These savory breakfast ideas are the best ways to think beyond sugary pancakes! Try everything from veggie scrambles to savory oatmeal.

Savory breakfast ideas

Want to opt out of sweet ways to start the day? There are so many delicious savory breakfast ideas to try! Most days you’ll find us starting the day savory, though we love a good stack of pancakes or waffles once in a while. The American breakfast is often sugar heavy, but trends show people are starting to look for more ways to start the day with savory whole grains and vegetables.

Here are all the best savory breakfast ideas! Start with a tasty scramble loaded with colorful veggies, or opt for savory oatmeal topped with an egg. There are also several vegan options for starting the day plant-based. Browse the list and let us know in the comments other ways you start the day, savory style!

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Savory Breakfast Ideas: Veggie Scramble & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Looking for savory breakfast ideas? Make this veggie scramble! It’s got lots of colorful veggies to start the day right (and a vegan option).


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (or 1/2 red and 1/2 orange)
  • 4 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or other fresh herbs
  • 4 eggs or this Tofu Scramble
  • ¼ cup shredded Colby cheese or crumbled goat cheese (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Avocado slices, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prep the vegetables: Thinly slice the red onion. Large dice the bell pepper.
  2. Prep the eggs or tofu: In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until well-beaten. Stir in the shredded cheese, fresh herbs, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground pepper. Or, complete Step 1 of the Tofu Scramble.
  3. Cook the vegetables: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion and peppers. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until tender and just starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add a pinch of salt and the baby greens. Cook for 30 seconds until wilted. Remove and set aside.
  4. Cook the eggs or tofu: Keep heat on low. Pour in the eggs. Cook for 20 to 30 seconds. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula to scrape sections of eggs, gently stirring constantly until cooked but still soft, about 1 minute. Or, complete Step 2 of the Tofu Scramble.
  5. Add the vegetables and serve: Add the veggies back to the pan with the eggs or tofu. Stir for a few seconds until combined and warmed. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Savory breakfast ideas, savory breakfast

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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