Growing up, my holiday breakfasts were bowls of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch cereal with skim milk. The rest of the year, we never indulged in sugary cereals. But holidays were considered special, so we got a royal treatment. Why cereal? Because my mom, aunts, and grandmother were too busy cooking our Thanksgiving feast!
Now I try to make family breakfasts special by creating beautiful and tasty meals that inspire lazy conversations and a sense of relaxation as we sit around the breakfast table. If you’re looking for that perfect breakfast idea, why not try out one of these dishes?
Make Ahead Recipes
These are all recipes you can make the night before and re-heat or cook in the morning. This way, you can eat well without a huge amount of kitchen work!
Sundried Tomato, Sausage, and Egg “Cupcakes”
These simple, grain-free Sundried Tomato, Sausage, and Egg “Cupcakes” from AndreAnna of Life As A Plate are an excellent grab-n-go breakfast idea.
Texas Style Crustless Quiche
In this crustless quiche recipe, the savory flavor of bacon blends seamlessly with the spicy heat of chipotle pepper. The accents of Texas Vidalia sweet onions and sweet red bell peppers round out the dish and give it that famous Texas “kick.”
Homemade Cold Cereal or “Instant” Oatmeal
In this recipe for cold cereal and/or “instant” oatmeal, steel cut oats are soaked overnight in yogurt and tossed with delicious fixins like raisins, dried coconut flakes, and nuts or seeds. In the morning, you can serve cold by drizzling with honey and milk, or you can briefly boil it in water for an “instant” oatmeal. YUM.
Baked Oatmeal Squares
Once again, AndreAnna from Life As A Plate shared a healthy, simple breakfast idea with us. These oatmeal squares can easily be made ahead of time and re-heated Thanksgiving morning.
Make Fresh & Enjoy
Each of the following recipes really does best when served immediately after you’ve made the dish. They’re all gorgeous and scrumptious ways to kick off a holiday morning.
Grain-Free Berry Pancakes Souffle
Made without flour or added sugar, this Berry Pancake Souffle is a great way to jazz up eggs and turn them into something special. The berries give it plenty of flair for the kiddos while the whipped eggs have a fluffy, inviting texture.
Think making tasty grain-free waffles is impossible? Think again. If you want the delightfully crispy outside, fluffy inside, and mild sweetness of waffles, but don’t want to eat grains, this is the recipe for you!
Grain-Free Apple Pancake Rings
Have you seen Apple Pancake Rings before? They’re genius! Who wouldn’t love thinly sliced apples dipped in pancake batter and pan fried? Serve them up like pancakes, but with a kick. Any pancake batter will do the trick, but I’m going to share how I make mine using coconut flour.
Sausage & Swiss Cheese Stuffed Sourdough French Toast
A loaf of authentic sourdough French bread is sliced thick. Pockets are cut into each slice and stuffed with sausage and Swiss cheese. The stuffed slices of French bread are dipped in custard, lightly pan fried, then briefly baked to create this mesmerizing and delicious Sausage & Swiss Cheese Stuffed Sourdough French Toast.
Fried Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring
Eggs from pastured hens are fried in a savory combination of bacon grease and coconut oil, INSIDE a slender, tender ring of bell pepper. Top it with a dollop of salsa or your favorite hot sauce, grated raw cheddar cheese, or crumbled bacon from foraged hogs, and you have an easy fried egg with lots of eye-appeal! Try out these Fried Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring.
Want to try out something besides beautiful raw milk from grass-fed cows? These drinks add that extra finishing touch to make your morning special.
Classic Orange Julius
Want a trip down memory lane? This wholesome, real-food throwback version of an orange julius recipe is the perfect way to enjoy the sweet, fresh oranges coming into season. I’ve even adapted it for those of you who need to be dairy-free.
My children and husband LOVE fruit juice. Sadly, there’s not much nourishment in most juices (even the 100% juice kind) besides a whole bunch of highly concentrated fructose and a few vitamins. Even store bought orange juice is a bit sketchy. Instead we opt for frugal, naturally fermented, probiotic beverages. Beverages like this fresh, natural, and healthy lemonade.
(photo credits: lemonade by by chotda, orange julius by ibyangbabe, apple pancakes by swellkid, waffles by real food forager, berry souffle by jennifer mier, oatmeal squares and egg “cupcakes” by Life As A Plate)