Breakfast can be surprisingly overwhelming. As tempting as it is to skip the meal entirely, I find that I have so much more energy when I take the extra couple minutes to eat. But what should I choose? My favorite breakfasts are savory dishes packed with filling ingredients, such as eggs and cheese. Whenever possible, I try to add vegetables to make it even more satisfying and flavorful.
The recipes below are all on the savory side. You’ll find make-ahead options, that just require warming up, as well as recipes that are so quick and easy, you can make them before having your morning coffee.
Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites
Skip the line at Starbucks and make these bacon Gruyère egg bites instead (plus, you get to eat more than two)! Start with room-temperature eggs for the best results.
Buckwheat Crepes with Egg, Ham, Cheese, and Asparagus
Start your day with a classic Breton-style crepe. Savory ham and cheese contrast with the robust buckwheat crepe. Make the batter the night before and you’ll be eating crepes in no time.
Sheet Pan Fried Eggs
Standing over the stove making everyone fried eggs isn’t feasible on busy weekdays. Instead, make 10 eggs on a sheet pan. Heating the sheet pan in a hot oven for 15 minutes is the key to sheet pan egg success.
Spinach Tofu Scramble
Start the day with a quick, protein-packed tofu scramble. Look for firm or extra firm tofu for this vegan breakfast.
Easy Whipped Ricotta Toast
Elevate your toast with light and airy whipped whole milk ricotta and a lemon thyme flavored honey. The whipped ricotta and the flavored honey can be refrigerated for up to a week, which means all you need to do in the morning is put a crusty piece of bread in the toaster.
Farro, Mushroom, and Egg Grain Bowls
Grain bowls aren’t just for lunch. This farro version has everything you need for a savory breakfast. Store the farro, mushrooms, flavored yogurt, and fried eggs in separate containers. In the morning, assemble the farro, mushrooms, and eggs and rewarm. Spoon yogurt on top and enjoy.
Chicken Congee (Jook)
Congee is a classic Chinese comfort food often eaten for breakfast. Recipe developer Frank Tiu writes “Congee is one of the easiest and most delicious meals that you can make at home with a few simple, affordable ingredients. Whether you are looking to make it meaty or vegan, congee will highlight all the natural flavors of your ingredients and make them sing. Plus, you can customize each bowl by adding your choice of toppings.”
Make-Ahead Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta
These frittata squares are packed with fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Make it ahead of time and then microwave individual squares all week long.
Baked Eggs in Avocado with Salmon
This stunning breakfast can be dressed up for brunch with friends or simplified for a quick, savory breakfast at home. Make sure to buy large Haas avocados and to scoop out a wide area for the eggs to fit into.
Freezer Breakfast Burritos With Sausage, Eggs and Salsa Verde
Grab a hearty breakfast burrito before you head out the door for a protein-packed start to your day. This recipe makes eight freezer burritos that only need to be warmed in the microwave before enjoying.
Omelette in a Mug
Microwave eggs are my go-to on busy mornings. Prep the red bell pepper and green onion the night before so that all you have to do is mix it together in the morning.
Cheesy Hash Brown Egg Bites
A “crust” of crispy potato shreds makes these make-ahead brekkies heartier than regular egg bites. They’re baked in regular muffin tins, not minis, for an egg bite that’s mega-size.
Bloody Mary Smoothie
If you’d rather drink your breakfast, then this spin on a Bloody Mary cocktail is just the thing to get your morning started. This frothy smoothie is full of bold flavors and makes enough for two people.
Instant Pot Egg Bites
These come together in a blender in a snap. Personalize them with mix-ins like bacon, herbs, or a light scattering of veggies.
Barley Lunch Jars
Yes, it says lunch jars, but have you thought of trying grain salads for breakfast? Make a vinaigrette in a jar. Cook plump barley, then divvy up between more jars and top with sliced veggies for make ahead breakfasts that’ll get your whole grains and green in first thing.
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
You can refrigerate this colorful and nutrient-packed salad for up to 5 days. Contributor Sheela Prakash actually prefers it the next day. Black beans add protein. Omit the feta to make it dairy-free.
This is like making multiple quesadillas all at once. That means sharing or leftovers, plus no standing over a pan griddling (it’s baked in a pie pan, of course).
Huevos a la Mexicana
This breakfast fixture is essentially eggs scrambled with the same things that go into salsa. It’s quick and wholesome. For a boost with the nutritional profile, swap the flour tortillas on the side with corn tortillas.
Looking for a new spin on frittatas? This African-inspired plantain frittata is filling and packed with spinach, tomatoes, and peppers.
Soy Sauce Eggs
You’ll find soy sauce eggs in a number of Asian cusines. Enjoy as-is or use them as a building block for a furikake-topped bowl of brown rice. Or make them into clever deviled eggs. These need to marinate, so make a batch on the weekend and they’ll be ready when you are.
Easy Breakfast Casserole
This as-you-like-it breakfast casserole has been a favorite on the site for years. It’s a great template for cleaning out the fridge or using up stale bread. Leftovers are practically gold!
Homemade Cup Noodles
Assemble these savory noodle-bowls-in-jars and have them ready to go in the fridge. You’ll be rewarded in a power-up breakfast that’s much lower in sodium than any instant noodle soup from a packet.
Cottage Cheese Plate
Don’t limit cottage cheese toppings to fruit. If you have assorted jars of marinated or pickled things, serve them alongside a bowl of cottage cheese topped with good olive oil and cracked black pepper.
Quick and Easy Egg Salad Sandwich
If you’ve never had egg salad for breakfast, you haven’t lived. It’s especially satisfying in the summer.
Spiced Turkey and Zucchini Burgers
These give you lean protein and veggies off the bat. Grated zucchini adds moisture. Think of them as supersized, lightened-up sausage patties. Make a batch and eat on it all week long.