Breakfast should never be boring. If you’re in a morning rut, try one of these better breakfast recipes to brighten your day.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
Separate eggs yolks from whites. Place the whites into one large bowl and the yolks in 4 separate bowls (one bowl for each yolk)
Whisk the whites until fluffy (tip: using an immersion blender or hand mixer would speed up this part)
Carefully fold in cheese or other additions (see Variations)
Spoon 4 mounds of whipped egg whites onto pan. Make a deep well in center of each using the back of a spoon
Bake whites for 3 minutes
Add one yolk to each, season with salt and pepper or other additions (see Variations)
Return to oven and bake 3-5 minutes, until yolks set to your liking.
Variation: Bacon Cheddar Chive
Swap parmesan for ¼ cup cheddar cheese (step 4). Add 3 strips of bacon (crumbled) and cheese to whites (step 7). Top cooked egg with 2 tbsp. chopped chives.
Variation: Salsa Cilantro
Swap parmesan for ¼ cup Monterey Jack cheese (step 4). Fold cheese into whites. Top cooked egg with ¼ cup of salsa and 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro.
Variation: Ham and Swiss
Swap parmesan for ¼ cup Swiss cheese (step 4). Add ¼ lb. deli ham, chopped, and cheese to whites (step 7). Top cooked egg with 2 tbsp. fresh dill.
Combine all ingredients and additions (see Variations) in a large jar or seal-able container.
Shake the jar and pop it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, eat them cold or microwave for one minute.
Variation: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
To base, add 1 tbsp. peanut butter, ½ banana (sliced) and 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
Variation: Tropical Breeze
To base, add 1/3 cup chopped pineapple and/or mango, 1 tbsp. unsweetened flaked coconut and ½ tsp vanilla extract
Variation: Pumpkin Pie
To base, add ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 1 tsp maple syrup, ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, ½ tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. chopped pecans
Top toasted bread with mashed avocado, salt and pepper, and any additions (see Variations)
Variation: Avocado Egg Toast
To base, add an egg (fried, poached, scrambled, or even a cloud egg) and dashes of garlic powder, chives and onion powder
Variation: Chocolate Berry Avocado Toast
Mix in ½ tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tsp maple syrup with mashed avocado. Top with strawberries or raspberries
Variation: Bruschetta Toast
Top base with diced cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Still hungry? Check out Five Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes for Fall.
Erika is a Syracuse native who lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter. She is a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
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