8 overnight recipes that cook themselves

Betty Crocker

It can be difficult to take the time to make healthy and delicious meals. Don’t you ever wish your meals could cook themselves? Technically, they can. There are tons of recipes out there that take just a little prep work, and many do the work for you overnight while your snooze. Check out these eight simple recipes that practically cook themselves.

1. Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

If you struggle to make a nutritious breakfast in the morning, you’re not alone. This six-ingredient chia pudding from Minimalist Baker is super-healthy and takes just about 10 minutes of prep time. Waking up to a satisfying breakfast has never been easier!

Minimalist Baker

2. Slow Cooker French Toast

If you want an indulgent and sweet breakfast on a weekend morning but don’t want to spend your Sunday in front of the stove, this slow cooker french toast from My Fearless Kitchen is the answer to your prayers.

My Fearless Kitchen

3. Overnight Oats Five Ways

Whether you like them with peanut butter or chock-full of fruit, these overnight oats from Cooking Classy are a super-easy way to start your day off right. Be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick oats, for the best consistency.

Cooking Classy

4. Crock Pot Yogurt

To make your own yogurt, you don’t need special equipment. You can actually make it in a crockpot. It needs to set for 8–12 hours, so it’s perfect to assemble before you hit the hay for the night. Get the recipe from Bless This Mess.

Bless This Mess

5. Pineapple Ham

You’ll be dreaming of this pineapple ham all night with this recipe from the Crock-Pot Blog that is perfect for cooking low and slow while you catch your z’s. Serve alongside some potatoes and veggies for a perfectly balanced meal.

Crock-Pot Blog

6. Ceviche

Although ceviche looks fancy and will certainly impress your guests at a dinner party, it’s actually a cinch to make. This recipe from A Life From Scratch takes just 10 minutes of prep work, and then it “cooks” by marinating in the lime juice in the refrigerator. Genius!

A Life From Scratch

7. Overnight Chili

This hearty chili from Delectable Musings comes together with just a few simple ingredients and has tons of spicy flavor. Serve alongside cornbread or over rice.

Delectable Musings

8. Lazy-Day Overnight Lasagna

Forget the boiling and draining that usually accompanies making lasagna with this overnight lasagna from Betty Crocker that’s assembled the day before. The noodles absorb the liquid overnight and are super-tender. Feel free to sub in ground beef or another meat of your choice for the Italian sausage.

Betty Crocker


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