low for about 8 hours.

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I cooked mine for about 9 hours and the edges were getting a little crispy, which I thought was pretty delicious but if you don’t want crispy edges aim for a cook time of about 8 hours.

 

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Game Day Buffalo Wings in the Crockpot

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I am not a sports fan in the least, but I do enjoy snacking and socializing when a game is on. Buffalo wings are one of my favorite, but deep fried chicken is hardly a heathy choice. Instead of frying, this recipe uses the slow cooker to create a buffalo wing with plenty of flavor! If you want your wings crispy you can broil them for a minute once they are cooked and seasoned.

3 pound bag of frozen chicken wings

1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce

1 Tablespoon olive oil

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Spray olive oil on the bottom of your slow cooker and place chicken wings in for 2 hours on high. Once wings are cooked, coat with Frank’s Red Hot sauce and cook for an additional 30-40 minutes in the slow cooker. Serve with blue cheese dressing and fresh cut vegetables.

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