Today, for the Nourished Start carnival I am hosting, I thought I would do something a little different. Rather then sharing just one recipe, I would like to share 16 different breakfast ideas. I am sharing plenty of links and lot of ideas. Some are simple, some are fancy. Some you’ve heard before, some you probably haven’t. And I also can’t wait to hear your ideas! Meanwhile, here are 16 ideas to get us started.
1) Eggs and More Eggs.
I think it’s fitting to start with eggs, even if it’s an obvious choice. They are a powerhouse of nutrition and delicious, and so are a great way to start the day.In fact throughout this post I will be showing pictures of a simple baked egg recipe. A yummy favorite.
I also love to make scrambles with sauteed red pepper, onions, potatoes, or zucchini and tomatoes, and other delectable vegetables. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you want.
A few tips: I find that stirring my scrambled eggs with a fork keeps the egg scrambles small with a very nice texture. Don’t overcook your eggs as they will be too dry. Another favorite is poached eggs (though fried eggs, in ghee or bacon grease is mighty nice too).
Slice a generous slice of tomato…..
2)Italian Breakfast Skewers
I LOVED this idea of making a breakfast friendly skewer and definitely plan on trying it sometime. Breakfast sausage, pineapple, pancetta ,and red pepper are combined on a skewer and cooked in the oven. How delicious is that! I am sure there are endless possibilities to this idea!
3) A Traditional Breakfast: Biscuits, Eggs and Bacon/Sausage
I have been getting some great responses on my Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits. One thing that many of us found was that they stay moist way longer than most biscuits do. This means that you can make up a double batch and have them on hand. All you need to do is scramble up some eggs, and fry up some bacon or apple sausages and you will have a full meal deal. You can also make biscuit sandwiches for a delicious, portable breakfast.
The all time favorite of both children and mothers. The great thing about smoothies is how many nutritious foods you can hide in them. yogurt, kefir, or coconut milk can serve as the liquid. Add nutrient dense berries, and sweet frozen bananas and you have a smoothie that is dessert worthy in this household! You can also hide “green” things in your smoothies, but watch out, many greens, like spinach, are better cooked for everyday use as they contain thyroid suppressors.
You can also try something new like these vanilla date smoothies (just use whole fat milk products instead of low or non fat).
Place sliced tomato on the bottom of a lightly oiled ramekin. Break two eggs on top of that…..
5)Fruit Based Breakfast: Fruit Salads
Many people like to eat fruit in the morning as they feel it’s easier to digest then. Start with a simple bowl of cut up fruit, fully ripe and sweet. Then later, you can have a heavier mini meal.
I personally always loved to make a simple “fruit salad” for breakfast in my “dairy days.” I would cut up apples, bananas, strawberries, or whatever else we had on hand, and then I would top it with yogurt and granola. So delicious! It was the perfect, energizing meal.
Here is a lovely fruit salad recipe that uses a honey and lime sweetened yogurt. I’ve made it in the past with great results, and you can vary the fruit.
Since you’ve heard about soaking grains, you may think that granola is out of the picture, but not so! In Eat Fat, Lose Fat, Sally Fallon shares a recipe for granola that sounds divine! You can get the recipe here. And here is a modified version of it that sounds wonderful too!
Like I mentioned already, I love granola sprinkled on top of fruit salad, but it’s great with just yogurt or milk too (nut milk seems like it would work well for a dairy free alternative).
7)Soaked Oatmeal: Regular and Baked
You can’t talk about breakfast without mentioning oatmeal! We personally love hot cereal and now that I have discovered a soaked oatmeal that we like a lot, it’s been a frequent breakfast around here!
Kelly also shared a wonderful sounding baked oatmeal too.
Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and herb of choice (I used basil)
8)Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast
For special treats, pancakes, waffles and french toast is always a welcome change.
For french toast, we simply use a sourdough or sprouted bread dipped in an egg based batter with delicious results.
Serve with real butter, real maple syrup or an easy to make berry sauce.
Yes, that’s right, soup. We often think of breakfast as needing to be sweet, right? Well I am here to say, it doesn’t have to be! Some breakfast items aren’t sweet (like eggs), so why not branch out a little? We have often found a rich, salted, chicken broth very warming and nourishing on a cold morning. And yes, Elena and I have eaten soup for breakfast many a day. However, I would say that we like to stay away from super rich or spicy soups in the morning. Gentle, mild ones are best.
There is nothing like a perfectly baked good in the morning. These are also great frozen, so make double batches and save yourself some trouble! Muffins, scones, and even Irish Soda Bread, make great choices. One person had good results making my fluffy biscuits into scones. A great idea!
11) Vegetable Based Breakfast
It’s actually surprising how many veggies you can fit into a breakfast meal, something it usually sadly lacks. A side of roasted asparagas is very delicious and appropriate for a nice brunch. (Actually it’s good anytime!.) Grilled zucchinis are wonderful too, surprisingly. You can easily make these more of the “main course” for a light breakfast, if you include plenty of it. It goes very naturally with simply prepared eggs, or homemade sausages.
I find that fruit is great raw in the morning, but not vegetables. I like mine cooked. I do have to say that one time I tried a salad for breakfast, and it wasn’t a great success (I was on the BED diet at the time and was desperate). It just didn’t seem right at all. So, keep it cooked.
And like I mentioned before eggs scrambled with plenty of veggies is very delicious too.
Bake in a hot oven (450 to 500 degrees F) until almost done. Yolks are best a little runny. Takes about 8 to 12 minutes.
12) Savory Bread Puddings
These aren’t dairy intolerant friendly, but they are sure good! It would be easy to make them a bit healthier too by using high quality bread, butter, milk and eggs. Check out these two Emeril recipes for inspiration. Savory Bread Pudding and Creole Breakfast Bread Pudding.
These can be as simple or as fancy as you want. Common combination include black beans, eggs, salsa, cheese, sour cream and avocado. Or more simple, cheesy scrambled eggs and sausage. You can use sprouted flour tortillas for a healthy wrap. Here is an example of a breakfast burrito to get you started.
For an super easy breakfast, soak grains during the day, and stick them in the crockpot overnight. You will wake up to a yummy porridge that’s delicious! You can serve it with many types of toppings.
15) Potato Breakfasts
Potatoes make a lovely, savory addition to breakfast too, of course! Hashbrowns are a natural choice. Here is a yummy example. I also like my Mexican Roasted Potatoes. They would be a great side with salsa and cheese topped scrambled eggs.
Another favorite family recipe is roasted potatoes, cubed, with red pepper and red onion, in a little olive oil and a splash or two of balsamic vinegar. Yummy!
16) Grain Free Breakfast Ideas
There are some very natural grain free breakfasts, like eggs, fruit salads, soups, and smoothies. Here are a few more options for you. Carrie had a great post awhile back with some grain free breakfast ideas. At Grain Free Foodies, there was recently posted a coconut flour, Banana Caramel Sticky Buns that look amazing. I find her banana pancakes intriguing too! And of course, there is always baked eggs, like the one below.
Eat and Enjoy!