Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a night’s rest, we all need a good meal to give us the necessary energy to go out and face the day. In spite of that, a lot of us tend to neglect breakfast. Sometimes, it’s easier to just grab an apple or banana on the go when really, we should be eating something more substantial. Here at One Green Planet, we believe that we can (and should) get just as creative with breakfast as we do with lunch and dinner. If you’re bored of standard breakfast fare, then we’re happy to say that your first meal of the day doesn’t always have to be granola, oatmeal, cereal, and other traditional breakfast foods. Let’s great crafty and give breakfast the attention it really deserves.
Avocado toast is always a great start to the day — you get your grains and healthy fats to keep you full — but for a moment, let’s forget the avocado and dress up our toast with something a little more interesting. These recipes can be your leftovers from dinner or you can make them specifically for breakfast. From spicy Mexican flavors to curried vegetables and more, these 15 recipes are a new way to dress up your toast.
1. Butternut Squash Tacos With Tempeh Chorizo
The filling for these Butternut Squash Tacos With Tempeh Chorizo come together fairly quickly and are a meal just by themselves — but let’s put it on toast. Butternut squash is simmered with spices and cheesy nutritional yeast until tender and then paired with tempeh. We recommend smashing the butternut squash like a spread and throwing some avocado on top — because avocado should go on everything. You’ll love the spicy, complex flavors of this dish, especially first thing on a chilly morning.
2. Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin With Tahini Yogurt and Hazelnut Dukkah
Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend made from herbs, toasted nuts, and warm spices … not what you would typically think to add to something like this Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin, but the pairing is absolutely delicious. The pumpkin is perfectly tender and crispy around the edges, slightly sweet, and spicy from the cinnamon. The dukkah adds crunch while the creamy tahini yogurt adds cool flavors to the mix. This may be intended to be a side dish, but we sure think it deserves to be on toast.
3. Canadian Maple Baked Beans
These aren’t your typical baked beans. These easy-to-make Canadian Maple Baked Beans are the perfect amount of sweet mixed with just the right amount of savory — which sounds pretty perfect for breakfast. The sweetness comes from maple and molasses which is balanced out nicely with mustard, crushed tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.
4. Choley Dingri Dopiaza: Chickpeas and Mushrooms in Caramelized Onion Curry
Choley Dingri Dopiaza is a curry dish from Mughal that relies on slow-cooked onions as the base — in fact, “dopiaza” means “double onions.” Here, they’re cooked with chickpeas and woody Cremini mushrooms to make a hearty and wholesome curry that would also be amazing on toast. Unlike other curries, the gravy in this dish is lightly seasoned with the basics and it has delicate, sweet notes with a touch of smokiness from cumin and coriander.
5. Easy Caponata
Caponata is a traditional dish hailing from the south of Italy. It’s made from cooked eggplant, celery, capers, and, depending on the particular area, extra vegetables like olives or bell pepper. This Easy Caponata is rich, hearty, and savory — exactly the unique kind of dish that belongs on our morning toast. In this version, green and kalamata olives are thrown into the mix.
6. Avocatta Lasagna Rolls
What is in these Avocatta Lasagna Rolls? Only the best filling every. Avocado is mashed with vegan Parmesan, garlic, fresh herbs, savory tomato, and marinara sauce but skip the stuffing it into lasagna rolls part and put it on toast instead. You won’t regret it.
7. Sweet Potato Dhal
Dhal is an Indian dish that’s made using lentils and blended spices. This Sweet Potato Dhal keeps the lentil but adds creamy sweet potato into the mix. The result is a dish that’s nourishing, flavorful, and easy to make. Normally, you’d serve it with rice but just once, try it on toast.
Alright, so Shakshuka is technically already for breakfast. Typically topped with eggs, this recipe substitutes them for seasoned silken tofu, giving you a genuine, tangy and savory flavor experience. This is an easy one-pan meal that’s just begging to be served on a slice of toast.
9. Jackfruit Carnitas
Nobody will believe that these Jackfruit Carnitas are actually made from a tropical fruit. Jackfruit is sautéed with garlic and then simmered in a spicy sauce, allowing it to absorb all of the flavors. This recipe uses canned jackfruit in syrup, so it ends up sweet and spicy at the same time and then it’s topped with tangy quick-pickled red onions. Just remember to let the jackfruit sit overnight — the flavor payoff is worth it. Then in the morning, you’re good to go with your savory tropical fruit, Mexican-inspired toast creation!
10. Dosa Cakes With Curried Cauliflower and Kimchi
Just swap the dosa for toast in these Dosa Cakes With Curried Cauliflower and Kimchi and you have yourself a wonderful flavor fusion that’s unlike any breakfast. The lentils and rice are soaked overnight, then blended separately into a batter before being left in a warm oven to ferment for a few hours. The result is a sticky and tangy crèpe that becomes the perfect vehicle for all sorts of toppings, savory or sweet. Here, it’s served with roasted, curried cauliflower and spicy kimchi.
11. Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans
When you make this Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans, it’ll fill your home with the aroma of fall. Warming flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup are combined with sweet apple, hearty and comforting mashed sweet potato, and a creamy almond sauce that ties it all together. It’s topped with crunchy, buttery candied pecans to make a wonderful, fall-approved, and satisfying side dish that we would totally try on toast.
12. Pumpkin and Mushroom Quiche
What’s to love about quiches? You can serve them hot or cold, for breakfast or for lunch and the fillings are limitless — even if you don’t use eggs! This Pumpkin and Mushroom Quiche has a creamy pumpkin filling seasoned with rosemary and sage that’s topped with sautéed Porcini mushrooms. We think you should forgo the crust and add it on some toast instead. Serve this with a seasonal salad on the side.
13. Cauliflower Crisps and Tangy Tahini Dressing
Cauliflower florets are coated in cornmeal and Mediterranean spices like oregano and sesame, then served with (or directly dipped in) a tangy tahini dressing flecked with fresh parsley. It goes without saying that these Cauliflower Crisps and Tangy Tahini would be really awesome on toast, especially since it takes under 15 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!
14. Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Beet Tart
This Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Beet Tart not only looks amazing but also tastes great! The beet filling is creamy, rich, and satisfying. It’s a combination nobody will expect but everybody will love. Serve it as an entrée, as a starter or a side dish …or on toast. It will posh up your table for sure!
15. Butternut Squash, Potato, and Kale Casserole
This Butternut Squash, Potato, and Kale Casserole is as easy as can be! Sweet butternut squash, potatoes, and kale are tossed in a creamy seasoned sauce, then baked and tossed with vegan cheese shreds that get melty, gooey, and stretchy. It’s affordable and versatile since you can switch out the varieties of winter squash and potatoes depending on what ingredients you have on hand and it makes enough food to feed a big family — so you can use those leftovers for breakfast.
We hope these recipes give you a whole new interest in the most important meal of the day. But, if you’re looking for more, stop on by our vegan toast recipes page.
Lead image source: Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans