MyPlate-Inspired Breakfast Recipes
Start Your Day with a Nutritious Breakfast
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Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits
Blindfolded eggs are a short-order cook’s version of poached eggs. The grits in this recipe make a divine bed for the perfectly cooked eggs.
Quick Breakfast Burritos
We love how easy it is to take this breakfast on the road. A full breakfast wrapped up in a nice neat little package—and it tastes delicious too.
This Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast is a popular selection at Medina, a Belgian breakfast spot in Vancouver, where the dish includes a boiled egg and three salads—tabbouleh, cucumber salad, and baba ghanoush—complemented with crisp pita toasts. Our simplified version features just one salad: tabbouleh.
Blueberry-Passion Fruit Smoothie
With plenty of fruit, fiber, and protein, this quick shake is a sweet snack you can feel good about. You can also enjoy a larger serving as a healthful breakfast. Look for canned passion fruit nectar with other bottled and canned juices or in the Latin food section of your grocery store. If you can't find it, substitute pineapple juice.
Egg White and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
The frittata gets a healthy makeover by only using egg whites instead of the whole egg. Also, you can substitute feta if ricotta salata is unavailable.
Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit
This mixture of barley and oats with nuts and raisins will keep you going all morning. Walnuts provide omega-3 fatty acids, but pecans also work nicely in this high-fiber cereal. Serve with yogurt or milk, and top with fresh fruit.
This vegetarian egg recipe is ideal for a light breakfast or brunch, but you can also serve it for dinner paired with a simple side salad.
These bacon-and-egg toasts make for a fun breakfast or easy dinner. This kid-friendly recipe is sure to be a hit, any time of day.
Banana Breakfast Smoothie
This breakfast smoothie is loaded with protein and easy to take along with a handful of granola for a quick breakfast on the go. Adding the yogurt at the very end imparts a creamy texture to the smoothie.
Try baked oatmeal for an unexpected morning treat. It's a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional creamy breakfast oatmeal.
Summer Vegetable Frittata
Garden-fresh summer vegetables will make this frittata a special breakfast or brunch treat.
Spinach, Green Onion, and Smoked Gouda Quiche
We like the creamy, custardy consistency of this quiche when it's baked for 35 minutes. If you prefer a firmer texture, bake an additional 5 minutes.
Tony's Breakfast Couscous
You can prepare this dish the night before and serve warm or cold. The recipe is easy to double to serve more people. Use any combination of dried fruits you like–cherries, apples, blueberries, or raspberries. You can substitute one cup fat-free milk for dry, and decrease the water to 1/4 cup.
Classic French Omelet
Pull the pan off the heat as needed, while stirring, to control how fast the eggs cook. The finished omelet should be golden outside and unbrowned, while still creamy at the very center.
Cinnamon Banana Crunch Bowl
Mix up your oatmeal routine with bulgur in this crunch bowl. The results are a quick and easy breakfast of champions.
Baked Eggs en Cocotte with Onions
Keep an eye on the eggs as they cook, bearing in mind that cook times vary depending on the thickness of the ramekins and your personal preference for the texture of the eggs.
Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
Silken tofu gives this drink a smooth, creamy consistency. If you don't like the seeds in blackberries, substitute frozen blueberries.
Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs
Comfort food isn't strictly reserved for dinnertime. Start your day with something warm and delicious to keep you fueled throughout the morning. To trim Swiss chard, pull or cut the stems out of the leaves. The dish goes from stovetop to tabletop using just one pan.
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey
These sandwiches are equally good for breakfast or dinner. Mixing honey with the goat cheese makes it easier to spread over the cinnamon-raisin bread.
Gingered Carrot Smoothies
Start your morning off with a tasty smoothie full of veggies and fresh ginger.
Like most whole grains, quinoa is surprisingly filling, but if you need more for breakfast, serve with an egg on the side.
Sunflower Granola Breakfast Parfaits
To make this portable breakfast a snap, prepare the granola in advance and store it in an airtight container. Be sure to keep a close eye on the broiler so the granola doesn't burn. You can also sub pitted fresh cherries or any ripe berry for the raspberries.
Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint Smoothies
The sweet taste of watermelon and cucumbers mix deliciously with creamy Greek yogurt and fresh mint in this easy-to-make smoothie.
Mango Lassi Smoothie
Chop and freeze the mangoes the night before to cut down on morning prep time.
Nutty Whole-Grain Granola
This granola is fantastic on its own, but is also great on top of yogurt for a hearty breakfast on the go.
Steel-Cut Oats with Cinnamon-Blueberry Compote
Prepare the blueberry mixture and the oats the night before and refrigerate. In the morning, simply cook the compote and finish the oatmeal. Easy-peasy!
Herby Frittata with Vegetables and Goat Cheese
Take ten minutes at night to blanch the asparagus and create the egg mixture. All you'll have to do in the morning is cook the frittata, and ta-da! You've got a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
Huevos Rancheros Wraps
Turn breakfast into a fiesta with these flavor-filled wraps. If you make the salsa before bed, your morning prep time is next to nothing.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Standard toaster waffles get a tasty upgrade in this easy-to-prepare breakfast dish.
Whole-Wheat, Buttermilk, and Orange Pancakes
Don't let the funny name deter you; this dish is a delicious way to get vegetables with your breakfast.
This hearty, open-faced omelet, called a tortilla, uses potatoes inside instead of serving them on the side. This omelet maximizes flavor with Yukon Gold potatoes, fresh tomatoes, and Manchego cheese.
A layer of sweet, baked apples and crunchy pecan topping helps this breakfast bread pudding shine. Last-minute prep couldn't be simpler: Just add a dusting of sugar and nuts.
Citrus Waffles with Marmalade Compote
Marmalade and citrus makes for just the right combination of sweet, tangy, and tart whole wheat waffles. Sift powdered sugar over the top of the waffles for an excellent start to your morning.
A time-honored pancake filler, blueberries not only add natural sweetness, but pack in antioxidants as well.
Cucumber, Apple, and Mint Cooler
Drink this to boost your daily veggie count: Each serving of this smoothie offers a half-cup of vegetables, plus a little fruit.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Stuffed with toasted walnuts, shredded carrots, and all the spices found in carrot cake, these light buttermilk pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast pleasure. Top with some homemade honey butter or light pancake syrup.