You’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And when it comes to breakfast, eggs are king. There are so many ways to prepare them—fried, over easy, poached, hard-boiled, and perhaps the easiest variation, scrambled. To keep you from getting bored of your usual recipe, we’ve pulled together spicy, salty, and savory combinations so your breakfast goals can keep going well into the new year, with eggs as the main event. Your stomach (and wallet) will thank you.
Turn your scrambled eggs into a fresh caprese sandwich for a colorful morning meal. Top a toasted slice of crusty bread with avocado, eggs, and a handful of cherry tomatoes, plus some shredded mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s hearty enough to keep you full all morning and way better for you than most greasy breakfast sandwiches.
We’re not exaggerating when we say this recipe has all the best things: pesto, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, kale, and pumpkin seeds. Yes. Please. Make the crunchy kale salad on the side, or sauté the veggies and cook them with the eggs. The tangy, creamy cheese and fresh, fragrant pesto are an A+ combo.
Breakfast quesadillas are an underrated morning meal. Make them day of, or cook up a few and freeze to eat throughout the week. This one is filled with bell peppers, onions, and spinach, plus feta and gooey mozzarella. Try a whole-wheat or veggie-based tortilla for extra fiber.
Put a healthy spin on the classic bagel with lox by adding smoked salmon to scrambled eggs instead. A little onion, freshly chopped chives, and a pinch of salt and pepper make it taste even more like the real thing.
While a little more extravagant than your typical weekday breakfast, these maple-bacon balsamic-glazed breakfast tacos are well worth your time, and are actually simpler to make than they sound. Cook green onions with scrambled eggs and put them inside warm corn tortillas. Top with bacon bits brushed with maple syrup (mmm), a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar and honey glaze, and fresh greens. You’ll feel like a top chef in no time.
Eat your eggs burrito style with this Tex-Mex breakfast wrap. It’s got all your favorite fillings: black beans, cheese, avocado, and salsa. Chili powder gives the eggs a kick, but we’re not opposed to adding some hot sauce too.
You can’t go wrong with chorizo. The spicy sausage turns scrambled eggs into an entirely new meal, while pico de gallo, avocado, and feta balance out the heat. Spoon the chorizo-egg mixture into small, whole-wheat tortillas, or mix all the toppings up and eat the scramble solo.
Make a scrambled egg dish you can eat all week with this filling breakfast casserole. Fill the bottom of a casserole dish with diced potatoes, sausage (we like the chicken- or turkey-sausage versions), and bell peppers, then top with cheese and scrambled eggs. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes for an easy, warm meal.
Sometimes you just want something simple. This recipe only has one whole-food ingredient—egg whites—but doesn’t skimp on flavor thanks to the herbs and garlic. Separate whites and add to a pan with two tablespoons of garlic, dried parsley, rosemary, and oregano. Serve with warm whole-wheat toast and a sprinkle of salt.
Need a break from the real thing? Try this tofu version that’s got plenty of protein and will make your vegan friends very happy. Cook drained, firm tofu in a pan the same way you would eggs, and add sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and turmeric. Once mixed up like scrambled eggs, add in few tablespoons of vegetable broth. As soon as the broth is absorbed, the tofu scramble is ready to serve.
Dress up your scrambled eggs with these spicy Tex-Mex-inspired ingredients: black beans, green chiles, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and green onions. You’ll get a healthy serving of veggies first thing in the morning and plenty of protein from the beans and eggs. If you don’t have taco sauce, leftover enchilada sauce, pasta sauce, or hot sauce works too.
Smoked gouda in the morning feels indulgent, but go ahead and treat yourself, because hey, there’s kale in here too! This easy recipe has just five ingredients but is packed with flavor. And did we mention warm pita bread is involved? Say hello to your new favorite breakfast.
An unexpected way to use scrambled eggs? Loading them onto your favorite game-day appetizer: nachos. It’s an easy way to up your protein intake while still enjoying the crunchy taste of corn chips (taro or sweet potato chips are good too). Top with fresh red veggies and a squeeze of lime juice. Healthyish nachos are now a thing.