11 HEARTY BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR A STRONG MORNING START
Hearty breakfast options are a great way to start your day on the right foot, and they offer something for everyone regardless of the occasion. Whether it's brunch with friends or a large family gathering, hearty breakfast options provide the sustenance needed to take on the day.
On cold mornings, heartier breakfast recipes such as eggs benedict, french toast and pancakes can help warm you up. For larger groups, dishes like casseroles, frittatas and hashes make for an easy way to create flavorful dishes that everyone can enjoy. What's more, all of these dishes are extremely versatile, giving you the ability to experiment and make these creations truly your own.
Below are 11 hearty breakfast ideas that you can use as inspiration for your own making.
WHAT IS A HEARTY BREAKFAST?
Compared to lighter fare like an acai bowl or a quick protein bar for the road, a hearty breakfast usually incorporates more substantial ingredients intended to provide sustenance and energy for the day ahead. Common hearty breakfast items include eggs, grains, meat and other protein-rich ingredients.
The benefits of a hearty breakfast are many. The following breakfast ideas can help provide energy throughout the day with quality ingredients that you can use to elevate your favorite morning recipes.
HEARTY BREAKFAST RECIPES
A hearty breakfast is an ideal way to start your day with energy and nourishment. Big, hearty breakfast ideas are fantastic for designing recipes with quality ingredients that will provide sustenance and fuel for a busy morning.
From simple dishes like eggs and bacon to more advanced recipes like soufflés or garlic and herb sandwiches, KitchenAid® countertop ovens, food processors and more are great tools for creating delicious, hearty morning meals. The following hearty breakfast recipes offer something for everyone, regardless of the occasion or size of the group.
1. BREAKFAST SANDWICHES
Breakfast sandwiches are a great way to combine protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats into one compact meal that can be prepared in minutes. Start with whole grain bread or an English muffin, then add your favorite ingredients such as eggs, cheese, bacon, homemade sausage, avocados or other vegetables of your choice.
Delicious and easy to handle, breakfast sandwiches can be made in multiples to feed a crowd with versatile tools like KitchenAid® countertop or toaster ovens. You can also create your own homemade sandwich bread or hearty sourdough loaf using your KitchenAid® stand mixer to create delightful creations like pesto prosciutto ciabatta sandwiches.
2. CLASSIC OMELET
A classic omelet filled with ingredients like mushrooms, onions and peppers provides a hearty breakfast to get your day started right. Packed with protein, this savory dish is sure to keep you satisfied until lunchtime. Experiment with different vegetables to get your daily fill and create your ideal taste and texture. Easily chop fresh vegetables with a KitchenAid® cordless hand blender for an asparagus souffléd omelet with spicy cilantro sauce. The whisk attachment allows you to incorporate air into your egg mixture for a soufféd texture.
3. EGG BAKES AND SCRAMBLES
Egg bakes and scrambles make for the perfect hearty breakfast for large groups. The preparation involved is minimal, so you can focus on building the flavors and experimenting with various additions to create an elevated dish for an intimate brunch.
Egg bakes can be made with a variety of ingredients such as mushrooms, spinach, cheese, tomatoes, peppers and onions — all of which can be incorporated with eggs to create a dish that is filling as well as delicious. Simply pop a tray in your KitchenAid® countertop oven to feed your crowd.
4. FRENCH TOAST, WAFFLES AND PANCAKES
You can create hearty breakfast staples like french toast, waffles and pancakes as an ideal way to experiment with different flavors and textures. Sweet and savory toppings like syrup, cream cheese or fruit can be added for your own unique flavor, while crunchy add-ins like nuts or granola give the breakfast a little extra texture and greater balance.
Make delicious french toast with homemade challah bread or filling protein waffles with a KitchenAid® stand mixer for a tasty start to your morning.
5. SMOOTHIE BOWLS
Smoothie bowls truly allow you to flex your creativity in the kitchen. Start with a base of your favorite yogurt and blend it with fresh fruits, vegetables and other ingredients, such as protein powder or nut butter to make an energizing smoothie bowl that packs all the nutrients you need to get going in the morning. Get creative with different add-ins for an even more filling boost with granola, coconut flakes and chocolate chips prepared with your KitchenAid® food processor or chopper.
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6. HASHES, CASSEROLES AND GRATINS
Hashes and casseroles are delicious dishes that are perfect for larger groups and can be made with a variety of ingredients depending on your preference. From sweet potato hash to savory breakfast strata and pancetta gratin, these recipes are sure to satisfy the whole family on a cold morning or a large brunch group of your closest friends.
The KitchenAid® Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment for your stand mixer can help you quickly shred and slice and potatoes, cheese and onions. You can also use a spiralizer attachment to create unique textures in your next hearty breakfast hash or gratin.
Quiche is a classic French dish made with eggs, cream and other ingredients like meats, vegetables or cheese that is baked in a flaky pastry crust. Quiche makes for an excellent hearty breakfast full of flavor that you can customize to your preference.
Use your KitchenAid® stand mixer to create your own beautiful creations and experiment with different delicious ingredients variations like asparagus and red pepper, herbed zucchini and cremini mushrooms and fontina quiches.
8. AVOCADO TOAST
Avocado toast is an extremely satisfying breakfast that is simple to prepare in minutes for your next brunch with family or friends. The creamy avocado pairs perfectly with a crispy slice of toast, and the dish can be easily customized with your favorite toppings. Add a poached egg for an extra boost of protein or keep it simple with salt, pepper and olive oil.
Give your avocado toast a truly homemade feel by making your bread from scratch with a KitchenAid® bowl-lift stand mixer.
Soufflés are a classic French dish of fluffy egg whites combined with flavorful ingredients. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, soufflés can be made to fit your tastes and preferences for an elegant and unique breakfast experience. Experiment with different flavors like chocolate or cheese to create a truly unique dish.
10. BREAKFAST BOWLS
Breakfast bowls are a great way to create a sweet or hearty meal using only one pot. Start by sautéing a variety of vegetables like peppers, mushrooms and onions in oil, then add some protein-rich ingredients such as eggs or tofu for an extra boost. Top the dish off with some cheese, herbs or spices for a flavorful and balanced breakfast. Or start with a light and airy flavored yogurt and top with mixed berries and nuts chopped in your KitchenAid® food chopper.
11. BREAKFAST BREADS, MUFFINS AND SCONES
Sweet breakfast bread, muffins or scones make the perfect base for a balanced breakfast incorporating nut butters, which provide good fats and protein to help fuel your day. Choose from popular flavors like peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter, then add honey or your favorite jam for a delicious and hearty breakfast as sweet as a dessert.
To make a truly hearty breakfast, breakfast breads, muffins or scones are the perfect side to main dishes, like breakfast risotto with homemade sausage. Use your KitchenAid® stand mixer to make hearty breakfast soda bread from scratch and pair with a creamy almond spread made with your KitchenAid® blender.
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HOW DO I MAKE A HEARTY BALANCED BREAKFAST?
Creating a hearty balanced breakfast that is balanced between different tastes, textures and food types can be achieved with careful planning and consideration. This can be achieved by adding a variety of ingredients from each food group.
To make a more balanced breakfast, be sure to include whole grains like oats or quinoa; proteins like eggs; dairy like milk; healthy fats like nut butters; fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals and herbs and spices for an extra boost in flavor.
CAN I MAKE A HEARTY VEGETARIAN BREAKFAST WITH OATMEAL?
Yes, a hearty breakfast doesn't have to include meat and oatmeal is an excellent base for a hearty vegetarian breakfast. Start with a bowl of premade oatmeal or rolled oats, adding your favorite toppings like fresh fruit and nuts.
For extra protein, add ingredients such as yogurt or nut butter to make the dish more filling.
Oatmeal bowls are incredibly versatile with both sweet and savory options. Use your KitchenAid® food chopper to create nut toppings for homemade acai bowls with refreshing berries, or incorporate the deeper flavors of chickpeas or black beans with your KitchenAid® blender.
ARE THERE HEARTY VEGAN BREAKFAST OPTIONS?
Yes, hearty vegan breakfast recipes are possible. Start with a base of grains such as oats, quinoa or vegan bread and add plant-based proteins like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds for added sustenance.
Vegan breakfasts can also be made heartier by adding cooked vegetables like spinach, mushrooms or peppers to your toast or quinoa bowl. For an even greater boost of flavor, top it all off with fresh fruits, nut butters and herbs and spices.
Hearty breakfast ideas are only limited by your own imagination. To make these recipes more exciting, try experimenting with different flavors and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom. You can also use seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep your dishes fresh and interesting.
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