5 Superb Egg-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Savory Breakfast
Morning meals are so dominated by sugary treats like doughnuts and cereal that savory breakfast lovers seem to get the short end of the stick. Eggs provide plenty of nutrition, but having a scramble every day can get boring pretty fast. Plus, vegans shouldn’t have to eat avocado toast every day. Whether you’re avoiding cracking into the yolky protein out of boredom or because of a dietary restriction, we’ve found some great recipes that will make waking up totally worth it.
1. Vegan Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash
Having a filling breakfast is a great way to fuel up for the rest of the day, but a breakfast packed with grease and calories can leave you feeling more sleepy than supercharged. Give classic hash a vegan makeover in this sweet potato version loaded with meat-free chorizo, spinach, and chili powder. Thanks to par-cooking the sweet potatoes, the whole meal comes together incredibly fast. With plenty of fiber and vitamins, sweet potatoes are a nutritious and tasty way to start the day.
If you’re new to vegan cooking, don’t be intimidated. “Preparing food is really quite easy — you just leave out the animals,” Sarah McMinn says. And McMinn is grateful for the opportunity to share dishes like this delicious hash. “I have passions and skills and purpose that materialize in the blog,” she writes. If her skills involve more easy recipes like this, we’re all for it.
Visit My Darling Vegan for the recipe.
2. Avocado and Basil Greek Yogurt Parfait
The words “yogurt parfait” usually draw up images of creamy dairy layered with juicy berries and a sprinkle of granola. This recipe completely changes things by replacing those sweet additions with avocado, a squeeze of lemon, olive oil, and some basil. “This parfait will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day,” Rachael Hutchings says.
In addition to loads of health benefits from fiber and monounsaturated fats, avocados are a great addition to just about any meal. Hutchings definitely agrees, as she says of her family, “we are all ardent avocado lovers.” If you still feel unsure, keep in mind that this dish is sort of like eating guacamole for breakfast. That definitely can’t be bad.
Visit La Fuji Mama for the recipe.
3. Mexican Chickpea Scramble
Vegan eaters often turn to tofu-based scrambles for morning meals, which can be a great substitute. The texture definitely isn’t for everyone, though. Amber St. Peter offers a great alternative with this faux-egg recipe made from partially mashed chickpeas loaded with tomato, bell pepper, cabbage, and spices.
Cook up the veggies, then add the partially mashed beans to the same skillet. Once it’s heated, add in the spices, followed by the tomatoes and cabbage. Since the beans are already cooked, it’s really just a matter of getting everything hot. Need more reason to make this dish a part of your rotation? “It’ll fill you up and keep you full, and unlike cooked eggs, makes great leftovers,” St. Peter says. That calls for a double batch.
Visit Fettle Vegan for the recipe.
4. Tofu Rancheros
Going for a vegan diet means saying goodbye to lots of tasty breakfast foods. That doesn’t have to be the case with this vegified version of huevos rancheros, which subs tofu for the more standard over-easy topping. Even egg lovers will go crazy for this recipe. “This one will surely please everyone,” Alissa Saenz says. “It’s delicious.”
Though the savory nutritional yeast in the tofu and the mild sweetness of the corn add to the delectable taste, they’re not the stars of the show. “The real flavor is found in the beans here,” Saenz says. And this recipe doesn’t just have to be for breakfast — feel free to morph it into an easy brunch during the weekend or a simple dinner for weeknights.
Visit Connoisseurus Veg for the recipe.
5. Savory Yogurt Parfait With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pesto
Tomato, basil, and mozzarella make such a beautiful salad at supper that few have ever messed with the recipe. Emily Koch proves that sometimes the classics can benefit from a little shake-up. Here, she layers creamy yogurt with juicy tomatoes, homemade pesto, cucumbers, quinoa, and a little bit of feta.
If you’re used to yogurt with fruit and honey, give this dish a try. “As amazing as yogurt is as a sweet dish, it can be even more amazing as a savory one,” Koch says. With flavors like these, we couldn’t agree more. Though homemade pesto is easy to make, feel free to use a purchased version to speed things up.
Visit Robust Recipes for the recipe.