The Best Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas
Eggs and bacon are not the canon of breakfast. Besides American and Canadian cultures other countries have breakfast variations of pastries, fruits, yogurt, and even rice or noodles.
With a wide selection of quick and easy breakfast ideas you no longer have to think about what to cook in the morning. Whether you have a full house of people to feed or just your own stomach, we curated recipes that will allow you to save time in the morning and be more organized (you can even prepare some in advance).
The idea of having a meal at the beginning of the day does not surprise anyone. However, it was not always like that. The breakfast we know now looked completely different before 1920’s. (A combination of orange juice, a roll and a cup of coffee was a modest choice and not as nutritious as one might think breakfast ought to be.) However, it was the case until Edward L. Bernays came up with what we know as the All-American breakfast, (including eggs and bacon). He based his opinion on the research of a few well-known doctors who were convinced that breakfast must be more filling. (Surely, there were many other factors involved, and if you are interested in his connection to the modernization of the food industry you could read it over here.)
Conclusion? As per Edward L. Bernays, breakfast must be nutritious to fill one’s body with energy before starting the work day. As per reflection on all breakfast varieties, you do not have to stick with a typical set of toast, eggs and bacon. Team savory or team sweet, English muffin with sausage or pancakes with syrup, whether you are the former or the latter there is breakfast option for anyone.
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Roasted Potato and Chorizo Hash
There is no better comfort food for a cold or rainy morning than roasted potato with chorizo hash. This dish is filling and delicious, yet so simple to make.
Potato hash is versatile: it can be prepared by dicing potatoes, onions and peppers, and mixing red or sweet onions and bell peppers.
At the same time, chorizo adds spicy and meaty touch to the dish, while salsa, sour cream and cilantro complete the meal with more flavour and texture.
- Baby potatoes (red or white)
- ½ red onion
- ¼ red bell pepper
- ¼ green bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 8 ounces of Mexican chorizo
- 2 – 4 large eggs
Prepare potatoes. Cut each baby potato in half, and add to a cast iron skillet. Then dice onions, peppers and also add to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika, add oil and roast for approximately 30-35 minutes.
While vegetables are roasting, brown chorizo and drain.
Fry the eggs right when the vegetables are almost done.
Combine chorizo with potatoes, place eggs on top and add garnishes on a side.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Sheet Pan Pancake
The reason many people stay away from making pancakes unless on a weekend, is because of the necessity to pour and flip each pancake. Yet, on days when your kids are asking for a sweet breakfast, and you have no time to make a pile of pancakes, simply cook one supersized cake and slice it in squares.
- 2 cups of milk
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups of pancake mix
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Start with preheating the oven to 425 F. Meanwhile, line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whip all ingredients together in a bowl.
Pour the batter into the lined sheet pan.
Top with chocolate chips (raisins, peanuts, or any other topping of your choice).
Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the size of the sheet.
Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh berries or salted caramel. (You can also slice this oversized pancake and pack a few pieces as a lunch snack for your kids.)
Sausage and Egg Sandwiches
Just like a drive-thru pick-up, only better, this Sausage and Egg Sandwich is easy-to-make, filling breakfast you could take to-go.
This particular recipe mixes sweet, savoury and spicy flavours of maple syrup, Cheddar cheese and meat.
You can also make a few extra sandwiches and keep them in the fridge for the next few days.
Ingredients (to make three sandwiches):
- 3 eggs
- 3 slices Cheddar cheese
- 3 English muffins
- Pork sausages
- 3 tablespoons of softened salted butter mixed with maple syrup
Unless you have precooked meat patties that you could throw into an air fryer (SEE), you would have to form pork sausages into patties.
Cook meat in a large, non-stick pan until golden brown and crisp (3-4 minutes).
Drain the fat, return the pan to the stove, and pour in previously whisked eggs, salt and pepper.
Cook until the top is almost set, then fold eggs over in half and reduce heat and finish cooking.
Whisk butter and add in some maple syrup.
Toast English Muffins.
Assemble each sandwich by spreading maple butter on both halves, placing an egg on the bottom, and top with a cooked patty and a slice of cheese. If you want to melt cheese, place the sandwich in a microwave for 20 seconds. Cap with English muffin top.
Cinnamon-Vanilla French Toast with Berries
Favourite classic for many, French Toast topped with berries is an ideal dish to start your weekend. You can prepare it in a few minutes, and enjoy it with your morning coffee. It is a simple, yet juicy piece of bread, with toppings that can vary based on your preferences. The main advantage is that for this breakfast dessert you do not need any special ingredients. Most likely you have some bread at home, as well as cinnamon, eggs and syrups.
- French baguette or toast
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil for frying
- ¾ cups of milk
- Maple syrup (agave syrup/condensed milk/chocolate syrup)
- Fresh berries
- Powdered sugar
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
Place pieces of bread into the dish and let it soak for about 5 minutes. Flip each piece after 2 ½ minutes.
Fry pieces of bread over medium-high heat until golden brown.
Serve with syrup, berries and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Gruyère, Bacon and Spinach Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are simple to make, but it does not mean they have to be boring. The beauty of any egg-based breakfast is that you can mix it up with various ingredients like meats and vegetables, and add spices to your liking.
The same applies to scrambled eggs. This recipe suggests a mix of gruyere cheese, bacon and spinach. The main reason to use Gruyere cheese is its flavour: rich, creamy, salty, and nutty. However, you can always substitute ingredients with something like ham, arugula and parmesan or cheddar cheese.
- 6-8 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 slices of thick-cut bacon (previously cooked and broken into pieces)
- 2 cups of torn-up spinach
- 2 ounces of shredded Gruyere cheese
- Salt, pepper
Whisk eggs, Dijon mustard and a splash of water in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet, pour out eggs and cook for a few minutes, stirring with a rubber spatula.
Add bacon, spinach and cheese and fold it all together.
Easy Breakfast Casserole
Another egg-based meal, that is also filling, comforting and nutritious, is the breakfast casserole. Just like scrambled eggs, it allows you to mix and match ingredients according to your liking. Whatever meat and vegetables you have in the fridge can be added to the casserole.
This particular recipe suggests a mix of sausage, hash browns, peppers and more. The advantage of the casserole dish is that you can prepare it the night before and place it in an oven in the morning. While it is baking, you can continue getting ready for a work day.
- ½ pound of ground sausage
- 1 medium onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 pound of hash brown potatoes
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Ground pepper
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, heat a skillet pan over medium heat and cook the sausage. Add pepper, and onion and fry until sausage is browned and vegetables are softened.
Combine sausage and vegetables with hash browns and cheddar cheese. Put into a greased baking dish.
Whisk eggs and milk. Pour over the hash brown mixture.
Place in an oven and bake for 50-60 minutes until eggs are set in the center.
Sheet Pan Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake
Speaking of baked breakfast dishes, this one wins in its ease of preparation and time of cooking. A sheet pan of sausage and eggs is an ideal choice for a large family, a busy morning or when hosting relatives that came to stay over the weekend.
- Little farm-style sausages
- Grape tomatoes
As you preheat the oven to 425 F, arrange sausages and bacon on a lined baking sheet.
Bake it for at least 15 minutes.
Pull out the sheet, and make space for eggs.
Crack eggs over the baking sheet, then carefully pour them out of the shells.
Slice tomatoes in half and spread them out.
Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.
Keep baking until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
Smashed Avocado Toast with Egg
From a coffee shop-style breakfast, avocado toast can be easily adapted and repeated in your own kitchen. It is healthy, filling and versatile in terms of flavours dish. The essential part of it is well-ripened avocado. Other than that, you can top it with tomatoes, eggs, radishes, greens, cheeses and more.
(To check if avocado is ready simply squeeze it with your palm. For it to be ready to cook, avocado should yield slightly. If it feels firm give it another day or two. The same applies to the stem. If you can easily remove it, the fruit is ready to eat.)
As for other ingredients, suggested hard-boiled eggs can also be cooked in advance. Cook a few eggs and store them in a fridge. In that case, you won’t have to boil one egg every morning, but can quickly assemble the toast.
- 1 slice of toast
- ½ avocado
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 hard-boiled egg (or even a soft egg if you want to place a whole one on top of a toast)
- Pepper blend for some spice
- Drizzle olive oil
Smash avocado with a fork onto the toasted bread.
Squeeze some lemon juice over the avocado.
Slice one hard-boiled egg and place it on top of the avocado.
You can experiment with adding slices of tomatoes, radishes or cheese, and finish it by sprinkling salt, pepper, olive oil and/or some spicy sauce.
Classic Omelet and Greens
Just like scrambled eggs, an omelet is a breakfast classic. You can make it as spicy, savory, creamy and nutritious as you want. If your mornings are typically stressful and rushed, slice meats and vegetables in the evening, whisk eggs and store them in a fridge, and in the morning simply assemble it all together in a pan.
- Olive oil
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 8 eggs (3-8 depending on how many portions you are making)
- Finely grated parmesan
- Lemon juice
- Baby spinach
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet, add onions and cook until tender.
Transfer onions to a bowl.
Using a large bowl, whisk together eggs, a splash of water and salt.
Melt some butter in a skillet and pour out eggs. Remember to stir constantly until the eggs are partially set. Then turn the heat to low, cover the pan tightly and cook for 4 more minutes.
Remove the lid and top eggs with parmesan and previously cooked onions. Fold the omelet in half.
Stir together some lemon juice, olive oil, and toss spinach leaves in the mix. Serve on a side.
Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffins
Have you ever tried famous Starbucks egg muffins and wondered how many of those tiny treats you would have to eat to fill you up at the beginning of the day? Well, you can easily make something similar at home. And just like any other egg-based breakfast, you can experiment with toppings. This recipe suggests a classic combination of meat and greens.
- 6-7 eggs
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ lb prosciutto
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- 2 cloves of garlic
Grease a muffin pan and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Use a large bowl and whisk together eggs, salt and pepper. Add parmesan cheese.
Use a nonstick skillet and cook onions until golden.
Add prosciutto, and spinach and cook for about 3 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook for another minute.
Fill muffin forms with the meat-greens mixture and top it with eggs and cheese.
Place in an oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
Let muffins cool for a few minutes, remove them from the form and serve.
Nectarine Bruschetta Sandwich
Are you feeling like eating something fancy for breakfast? There is no better combination than cheese and fruits topped together on a piece of fresh bread. Although this recipe suggests nectarine, you can always substitute it for a peach, plums or even berries.
- 2-3 nectarines, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons of apricot jam mixed with a bit of water
- Sliced baguette
Use a large bowl to combine nectarines, rice wine vinegar, honey, pinch of salt and add some mint and pomegranate arils (optional).
In the second bowl mix ricotta and apricot jam. Add fresh basil (optional).
Spread ricotta mix on the bread. Place nectarines on top of cheese and drizzle with honey.
Flower Power Sunny-Side Eggs
If you want something healthy and colourful on your plate, or want to turn breakfast for your kids into a playful show, try sunny-side eggs in bell peppers.
- 6 eggs
- 3 bell peppers
- Thinly sliced spring onions
- 75g of coarsely grated cheese
- Chili flakes (optional)
Heat your oven to 325 F.
Meanwhile cut each pepper in half and remove the middle. Make sure each half sits flat.
Place the pepper into a small baking form and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove the peppers from the oven and place some cheese and onions inside. Sprinkle chili flakes or a bit of paprika. Crack an egg into each half and return the form to the oven. Bake for another 15 minutes.
This Middle East dish is a combination of simple ingredients, assembled into an appetizing, savory meal. Because of spices like paprika, cumin and chili, and flavours of simmered tomatoes and poached eggs this breakfast has a rich taste. It might take a longer time to prepare than a simple omelet, yet it surely can become one of your favourite morning (or even afternoon) meals.
- 6 eggs
- Salt, pepper
- Peeled tomatoes (28-ounce can)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, (finely chopped)
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- 1 small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Chop an onion, red bell pepper and sauté it with olive oil on medium heat.
Add garlic and spices and keep stirring.
Pour out peeled tomatoes and break them into little pieces using a spatula.
Cook for a bit and then crack eggs on top. (Make little holes for eggs before cracking.)
Reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
Season the eggs with salt, parsley and cilantro.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Just like eggs, oatmeal is a blank canvas to which you can add a combination of toppings based on your preferences, seasonal fruits and berries, nuts and syrups.
You could try making your oats in Instant Pot. (Check out the Best Instant Pots in Canada.) If you don’t have much time in the morning for breakfast, prepare a batch of oatmeal in an Instant Pot, and then use a little for every breakfast throughout a week.
- 1 cup of oats
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 banana
- Honey or maple syrup
Use a saucepan and toast the oats in butter for a minute or two.
Add liquid and cook for a few minutes, constantly stirring.
Add a splash of milk if you want a creamier texture.
Stir in peanut butter.
Slice the banana and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
If the banana does not make it sweet enough, drizzle some honey or syrup on top.
Additional: substitute bananas with berries, figs, or dried fruits. Add almond butter instead of peanut butter and melted dark chocolate instead of syrup.
Crepes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling
Another dessert you can make for yourself and your family on a weekend is crepes with strawberry fillings. (The word “crêpe” is of French origin and is pronounced krep” (rhymes with ‘step’) if you are from France or “krape” (rhymes with ‘grape’) if you are from the U.S. FavFamilyRecipes.)
Cream cheese filling perfectly balances the sweetness of berries and crepes. You could also make crepes in advance and roll them in the morning right before serving.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil or melted butter
In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients, then pour it into a bowl or a container, cover with a lid and refrigerate for about an hour.
Heat a skillet and either spray oil or melt butter.
Pour half a cup of the batter into the pan. Tilt and turn until the surface of the pan is completely covered.
Cook for a few minutes, flipping over once until both sides are golden. The thinner the crepe, the better the taste and the faster it will cook.
Roll up crepes with a mix of sliced strawberries, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Other topping ideas:
- Sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheese. Add sour cream, cheese, and salsa.
- Cottage cheese and peaches
- Butter, cinnamon, and sugar
- Vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate sauce
- Banana and whipped cream
- Ham and cheese
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