13 Breakfast Recipes to Power You Through the Day

Pictured: Breakfast Toad in the Hole recipe from CHOW

Remember the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? With all of a day's activity–work, gym, happy hour–skipping breakfast is a big no-no. So to get your day off to a great start, we’re giving you 13 hearty breakfast recipes guaranteed to keep you full through lunch (or at least most of the morning).

1. Bacon-Cheddar Breakfast Burrito


Start your day off right by hitting the three most important food groups: bacon, eggs, and cheese. Well those might not be actual food groups, but our breakfast burrito recipe contains the protein and carbohydrates you need to get you through your morning meetings. Get our Bacon-Cheddar Breakfast Burrito recipe.

2. Chorizo Breakfast Burrito


Breakfast burritos are one of our favorite options for breakfast on the go. This version, with chorizo, eggs, and potato, is filling and delicious; be careful if you’re eating this on the go–chorizo is known to stain! Get our Chorizo Breakfast Burrito recipe.

3. Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burrito


As much as we like bacon and sausage, it's good to switch it up every once in a while and go with a meatless option. Enter our black bean-poblano burrito–it’s so flavorful that you’ll forget that it’s missing the meat. Get our Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burrito recipe.

4. Carnitas Avocado Breakfast Burrito


For a south-of-the-border take on the breakfast burrito, you’ll want to try our version with carnitas and avocado. Preparation is a cinch once you’ve made our Carnitas recipe the night before. Get our Carnitas Avocado Breakfast Burrito recipe.

5. Harissa-Pancetta Breakfast Pizza


If you’re looking for a spicy start to the day, look no further than our recipe for Harissa-Pancetta Breakfast Pizza. You’ll love the spice and flavor of harissa–a Tunisian hot chile pepper paste, available in specialty grocery stores–and freshly made pizza is a major step up from a leftover slice. Get our Harissa-Pancetta Breakfast Pizza recipe.

6. Breakfast Turkey Burgers


Sure, you could head to McDonald's for a McMuffin, but why not eat something that won’t make you feel like garbage later that morning. Our version of America’s favorite breakfast sandwich swaps out the pre-made sausage patty with a handmade turkey burger. It’s so good, you’ll be saying “I’m lovin' it” in no time. Get our Breakfast Turkey Burger recipe.

7. Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole


We’re a big fan of getting the prep out of the way early at CHOW, so it’s no surprise that our cheesy sausage breakfast casserole is a weekend staple. Since you do most of the work the night before, all you have to do is stick it in the oven the morning of and enjoy your coffee while it bubbles away in the oven. Set it and forget it. Get our Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe.

8. Apple Cinnamon Waffles


Waffles, the buffer brother to pancakes, are always a good option when you’re looking for a heavier breakfast. Our Apple Cinnamon version is the perfect start to a weekend morning when you need to muster the energy for a trip to Home Depot that afternoon, maybe Bed Bath and Beyond if you have enough time. Get our our Apple Cinnamon Waffle recipe.

9. Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal


Starting your day with a bowl of steel-cut oats is one of the healthiest things you can do. Forget any preconceived ideas you have about oatmeal; steel-cut oats are leaps and bounds above the instant kind. Just stick everything in the slow cooker overnight and you’ll have hot oatmeal ready to go first thing in the a.m. Get our Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe.

10. Sriracha Cheddar Cornbread Waffles


For anyone looking for a flavorful breakfast, this recipe from Food52 for Srichacha Cheddar Cornbread Waffles hits all the right notes: sweet, spicy, and savory. Prep is just as easy as any other made-from-scratch waffle and we think you’ll like the complexity of flavors and crispy texture in this winner. Get the recipe here.

11. Turkey and Stuffing Waffle Croque-Madame Sandwich

Serious Eats

Adding to the list of creative reuses for Thanksgiving leftovers, Serious Eats Kenji Lopez-Alt has created a dish that knocks the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich down a notch. Topped with a white cheddar béchamel, this might be a breakfast that leads to more couch time than activity. Get the recipe here.

12. Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Reclaiming Provincial

For a slightly healthier start to the day, try this miso vegetarian breakfast bowl from Reclaiming Provincial. It’s easy to make and your body will appreciate the kick-start you'll get from a full serving of vegetables first thing in the morning. Get the Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl recipe.

13. Jamie Oliver’s Huevos Rancheros

Jamie Oliver

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather from too many cervezas, Jamie Oliver’s Huevos Rancheros recipe might be just the cure you’re looking for to get over the grogginess that accompanies a late night. This traditional Mexican breakfast dish combines eggs, chiles, tomatoes, and peppers over a fried tortilla. Get Jamie Oliver’s Huevos Rancheros recipe.

Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that's Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.

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