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When you prepare this belly-friendly breakfast casserole the night before, your slow cooker does the work for you while you sleep, and you save yourself a trip to the fast-food drive-through. Simply pack your breakfast in an air-tight container, and you're out the door.

One egg contains all nine essential amino acids and is a great source of protein for only 70 calories. You can enjoy eggs any time of day. Pack a hard-boiled egg in your lunchbox for a filling snack, or make an egg salad for lunch.

Add turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, or ham for an even heartier casserole.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 8 hours

Yield: 4 servings

8 eggs

1 cup skim milk

1 cup plain, frozen hash browns

2 cups baby spinach

1 tomato, diced

3/4 cup mozzarella

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Pepper, to taste

  1. Coat a 4-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. In the slow cooker, whisk the eggs, milk, hash browns, spinach, tomato, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, salt, and pepper.

  3. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese.

  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours.

Per serving: Calories 283 (From Fat 132); Fat 15g (Saturated 6g); Cholesterol 436mg; Sodium 373mg; Carbohydrate 16g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 22g.

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