5 Vegetarian Recipes for Breakfast
Author: Danielle Tucker
Starting the day off right is essential no matter what kind of food you like to eat. While many people think of only cereal with milk or bacon and eggs as breakfast foods, those who don't eat animal proteins find those ideas unappealing. Does that mean you are relegated to salads for breakfast if you are a vegetarian? Absolutely not! Recipes for great breakfasts, whether you eat eggs or not, are easy to make and tasty too.
The easiest of recipes, this one can be adapted easily to a vegan palate as well. Fry up some garlic and onions in a saucepan. Add some chopped extra firm tofu, chopped tomatoes and peppers, or any other veggie you like. Fry until the veggies are tender. Salt and pepper to taste and then splash on some Tabasco sauce if you like it hot. Wrap the filling in sprouted grain tortillas and top with soy or regular cheese and sour cream.
You can make several of these at one time and freeze your extras for later in the week so you have something to grab on the go.
Couscous and Fruit
I love this breakfast because it is filling and nutritious and cooks in a matter of a couple of minutes. It is particularly great on a cool fall morning as it warms you from the inside out. To cook, you simply pour boiling water on your serving and make some coffee or tea while it cooks. Slice up some bananas, toss on berries, chop some apple, or throw on any fruit you like. A little bit of butter or margarine, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, and you have a tasty warm breakfast that took less than five minutes to prepare.
Smoothies are the ideal breakfast when you have to run out the door but still want a nutritious punch in your morning routine. As any vegetarian will tell you, you should keep several bags of berries in your freezer for just such meals. Berries + soy powder + nut milk + anything you like = a great smoothie. If you like your shake a little sweeter, add a banana. If you want to add some green powder, feel free. It is all a matter of taste.
Nut Butter Wrap
I know that a lot of people will hesitate to have a nut butter wrap because nuts are notoriously high in fat. While that is true, nut oils are heart healthy and provide essential nutrients that actually help you to lose weight, if eaten in moderation. Your best choice is raw, organic nut butter which can be found at most healthy food stores. Spread your nut butter on a sprouted grain tortilla and add some sliced banana or raisins to boost the nutrition a bit. This is easy and kids love it too.
Get some good bagels, red onions, capers, ripe tomatoes, and either cream cheese or soy substitute. Slice the onion thinly, the tomatoes thickly, and drain the capers and pile it all on. I like to put a couple of basil leaves on top as well. You can add another layer to the dish with smoked salmon if you eat fish as salmon is full of heart healthy omega 3.
There you go, five easy, tasty breakfasts that will suit a variety of palates and accommodate a busy schedule.