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Savory Breakfast Recipes

Savory Breakfast Recipes

Many of us instinctively go for a sweet, starchy breakfast—jam-topped bagels, honey-tinged wheat flakes, syrup-drizzles waffles—but research shows that refined flour and sugar are the worst foods to eat after an overnight fast. Change up your routine, and think savory in the morning. A healthy balanced diet features very little added sugar, and many people go over the limit by 9 a.m. Instead, indulge in whole grains, berries, and vegetables for a much better start to the day. You'll find you eat more fiber, stay full longer, and have more energy throughout the morning.

Egg and Nova Whole-Grain Waffle

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Swaps your syrup for smoked salmon and a poached egg seasoned with fresh dill and chives, and you'll save yourself 20g of added sugar. Look for frozen whole-grain waffles with less sugar and more protein to really start your day right.

Avo-Pico Oatmeal

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Instant flavored oatmeal may seem like a sweet start to your day, but that 12g of added sugar per packet really adds up. Instead, opt for steel-cut (or overnight) oats and top it with avocado, pico de gallo, feta, and cilantro for the same boost but without the midmorning slump.

Pear and Bacon Whole-Grain French Toast

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Nothing says breakfast like toast, but we take this low-sugar option to a whole new level. You'll swoon over our savory addition of crumbled bacon, sliced pear, and Parmesan cheese on top of whole-grain French toast for a savings of 45g added sugar.

Hummus-Zucchini English Muffin

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Instead of the usual bagel with cream cheese and jam, we're adding protein and cutting sugar with creamy hummus and vegetables. Start with a whole-grain English muffin, and pile on shaved carrot, zucchini, and roasted salted sunflower seeds for a savings of 30g added sugar.

Cuke and Tomato Yogurt

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Tomatoes and cucumber for breakfast? Yes, please! Stirring these beauties into 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt along with toasted walnuts and olive oil will cut 23g of added sugar from your day.

Banana-Nut Shredded Wheat

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Cutting 13g of added sugar is easy when your breakfast consists of shredded wheat biscuits soaked in 1% reduced-fat milk, sliced banana, almond butter, toasted almonds, and a dash of cinnamon. You won't miss your typical honey-cluster oat cereal for a second.

Mexican Chorizo Hash

This breakfast-for-dinner skillet gets heat from spicy Mexican chorizo. Don't stir the potatoes too much as they cook so they crisp in the pan. If you like your eggs more firm, cook them longer, or stir them in for a scramble.

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.

Spinach, Bacon, and Gruyère Breakfast Strata

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

This dish has fewer than 20g of total carbs—about half of what you'll find in classic bread-based casseroles. Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese pack a mighty protein punch, while a touch of bacon seasons to perfection. The strata is best if allowed to soak overnight. Not only does this build in make-ahead convenience, it also allows the bread to fully absorb the egg mixture—yielding a creamy texture inside, while the top bread pieces get delightfully crisp.

Savory Chickpea Waffles

We swap sugary pancake syrup for a poached egg and use chickpea flour in place of refined for an extra punch of protein. Enjoy for a quick breakfast or dinner.

Egg and Toast Cups

Lure kids into eating a fulfilling breakfast with this cute all-in-one dish. You can cater to individual tastes too: Add chives to one up and spinach to another, or exchange the bacon for ham.

Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Salad

Based loosely on the flavors of a BLT, this salad is hearty and light at the same time. Don’t worry if it feels like you don’t have a lot of dressing; the luscious golden yolk makes a creamy sauce in the bowl.

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce with Onions and Peppers

Vegetarian delight: A chunk of hearty toast soaks up savory deliciousness from tangy sauce and creamy egg yolk.

Breakfast Hot Dish

Photo: Christopher Testani

If you're not from the Upper Midwest, you may not be familiar with hot dish. Traditionally, it's a casserole of starch (often French fries or tots), meat, and vegetables held together by a creamy sauce. "It's an easy way to feed a crowd," says blogger and cookbook author Molly Yeh, "and it's perfect for the dead of winter because it's so hearty and warm and comforting." Her update uses sweet potatoes flavored with Aleppo pepper. To get a head start, you can roast the potatoes and brown the sausage a couple of days ahead.

Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Pop a prepared casserole in the oven and let it bake while you sip coffee—that’s the way to wake up on a lazy Sunday. Seems like every family has a beloved version of this type of breakfast strata. This one is much lower in fat than most.

Fried Egg and Crunchy Breadcrumb Breakfast Salad

Whole-grain rye bread is so flavorful on its own and adds a special lift to our first salad. You can make the toasted breadcrumbs up to two days ahead; just store in an airtight container or zip-top bag until you’re ready for them.

Fried Egg and Avocado Toasts

Sunny-side up eggs, fresh sprouts, and salsa amp up avocado toast for a fast, no-fuss meal. It's a sure winner at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Egg and Hash Brown Casserole

This make-ahead dish is like enjoying an omelet stuffed with spinach, Swiss cheese, and mushrooms, with hearty sides of bacon and hash browns, all in one package.

Western Omelet

This omelet delivers the classic diner-style overstuffed package brimming with bell peppers, ham, and cheese—perfect for a light breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Greek Cucumber and Chickpea Breakfast Salad

Dill absolutely makes this salad, offering a fresh, herbaceous boost that livens up the canned chickpeas. It’s a satisfying bowl of crunchy, creamy, chewy textures.


5 Savory Oatmeal Recipes for Breakfast when you don’t like it sweet

Have you ever tried savory oatmeal before? Skip the sweet stuff and try these delicious recipes – mexican oatmeal, oat pancakes, garlic oats with egg, masala oats khichdi (porridge) and mushroom oats. These recipes are ready in fifteen minutes and perfect for breakfast or lunch!

Come January and my eggs and toast turn into oatmeal for breakfast. Because there is nothing like warm, creamy oats to make you feel like you can take on the world!

I’ve never been a big fan of eating a sweet breakfast and so I usually end up making savory oatmeal for breakfast. And over the years, I’ve come up with many variations so that breakfast is never boring.

Don’t think oats mean just porridge, because you can do so much more with them and I’m going to show you how. I usually start my day with Horlicks Oats because their instant oats are fast to cook, really easy to make and taste delicious no matter how you cook them. Oats also make you feel fuller for longer so that you don’t reach for a bag of chips mid-morning.

I’ve put together five incredibly easy savory oatmeal recipes for you that are sure to up your breakfast game! These recipes are a favorite and you will be amazed at how versatile a bag of instant oats can be. These recipes take under 15 minutes to make and each one of them is completely different in taste so that breakfast is never boring again.


Savory Breakfast Casseroles

One of our favorite ways to get all those delicious breakfast ingredients -- eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes -- in one tasty recipe is by throwing them all together in a casserole! You can create so many tasty, savory combinations with these breakfast ingredients, and we've listed some of our favorites below. Whether you love tater tots, biscuits, bacon or sausage best, each one of these easy breakfast casseroles will help you cure your craving for savory flavors.

For more breakfast casseroles you'll love, try these 9 Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipes


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Sweet potatoes are definitely one of my favorite foods (in fact, I wrote a whole Spoon article about them). Mixed with black beans, onions, and spices, this sweet potato hash is an easy breakfast to make in large batches and keep in the fridge for mornings when you have a little less time.

It's definitely easier to buy a breakfast sandwich or muffin on the way to class, but these don't compare to a homemade breakfast. Make the morning extra special by sitting down to one of these easy vegan meals or grabbing your prepped meal to go. This list is in no way exhaustive and there are easier vegan breakfasts like avocado toast and bagels with hummus, but hopefully this is a helpful start. These recipes can give you the meal you deserve before class (or after a long week of classes).


Savory & Sweet Breakfast Recipes

Wake up to warm blueberry muffins, vanilla-laced French toast, sunny-side-up eggs and more.

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Heart-Shaped Whole-Wheat Pancakes

Confess your love for breakfast with these heart-shaped pancakes drenched in a simple-to-make strawberry syrup.

Low and Slow Scrambled Eggs

Chrissy Teigen's scrambled eggs are extra-creamy, thanks to her special cooking technique. Oh, and that heavy cream doesn't hurt, either.

Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade

Crisp crab cakes paired with a homemade dipping sauce add a decadent touch to brunch.

Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate-Hazelnut French Toast

Ditch that ordinary French toast for this extra-decadent version laced with chocolate-hazelnut spread.

"Before Breakfast" Sausage Casserole

Breakfast sausages, hash browns and plenty of cheese add up to a wakeup-worthy casserole.

Matt's Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Alton's French Toast

Alton's custardy French toast is prepped the night before so you'll be sure it's ready before Mom wakes up.

Spice Raisin Pancakes with Rum-Raisin Cream Cheese Glaze

Go beyond basic pancakes by adding rum-soaked raisins to the batter.

Flour's Famous Banana Bread

This bread is bakery-approved and amazingly easy to make. One bite and brunch guests may just go bananas for the whole loaf.

Ham, Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Kelsey Nixon's quiche has a rich custard-like consistency, and the oniony leeks pair perfectly with sweet and salty honey-baked ham.

Sausage Gravy

Turn the heat up on traditional sausage gravy with a zesty Cajun spice rub, and then smother buttery biscuits with it.

Maple Fennel Bacon

You know how everyone talks about how bacon is the best thing on earth? Tiffani Thiessen gives us a maple- and fennel-covered reason for it.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread

If monkey bread and cinnamon rolls merged, this would be the delicious result.

Eggs in Purgatory

Runny eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce are one purgatory you'd probably love to stay in forever.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Avoid that dreaded baking disaster known as dry muffins by adding sour cream to the mix.

Mustard Glazed Baked Ham and Pimento Cheese Biscuits

Go beyond basic biscuits by slathering 'em with pimento cheese and stuffing 'em with ham.

Coconut Pancakes with Ginger-Lime Syrup

The chef at New York City's Public kicks up his pancake batter with shredded coconut, coconut power and a little bit of polenta for crunch.

Stuffed Potato Skin Skillet Hash with Fried Eggs

Those with hearty appetites will appreciate this Southwestern-tinged dish that's loaded with goodies — including a hidden layer of thick chive sour cream underneath the homemade maple sausage.

Baked Apples with Oatmeal and Yogurt

Kick morning oatmeal up a notch with an edible bowl — preferably a cinnamon-sugar-covered, cider-braised apple bowl.

Zucchini and Pineapple Bread

The trick to jazzing up classic zucchini bread? Pineapple. The tropical fruit adds a little sweetness, and walnuts lend some crunch — you just need to top a slice with butter for a finishing touch.

Croque Madame Bread Pudding with Herb-Crusted Tomatoes

Instead of making a handful of individual sandwiches, transform Croque Madame into bread pudding. Make sure to fry sunny-side-up eggs just before serving.

Avocado Salmon Benedict with Chive Oil

This version of eggs benedict has seared instead of smoked salmon and a super-lemony hollindaise that are a match made in heaven.

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Crunchy Maple-Topped Irish Oatmeal

Remember that maple brown sugar instant oatmeal you ate as a kid? This is the grown-up version. Crunchy almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup get crunchified in the oven, contrasting perfectly with the creamy Irish oats.


10. Blueberry Muffins

One bite of these blueberry muffins will make you fall in love. They&rsquore sweet, moist, fluffy, and everything you need to start your day right.

The best part? There&rsquos no need for any baking expertise with this recipe! All you need is Bisquick. 🙂

With this handy-dandy mix, you can have the most delicious muffins bursting with blueberries in just 30 minutes.


I love cottage cheese but don’t always want to top it with fruit. These Savory Cottage Cheese Bowls with cucumbers, bell pepper, and tomatoes are a great solution. Perfect for breakfast or snack, they are an easy way to get more protein in your day. If you’re not a fan of the taste of cottage cheese, you can use yogurt instead. For more recipes that use cottage cheese, see my High Protein Bread and Strawberry Protein Smoothie.

Cottage cheese is a great, healthy breakfast. While low in carbs and sugar, it’s very high in protein. A one-cup serving can have more than 25 grams of protein! Cottage cheese is also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin B12, and riboflavin.


Recipe Summary

  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes (1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 packed cups finely shredded stemmed kale (from 1 bunch)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (from 2 cloves)
  • 3 cups Cooked Hulled Barley, such as Hayden Flour Mills Purple-and-Bronze
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ripe but firm small avocados, halved, pitted, and scooped from skins
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • Plain Greek yogurt, for serving

Heat broiler, with rack 5 inches from heat source. Drizzle tomatoes with oil in a large ovenproof skillet toss with salt and pepper. Broil until charred and softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Place skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil, kale, and 3 tablespoons water. Cover and cook, stirring once, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper transfer to plate. Add 2 tablespoons oil and garlic to pan cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in barley heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Carefully add eggs, return to a boil, and cook 30 seconds. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 6 minutes. Drain run eggs under cold water until cool. Peel.

Divide barley, kale, eggs, tomatoes, avocados, and cucumber evenly among bowls. Dollop with yogurt, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper serve.


7 Savory Ways to Eat Grits for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

If you’ve only been eating grits for breakfast, you’ve been making a mistake (and if you’ve been flavoring them with maple syrup or brown sugar, well…you do you, but plenty of people believe sweet grits are inferior).

Grits (which are made from ground, dried corn and similar to polenta) are incredibly versatile and make a great base for all sorts of sauces, meats, seafood, and poached eggs. They take beautifully to cheese, butter, and herbs if you want to get a little fancy, and are great with hot sauce. They’re also easy to reheat try searing them in small cake form in a bit of butter for a great take on leftovers.

One word of caution: Don’t use instant grits (too fine and mushy) quick grits are acceptable and still have some texture, but if you have more time to stir, regular stone-ground grits are even better.

Palmetto Farms Stone Ground Grits, $10.97 on Amazon

Yes, they take a little longer to cook, but the texture and taste are well worth it.

Here are 7 of our favorite grits recipes to eat all week.

1. Classic Grits

This is your basic grits recipe, with butter, milk, cream, water, salt, and pepper. You can top them with almost anything you can think of, from braised beef to griddled sausage and runny eggs, or serve them as a side for fried chicken or fish. Get our Classic Grits recipe.

2. Fast Hammy Grits

These creamy cheese-enriched grits are topped with crisped cubes of salty ham, sharp scallions, and hot sauce for good measure. Get our Fast Hammy Grits recipe.

3. Baked Cheese Grits

This crowd-pleasing grits casserole is still creamy, but a bit firmer than the usual porridge-style dish. They’re mixed with milk, hot sauce, eggs, and plenty of sharp cheddar before being baked for 45 minutes (which gives you time to get the rest of dinner finished). They go with lots of things, from crisp bacon at brunch to baby back ribs at a BBQ. Get our Baked Cheese Grits recipe.

4. Jack Cheese and Grits Souffle

This soufflé is so easy you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. With shredded dry Jack cheese (substitute aged cheddar, gouda, or manchego for a similar sharp, nutty flavor if need be), and a ton of chopped scallions, these are fantastic party food, but easy enough to whip up on any weeknight. We particularly like them with a pot roast, but paired with a green salad they’re a great light meal. Get our Jack Cheese and Grits Souffle recipe.

5. Shrimp and Grits with Tasso Ham

Shrimp and grits are one of our favorite southern dishes, so get ready for a few different versions. This one from Maxie’s Supper Club (which, full disclosure, is in New York), uses spicy Tasso ham, curry powder, cumin, and cayenne, and several other unexpected ingredients for an original and tongue-tingling take on grits that you haven’t tried before. Top it off with andouille sausage for even more meaty kick. Get our Shrimp and Grits recipe.

Tasso Ham, $14.99 at D'artagnan

Get a taste of zesty Cajun-style smoked ham made from humanely raised pork.

6. Shrimp and Fresh Corn Grits

While fresh corn is still summer-sweet, make this delicious dish that combines traditional grits with juicy kernels and tender ale-spiked shrimp. While most grits are made creamy with plenty of dairy, this recipe uses the juice from the fresh corn to thicken and enrich the mixture. If you leave out the shrimp and the little bit of prosciutto that’s there for extra flavor, it’s actually vegan. Get our Shrimp and Fresh Corn Grits recipe.

7. Spicy Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

If you’re just looking for a simple shrimp and grits recipe, this is the one. Sharp white cheddar adds savor to the grits and the shrimp swim in a spicy sauce on top with briefly warmed fresh tomatoes for sweetly acidic bursts of flavor. Oh, and crisp bacon too. Get our Spicy Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits recipe.

The original version of this post was written by Caitlin M. O’Shaughnessy in 2015. It has been updated by Jen Wheeler with new images, links, and text.