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Sweet Breakfasts with Vegetables
Warm Cereals + Beta CaroteneHow is that for a category? Oddly named or not, this has some of my favorite ideas. Fall is coming which means all things carrots, sweet potato, and, of course, pumpkin. All vegetables. Why leave breakfast out of the fall deliciousness? Add some pureed squash or sweet potato, or grated carrot to warm cereals.The great thing about most orange vegetables is they have their own sweetness. I always feel like a
- Overnight Carrot and Oat Porridge
- Pumpkin Pie Quinoa
- Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge
- Quinoa Porridge with Carrots and Mango
Vegetable Rich Puddings and CustardsBeta carotene rich vegetables aren’t the only things that go well with breakfast– avocados make a deliciously creamy pudding. Simply puree with flavors and sweetener of choice. Plus, they are a really great vegetable breakfast without eggs (something we have needed until recently, due to allergies). Recipes:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Avocado Pudding (link no longer available)
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Avocado Lime Pudding (pictured)
- Strawberry and Avocado Pudding
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- Butternut Squash Custard
- Pumpkin Souffle – (Not a custard really, but I do not have a souffle category)
- Pumpkin Pie Porridge
- Browned Butter + Cardamon Carrot Pudding
Veggie Filled Baked GoodsI rarely have time to bake for breakfasts, other then occasionally on Saturdays. So, most of these I would recommend you make ahead of time for quick, healthy breakfasts. For added vegetables, serve these along with some of the other ideas as they are not as high in vegetables as some of the other ideas. Recipes:
Green (or Orange) SmoothiesI absolutely love smoothies, as do my children and husband. Usually, I make them pretty straight forward with fruit, but occasionally I will get a little more creative with the nutrition and throw in some vegetables.
- Avocado makes smoothies incredibly creamy. Since I don’t like to add sweetener beyond fruit, I keep the avocado to about 1/4 of an avocado per serving so it is not too overwhelming.
- Then of course there are the popular green smoothies. My favorite green to use is spinach. But, other ones work too (you just might want to steam them first). Simply add a handful of greens to a smoothie.
- Frozen cubes of squash puree, or other lower flavor frozen vegetables, work great too. I have replaced ice with frozen squash before with great results. I have even used cauliflower… but that did not go over well, hence the recommendation of lower flavor vegetables.
Savory Breakfasts with Vegetables
Sauteed Vegetables + EggsWhen we did whole20 (whole30 we cut short, oops!) I kept seeing breakfasts for sauteed or pan fried vegetables topped with eggs. Simple, but delicious.
- Cook what vegetables you have (steam/pan fry/saute)
- Season with salt, garlic, and other seasonings of choice.
- Top with poached, fried, or soft boiled eggs.
- Let the yolk coat the veggies. Enjoy.
Vegetables Cooked In EggsAlmost any vegetable that is not super water-y can easily be cooked in eggs. Simply cook the vegetables ahead of time (or use leftovers) and bake or scramble with eggs and salt and other seasonings and cheese if desired. I enjoy Spanish tortillas and make it both with traditional potatoes and other vegetables as well. I particularly like using butternut squash and sauteed mushrooms (pictured above). Here’s why mushrooms are good for you. Recipes:
- Quiche with Butternut Squash Crust
- Spanish Tortilla (like I said, I also switch up the vegetables in this)
Hash + Leftover Vegetables
- Celery Root Hash Browns
- Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Apple Hash
- Basic Sweet Potato Hash
- Kale and Potato Hash
Latkes with VegetablesLatkes (potato pancakes) are surprisingly easy to make, and these versions are stock full of vegetables (beyond white potato):
Vegetables that are Simple to AddThese things are simple to add to breakfasts, and can up the vegetable content in the meantime.
- Pesto (on top of eggs, etc.)
- Avocado Cream (pictured above with mushroom tortilla) or guacamole
- Salsa (on top of hash, etc.)
- Slices of salted tomato, cucumber, or avocado
- Sauteed peppers and onions
- Sauteed squash
- Baked sweet potatoes
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- The Healthy Breakfast Book with over 50 recipes!
- Tastes Like Pizza Breakfast Hash
- Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes – can be made grain-free, gluten-free, sourdough or whole wheat!
- Grain-free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Porridge
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (pumpkin pie version)
- Instant Pot Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats
- Best Homemade Soaked Granola
- Best Pancakes: Whole Wheat or Gluten-free or Sourdough or Paleo Apple Almond
- Veggie Potato Latkes
- Grain-free Pizza Quiche
- Best High Protein Scrambled Eggs Ever
- Candy Cane Smoothie Bowl
- 10 Healthy Brunch Dishes for Potlucks
- Creative Ways to Add Veggies to Breakfast
- Allergen Free Breakfast Hummus
- Lots of Breakfast Ideas for Meal Planning
- Hard Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot