With the season of fall in full effect, the chilly mornings can make getting your day started a little tougher than usual. On those cold days, starting off with a hot and comforting breakfast can make things a little bit easier! There are so many options when it comes to choosing what to eat for breakfast. Whether you like a fresh omelette, a hot and hearty breakfast burrito, steel-cut oatmeal, a quinoa bowl, or stuffed French toast, a hot breakfast is just what you need to start the day off right and get that extra boost of energy we all desperately need in the colder months. Prepare yourself for the coldest time of year and check out this list of 10 hot breakfasts perfect for cold mornings!
1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal
One of the easiest and most versatile breakfast foods is oatmeal! Not only is it easy to make, it’s good topped off with almost anything. From berries to nuts to a drizzle of honey, a hearty bowl of steel-cut oatmeal makes the perfect hot breakfast to warm you up on a cold morning. To make, bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Next, stir in 1 cup of steel-cut oats and a pinch of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes. Stir the oats occasionally so they don’t stick to the pot. Once the oats start to thicken around the 30 minute mark, pour in a 1/2 cup of milk and stir. Let cook for 10 more minutes then remove from heat. Eat as is or add your favorite mix-ins! Some suggestions include honey, cinnamon, vanilla, nuts, berries, bananas, apples, peaches, raisins, or cranberries. Serve hot and enjoy!
2. Millet With Pears And Brown Sugar Bourbon
Nothing will warm your soul more on a cold winter morning like this creamy millet porridge with sweet brown sugar bourbon pears! It will give just the boost you need to take on the day! To make, first place 1 cup of millet into a saucepan over high heat. Toast until it becomes aromatic. Then add 2 cups of water to the saucepan, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer covered for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed. While the millet is cooking, place 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a pan over medium heat. While it cooks, stir it continuously. Add in a splash of bourbon and continue stirring until alcohol cooks off. Then, add 2 pears cut into bite-size pieces and 1/2 cup of walnuts to the mixture. Continue heating until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat. Divide the millet into two bowls and top with the brown sugar bourbon pears. Enjoy with BAE or save the second bowl for the next morning!
3. Avocado And Egg Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Tired of sweet breakfast bowls? Well this quinoa breakfast bowl is the perfect option for a cold morning! Served hot and topped with a fried egg and avocado, this dish is sure to start your day off on a healthy and tasty note! To make, first rinse 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa in a strained. Then, combine the quinoa with 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it boils, reduce to a simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat then add two eggs. Cook until desired doneness. Remove the quinoa from heat, cover, and let steam for 5 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Top off with the eggs, a sliced avocado, feta cheese, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!
4. Cottage Cheese And Garden Veggie Omelette
Omelettes are a classic breakfast and super easy to make! Not only are they a good go-to hot breakfast during the colder months, they are packed with protein from the eggs! To make this omelette, first whisk 2 eggs with a pinch of turmeric, salt, and pepper and set aside. Next, heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a pan and fry 1 sliced garlic clove in it for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups fresh spinach to the garlic and oil and cook until it wilts. Transfer to a bowl. Add another teaspoon of vegetable oil to the same pan and swirl until it coats it. Pour the whisked eggs into the pan and cook until it sets. On one half of the egg, add the cooked spinach, 3 tablespoons of ricotta cheese, and a few sliced cherry tomatoes. Last, flip the other half of the omelette over so it covers the spinach, cheese, and tomatoes. Slide the omelette onto a plate and enjoy!
5. Mushroom And Spinach Frittata
This dish a great option when you’re needing to serve several people or like to meal-prep for the week! For this recipe, it helps to use pre-sliced mushrooms and bagged spinach in order for this dish to come together super quick! To make, start by cooking 1 10-ounce bag of sliced mushrooms with some vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic. Next, add 1 6-ounce bag of baby spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat. Then, beat 6 eggs in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons milk, salt, pepper, and the spinach mixture. Add some vegetable oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat until it sizzles. Pour the egg mixture in and swirl the pan to distribute it evenly. Once the eggs starts to cook, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Ever so often, remove the lid and slide a spatula along the bottom of the frittata to prevent burning. Once the frittata is just about set, place it in a heated broiler for 2 minutes, until the top sets. Remove from the broiler and let cool for 10 minutes. Slide the frittata onto a plate and cut into wedges for serving. Enjoy!
6. Baked Egg And Ham Cups
Sometimes breakfast isn’t at the top of the list on a hectic morning, but it’s important to eat something! These baked egg and cheese ham cups are the perfect option for a bite-sized breakfast that is still hot and full of nutrients. Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Next, spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray. Then, place individual ham slices over each muffin cup and press down so a cup shape forms. Add 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese to each cup, on top of the ham slice. In a medium bowl, whisk 10 eggs together. Add 1/2 cup sliced green onions, salt, and pepper to the eggs. Fill each ham and cheese cup with roughly 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture. Bake the egg and ham cups for 20 to 25 minutes. When done, remove each cup with a fork and serve immediately! Enjoy!
7. Pork Sausage Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast burritos are a classic when it comes to breakfast foods. Loaded with cheese, sausage, eggs, and peppers, this breakfast burrito is sure to not only warm you up but also fill you up! Start your morning off right with this hearty, flavorful, and hot breakfast burrito! To make, brown 1/2 pound of pork sausage in a large skillet. When done cooking, drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Next, saute 1/2 of a small chopped onion, 1/4 of a chopped green pepper, and 2 ounces chopped mushrooms in the drippings until tender. In a separate skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add 3 large whisked eggs to the skillet. Cook and stir until set. Divide the sausage mixture among 4 warmed tortillas, top with eggs and shredded cheddar cheese. Fold bottom of tortilla over fillings and roll into a burrito. Serve with salsa or pico de gallo and enjoy!
8. Sausage, Kale, And Tomato Scramble
Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than this! Italian sausage, kale, spinach, and cherry tomatoes come together in one skillet for a wholesome and delicious cold-morning meal! In a bowl, whisk together 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside. Next, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and then brown 3 ounces of 1/4 inch sliced pre-cooked pork or chicken sausage in the oil. Add in 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes and continue to cook one minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and add egg mixtures. Scramble the eggs with the sausages with a rubber spatula. When the eggs are halfway done, add 1/2 cup spinach leaves, 1/4 cup baby kale leaves, and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese. Continue scrambling until eggs are cooked and no longer runny. Plate and garnish with fresh chopped basil leaves!
9. Peanut-Butter And Jelly French Toast
What happens when you can’t decide between a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or french toast for breakfast? You have both! This PB and J stuffed french toast is served hot and melty and makes for a great breakfast on a chilly morning. To make, whisk together 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Next, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan. Then, using 4 slices of bread, make 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture and place in the pan. Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Slide french toast onto a plate, cut at an angle, top with sliced bananas, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. You’re welcome!
10. Vegetarian Spinach, Mushroom, And Cheese Quiche
Cold mornings call for a hot breakfast! Not only is quiche a delicious hot breakfast option, it’s a great way to warm up your kitchen because it requires using your oven! This vegetarian quiche is also the perfect way to get all of the protein, veggies, and dairy your body needs in the morning. To make, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat. Saute 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 1 small chopped onion in the butter until lightly browned. Next, stir in 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms, 1 1/2 cups chopped spinach, 1 6-ounce package crumbled feta cheese, and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into a pre-made 9-inch unbaked deep dish pie crust. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with 1 cup of milk. Pour into the pie crust and let combine with spinach mixture. Bake for 15 minutes then remove and sprinkle with more cheddar cheese. Return to oven and let continue to bake for another 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, slice, and enjoy! Serve with a side of breakfast potatoes or whole-grain toast!