Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Southwest Breakfast Casserole
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I’ve definitely become smitten with slow cooker breakfast casseroles since beginning my Weight Watchers friendly crock pot cooking adventure.
I love to make them on the weekend to enjoy for a late breakfast and then portion them out for a quick reheat during the week.
Many, like this slow cooker southwest breakfast casserole, work equally well for breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper.
Last Friday night, I put this southwest breakfast casserole together and then popped it in the fridge before heading to bed.
When I got up early Saturday morning to let Francie out, I took the ceramic insert out of the fridge, put it in the slow cooker, flipped the switch to LOW and went back to bed for a couple more hours.
By 10:00AM it was ready to eat.
And I’ve enjoyed the leftovers this week both for breakfast and lunch.
The Skinny on Slow Cooker Southwest Breakfast Casserole
Vegetarian, and packed with shredded potatoes, corn, black beans and red bell pepper, this colorful southwest breakfast casserole was already pretty healthy.
To make this casserole a little more Weight Watchers friendly (by reducing the fat and calories a bit), I:
- substituted fat-free evaporated milk for half-and-half, and
- used reduced-fat cheese instead of full fat and decreased the amount to 1-1/2 from 2 cups
I prefer whole eggs.
But if you wanted to lighten this slow cooker casserole even further, you could use all egg whites, egg beaters or a combination of whole eggs and egg whites.
This becomes Simply Filling when you use fat-free cheese, something I’m unwilling to do.
I’d prefer to use a couple indulgence points for reduced-fat cheese instead.
According to my calculations, each serving of this casserole has about 268 calories, *7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make your own slow cooker breakfast casserole at home:
Ingredients & Tools I used to make this Southwest Breakfast Casserole:
If you like this southwestern inspired slow cooker breakfast casserole, be sure to check out some of my other easy Weight Watchers friendly breakfast recipes including Leftovers for Breakfast Slow Cooker Casserole, Slow Cooker Spaghetti Frittata, Crock Pot Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole and Lightened Up Slow Cooker Easy Egg & Sausage Puff
Tasty and delicious, this southwest breakfast casserole is hearty, satisfying and packed with fiber. I adapted the recipe from a Best of Bridge Slow Cooker to make it more Weight Watchers friendly.
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 8 eggs
- 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-Quart.
Grease the inside of your slow cooker insert.
In a large bowl, combine the black beans, bell pepper, onion, potatoes, corn, cheese and cilantro. Stir well and then dump in the slow cooker.
In the same bowl beat together the eggs, milk, salt and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture over the potato mixture in the slow cooker.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you're ready to cook the casserole, transfer the insert to the slow cooker base.
Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 5 hours, or until eggs are set and the edges are browned.
Uncover, being careful not to let the condensation in the lid drip back into the slow cooker. Turn off the slow cooker and let the casserole sit, uncovered, for 15 minutes before serving.
Cut into wedges.
*7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
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Source: adapted from Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes (The Best of Bridge)
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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