12 Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas That Make for a Bright Start to the Day
Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, but it doesn't have to be the same thing every morning. In fact, the options truly are endless. Switch up your morning routine by trying these tasty vegetarian breakfast ideas.
For a nutritious breakfast that's also quick to make, try one of the colorful toasts shown here. Is yogurt with citrus and honey your thing, or are you more of the mashed avocado with egg type? Maybe the super savory cream cheese with olives and lemon zest sound like your topper. If not, perhaps it's tahini with banana and maple syrup that you crave.
Since we're talking about breakfast, we'd be remiss not to include a few egg options. A colorful frittata packed with kale, scallions, and roasted red peppers might just be the hearty, healthy breakfast of your dreams. If you're often in a rush, the ready-to-go egg-and-tomato sandwich could be just what you need each morning. If a classic breakfast sandwich is what you need, we have plenty of recipes sure to satisfy.
For a sweeter start, try a breakfast pudding or a protein-packed waffle—both call for a topping of fresh fruit. When it comes to breakfast quinoa, often our hot cereal of choice, we rather adore this dramatic black quinoa breakfast topped with almond milk, avocado, and honey.
And for something else entirely different and totally delicious, try a baked sweet potato topped with oat crumble, a make-ahead favorite of ours. You could even sit down to a bowl of a vegetable-packed miso soup, because soup for breakfast should be a thing!
Hopefully we've convinced you that a vegetarian breakfast can and should be protein-packed, substantial, and healthy to boot. Here, the best recipes that fit the bill.
Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Frittata
This colorful frittata is packed with kale, scallions, and roasted red peppers.
Breakfast Vegetable-Miso Soup with Chickpeas
Soup in the morning is a healthy, savory choice, especially this miso with hearty vegetables and chickpeas.
Baked Sweet Potato with Maple-Oat Crumble
Here's a delicious, unexpected, make-ahead breakfast. You can bake the sweet potatoes up to three days ahead, then warm and top in the morning.
Coconut Breakfast Pudding with Sauteed Nectarines
Pudding for breakfast sounds decadent, but this dairy-free recipe is really a luxurious oatmeal made with almond milk and coconut and served with sautéed stone fruit and maple syrup.
Egg-and-Tomato Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast on the go should be easy. Use your favorite cheese in our quintessential breakfast baguette sandwich.
Tofu Scramble with Cotija Cheese and Tortillas
Craving a breakfast taco? Well, adios, huevos: The stars of this tasty recipe—crumbles of soft tofu, tinted yellow by turmeric—make a most delicious Mexican scramble. Avocado mellows the heat of serrano pepper. And it's all served in toasted tortillas with salty Cotija cheese.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles
Vegetarian and gluten-free, these waffles are a double threat and a most delicious way to breakfast or brunch.
Beet Hash with Eggs
Talk about eye-catching: This is perhaps the most colorful of breakfast and brunch dishes. Peeled and diced beets cook in only 10 minutes, so this recipe comes together in just 30 minutes.
Spicy Zucchini Frittata
No hot sauce is required for this lively Southwestern take on the Italian favorite. Corn kernels add sweetness. If you prefer less heat, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño.
Black Quinoa with Avocado, Almonds, and Honey
Think outside the cereal box. Go for extra crunch with black quinoa—it has a firmer texture than the better-known white variety. Serve with your favorite nut milk, honey, and almonds—and a surprising final touch: avocado, which makes a wonderful taste and textural contrast.
Sheet Pan Vegetable Hash with Eggs
Ready for an upgrade for your go-to hash? The oven does the work in this tasty one-pan recipe featuring finely chopped cauliflower and broccoli instead of the usual potato. This simple plant-based bake is as nutritious as it is delicious.