Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to work or go to school, increases focus, and gives your body a healthy dose of much-needed vitamins.
The main problem with eating breakfast is that too many popular foods have a ton of sugar. Don’t get me wrong, humans need sugar as much as any nutrient, but we don’t need too much.
A good breakfast has a lot of proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates. They won’t be sweet, but rather filling. Here are seventeen breakfast dishes that are both healthy and taste great.
17 Savory Breakfast Ideas
1. Avocado Toast
Toast is the ultimate base food because almost anything edible can go on it and taste good. Peanut butter and bananas? Yup. Butter? Yup. But if you want a healthy topping, avocados are a good choice.
Avocados can be sliced or turned into guacamole, and still taste great on toast. They’re usually paired with something like other kinds of vegetables or eggs for an even better taste.
2. Scallion Pancakes
This Chinese dish brings many fond memories of going to restaurants as a kid. Scallion pancakes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or whenever you feel like it.
The pancakes can be made in under an hour, and there are recipes for vegetarians and vegans. Soy sauce or other dipping sauces are optional.
3. Tomato and Spinach Waffles
Waffles aren’t usually a savory dish, but there are lots of recipes with cheese, chicken, herbs, and other delicious food. Tomatoes and spinach are one of the healthier combinations, and they go well in a waffle.
Tomato and spinach waffles often have cheese in them, usually feta or Romano. You can experiment with other kinds of cheeses or no cheese at all.
4. Omelet Muffins
Do you want the savory taste of an omelet but need it on the run? Omelet muffins might be what you’re looking for. They’re easy to make, clocking in at just over a half-hour, and taste great!
The one downside of the muffins is that they are high in cholesterol, so this is one food to avoid if you’re trying to keep it on the low side.
5. Hash Browns
Already a popular American breakfast food, hash browns are fried and finely-chopped potatoes arranged in a small patty or pancake. Hash browns are sometimes made with other vegetables thrown in, usually onions or peppers thrown in.
Hash browns are rarely served alone; more often you’ll find them in the company of eggs, pancakes, and other usual breakfast foods. If you want an extra treat, try covering them in cheese.
6. Breakfast Burrito
This versatile recipe has many variations, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one for you. Breakfast burritos usually contain some combination of eggs, vegetables, and sometimes meat wrapped in a tortilla.
A healthy breakfast burrito puts more emphasis on vegetables than eggs or meat, using meat substitutes like tofu. A whole-grain tortilla is also a wise choice.
7. Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast casseroles typically are made from vegetables, cheese, and eggs all baked in a gooey mass that’s full of protein. Like the breakfast burrito, there are a lot of different recipes out there.
If you make a breakfast casserole, make sure there’s a lot to go around, because it will quickly vanish before your eyes. Quite a nifty trick!
8. Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Take quinoa, mix it in with eggs, tomatoes, and spinach. Add some flavoring like salt and garlic, and you have a quick meal that’s ready in under a half-hour.
This recipe is gluten-free, easy to make, and there are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly recipes out there. That’s a lot of good things for one bowl of quinoa.
9. Spinach Feta Pancakes
Here’s another awesome pancake recipe. It’s low-carb, can be combined with other vegetables, and can be made into a wrap or crepe as well as a standard pancake.
You can easily make these pancakes in under twenty minutes in a pinch. The combination of flaky spinach, gooey feta cheese, and warm pancakes makes this dish a real winner.
10. Sweet Potato Omelet
You’ve heard of sweet potato pie, but have you ever heard of a sweet potato omelet? Sweet potatoes go well together with eggs, onions, and other vegetables for a yummy dish.
And even better, the omelet is easy to make. It’s ready to eat within an hour, and it’s a new twist on the old omelet.
11. Oatmeal with Black Beans
Cereal is usually a sugary food, but with the right ingredients, it will become a savory treat. Oatmeal, black beans, and chopped vegetables form a vegan-friendly breakfast that’s full of protein.
Black beans are a food that goes with a lot of other foods. In addition to this recipe, I’ve come across recipes for black bean oatmeal cookies and muffins if you want to try something different.
12. Parmesan French Toast
Ah, French toast. It comes in both sweet and savory varieties, and it’s one of my mom’s favorite breakfast foods. Here’s a French toast dish that’s on the savory side of things.
This recipe combines French toast dipped in parmesan with a sauce made from cherry tomatoes, spinach, onions, and pesto. The result is a mouth-watering culinary extravagance.
13. Breakfast Quiche
Quiches stand out because they’re served both hot and cold. They have many recipes for the sweet tooth and for those who want something savory.
A normal quiche is, more or less, an egg pie. A breakfast quiche is an egg pie with lots of cheese and vegetables like garlic and spinach, as well as some bacon or sausage. It’s delicious, but it’s also not for anyone trying to cut back on the cholesterol.
This Middle Eastern meal is essentially poached eggs in a tomato sauce with chopped vegetables and herbs. It’s served with warm bread like pita or naan.
There is a similar Italian dish called Eggs in Purgatory, but that uses different seasonings and relies on garlic rather than the pepper and onions served in shakshuka.
15. Cheesy Herb Waffles
If you want delicious, cheesy herb waffles are a good choice. Cheddar cheese, shallots, and chives all come together to make waffles with a unique taste.
When it comes to the herbs, it’s more of a preference thing. You can add rosemary, paprika, thyme, or whatever flavor your taste buds desire.
16. Southwest Tofu Scramble
This dish is excellent for vegans and for health food lovers. It’s a substitute for scrambled eggs with tofu flavored with an Indian salt called Kala namak. This gives the tofu a flavor that resembles eggs.
The rest of the food is based around getting the southwest flavor in. Onions, peppers, and black beans infused with turmeric, cumin, and taco sauce help make the meal good and spicy.
17. Pesto and Spinach Muffin
Here’s an unexpected flavor for a muffin. The pesto that can be either hand-made or bought from a store is mixed in with some spinach. It’s a good way to eat your vegetables.
This recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s high in nutrients like vitamin A, fiber, and iron. It’s a good breakfast food for those days when you have to take your breakfast on the road.
And that’s it, seventeen savory breakfast foods that will get you ready to go face the day. It’s a good thing I just ate because if I hadn’t, I’d be drooling at all these.
Of course, there are many more savory breakfasts besides the ones I just listed. And many recipes for the ones that you see here. Which one is your favorite?