Caitlin Bensel

It's smart to have something to eat the morning of the feast. 

Arielle Weg
November 21, 2015

It might be tempting to start preparing the Thanksgiving feast the moment your eyes open Thursday. However, getting some energy before you go full-force into the holiday is what will keep you going until the last piece of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed. And if you're anything like me, you wake up thinking about your beloved breakfast, and you wouldn't dream of skipping it. When I contemplated what I'll be having in the early hours of Thanksgiving, I knew I wanted some healthy, fast, and satisfying foods on my menu.

Avo-Tahini Toast

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Claire Spollen

If you think you're over avocado toast, this topper will change your mind. Fresh avocado, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and a hard-cooked egg drizzled with tahini create a truly addicting combination. 

Cucumber-Lox Toast

Photo: Iain Bagwell

The loaded deli bagel works perfectly as an instant toast topper: Greek yogurt has the same tang and richness as cream cheese, and you don't have to wait for it to soften.

Egg-Topped Quinoa Bowl with Kale

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Here, the yolk of the fried egg serves as a dressing (without you having to do anything extra) to coat nutrient-dense quinoa. Pancetta adds a snap of savory satisfaction to earthy kale, while all-season cherry tomatoes lend a fresh pop of bright flavor. 

Fresh Herb Omelet

Photo: Hector Sanchez

A dollop of sour cream makes this omelet tender and oh so delicious.

Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto Breakfast Salad

Bright, refreshing grapefruit pairs surprisingly well with nutty-earthy toasted sesame oil. This meal is full of satiating heart-healthy fats that will keep you full for a long time.

Blackberry-Citrus Granola Bowl

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Cocoa nibs add a little extra crunch and a wake-up jolt similar to coffee. We love the contrast of creamy oats with the crunchy granola. Use seasonal blackberries and citrus or any fruit you like.

Fluffiest Multigrain Pancakes with Almond Butter Drizzle

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

These pancakes are wonderfully hearty, thanks to old-fashioned oats and white whole-wheat flour, yet their texture is still fluffy and light, with a beguiling creaminess in the middle.

Saucy Skillet-Poached Eggs

Photo: Alison Miksch

If you've ever had Italian eggs in purgatory, this recipe makes a similar Israeli breakfast dish called shakshuka. If you need to stretch the meal, simply add another egg to the pan. Top with any herb, such as cilantro, chives, or oregano.

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Casserole

Caitlin Bensel

When you're looking for a breakfast that is both elegant and easy this holiday season, our crowd-pleasing casserole is just the ticket. This multilayered marvel is loaded with crispy potatoes, hot-smoked salmon, and a smattering of fresh herbs. Cottage cheese naturally melds into the eggs, creating pillowy lightness throughout the mixture, while goat cheese creates dense pockets of creaminess. Hot-smoked salmon, unlike cured, is fully cooked—look for it in the fish case or packaged in the meat aisle of your grocery store.