Opt for something out-of-the-box with one of these easy, unexpected options.

By Tamara Rahoumi
Updated August 10, 2020
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You know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when the same old plate of scrambled eggs or bowl of cereal is starting to make your morning meal feel nothing short of bland, it might be time for an upgrade. While we've got nothing against a simple bowl of maple oatmeal or a good old classic omelet, having the same go-to breakfast day in and day out—no matter how delicious—can get old pretty quickly. This weekend, take a break from your usual options and try something a little more out of the ordinary. Trust us—your family will thank you for it, and you might even find yourself a new go-to meal to start your morning.

A Breakfast Bruschetta Bar

Whether you prefer to go the sweet or savory route for breakfast, one of the best things that you can do—especially if you're feeding the whole family—is allow for a little customization. This breakfast bruschetta bar is the perfect way to create something totally fresh for the breakfast table while giving everyone a range of toppings to choose from, including sautéed spinach, smoked salmon, heirloom tomatoes, almonds, bananas, jam, honey, and cheese.

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A Warm Quinoa Bowl

You might be more accustomed to incorporating quinoa into your tabbouleh or veggie burgers, but you can definitely break from the savory and sweeten the deal a bit with a simple quinoa breakfast bowl. Perfect for oatmeal lovers looking to shake things up, warm quinoa cereal can easily be customized according to preference, from simple toppings like blueberries and honey to ones that feel a bit more indulgent, like chocolate and maple syrup (yes, please), everyone is sure to enjoy this recipe.

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A Southwestern Breakfast Hash

Take your taste buds on a little trip south of the border with this super simple breakfast hash that you can whip right up in a single skillet. With ingredients like avocado, beans, potatoes, jalapeños, and cumin, you can bet this meal is as hearty as it is flavorful. Meanwhile, additions like nutritional yeast and tempeh keep the dish a little on the healthier side—not to mention vegan. We promise, though, this hash will be a hit with anyone, vegan or not!

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A Breakfast Sandwich Frittata

Do you love to start your weekend mornings with a breakfast sandwich? Shake things up with a dish that's still close to what's familiar and make this simple breakfast sandwich frittata. It takes everything that you love about a breakfast sandwich—there's bread, there's bacon, there's cheese—and offers it up as a kind of deconstructed iteration. Get ready to say "hello" to a new favorite.

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A Savory Breakfast Bowl

There's something about tossing together a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and mixing them up while you eat that is especially delicious, and doing so for breakfast is no different. If you're accustomed to sweet breakfast bowls—think oatmeal and cereal—then you'll love some variety—try a little something savory. This bowl uses a barley base (who said the grain only deserves a spot on your dinner plate) and packs a nutritional punch with toppings like kale, eggs, Greek yogurt, and avocado.

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