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)
Bliss Doubt says
Very much like in my home, growing up. We usually had good breakfasts with some kind of protein, except for weekends and holidays, when sugared cereals were allowed so mom & dad could sleep in. After the pies were cut for the holiday dessert, we even had pecan pie for breakfast, and my aunt’s many varieties of holiday cookies. Lovely naughty mornings.
Naughty, indeed! I still sometimes surprise myself by craving Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch when I’m in a rebellious mood. 🙂
We would always argue that fruit pies and fruit cobbler were “healthy” breakfasts, since they had fruit in them!
Emily @ HolisticSquid says
I love your Orange Julius SO much, and oranges are just about back in season here in Southern California. Thanks for the reminder! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. 🙂
Kathy Cronkhite says
I sure wish you’d make it easier to copy recipes. A copy option by each recipe would be great.
well, how’s that for thanks-giving!
thank you so much,kristen, for all the recipes you gathered for us. i’m sure it took you a lot of time and effort and i do appreciate it you sharing it with us.
kathy, if you find it too much trouble to copy these recipes, maybe you want to write some of your own and see just how much trouble that is. highlighting, copying, and pasting into notepad is not that hard. i’m sure that kristen is open to suggestions for improving the user-friendliness of her site, but wow, 11 options for healthy, relatively easy holiday breakfasts so you and your kids don’t end up eating cap’n crunch and ALL you can say is ‘can ya make it easier to copy’!?
MaryAnn Davis via Facebook says
Love this list from FoodRenegade.com : 11 TG Day Breakfast Ideas.