When an entire holiday revolves around the many dishes of one dinner, then it can be hard to remember this simple fact: You still need to eat breakfast before the Thanksgiving feast. Of course, no one thinks of this a.m. necessity when there's a turkey to stuff and potatoes to mash and ham to slice-and later dinner to enjoy. So what usually ends up happening to this meal isn't all that exciting. It's either a sorry sight or a complete afterthought.
But don't let that happen this year. Since you'll likely be hungry when you get out of bed, it's best to eat a comforting and filling breakfast before the day really gets started. We found 10 light Thanksgiving breakfast ideas that are not only delicious, but can mostly be served with little time and effort.
There's the sautГ©ed breakfast salad with fresh dill, a pumpkin spice oatmeal smoothie with maple syrup, and salsa verde baked eggs with radishes, for starters, and that doesn't mention the detox smoothie and protein oatmeal for those who want to get ahead of an indulgent day. Either way, don't let the opportunity for a delicious Thanksgiving breakfast go to waste. At least you'll taste other flavors before you dive into the big holiday meal.
Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal With Egg Whites
Even though you'll spend an entire day eagerly anticipating a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert, you probably wouldn't mind more. That's why you should consider starting the day with this recipe from Eating Bird Food, which combines the flavors of pumpkin purГ©e, old-fashioned rolled oats, sliced banana, and almond milk with egg whites and vanilla. вЂњI know adding egg whites to your oatmeal sounds a little odd if you've never done it before, but it's actually pretty awesome. You end up with a nice and fluffy bowl of oatmeal,вЂќ Brittany Mullins says.
Egg and Greens Bowl, aka SautГ©ed Breakfast Salad
But if you've had your fill of pumpkin for now, then you could also try this easy recipe from Eating Bird Food, too. Mullins uses microgreens, fresh dill, baby greens, roasted cauliflower, avocado, and fried eggs to create this energy-boosting bowl, which is served with a pinch of salt and pepper. вЂњI know some people think a salad for breakfast is weird, but in case you haven't noticed I'm attempting to change your mind,вЂќ she says.Jenni Kayne Jenni Kayne Sierra Salad Plate $45Shop Courtesy of The Butter Half
Metabolism-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie for breakfast is pretty standard fare, but not if you're making it according to this recipe from The Butter Half. Abbey Rodriguez mixes frozen banana and strawberries with coconut water and chia seeds into the consistency of ice cream so that you'll need to eat it with a spoon. вЂњTop with berries, bananas, chia seeds, and hemp hearts,вЂќ she says. вЂњFeel free to add other toppings like nut butters and granola.вЂќAnthropologie Anthropologie Caru Set Of 4 Condiment Spoons $22Shop Courtesy of The Modern Proper
Salsa Verde Baked Eggs
If guests are lingering around your dining table before Thanksgiving dinner, then make the small but impactful gesture of cooking up this recipe from The Modern Proper. It cooks eggs in salsa verde, cotija cheese, cilantro, and radishes so that everyone can scoop up those flavors with warm tortillas. It's so good, though, that guests may still be talking about it in front of the turkey. вЂњWhen the whites are cooked, but the yolks are still runny, this is the perfect time to pull the eggs out,вЂќ Holly Erickson says.
Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut
It's tough to resist almond butter toast, and when you get a load of this recipe from The Modern Proper, you'll gladly eat yourself full. Slather two thick slices of toasted bread with almond butter, and later top the pieces with banana. вЂњDrizzle each slice with one tablespoon of honey, and then sprinkle with toasted coconut and flaky salt,вЂќ the recipe says. That's it-and the simplicity is so worth it.
Apple Millet Porridge
If Thanksgiving is chilling, then this recipe fromВ Sugar Salted should be exactly what you need to curl up with inside. Rinsed and drained millet is combined with milk and fine sea salt, and then topped with chopped almonds, apple, honey, and cinnamon. вЂњI think this type of millet porridge is perfect for breakfast because it's very classic and easy to make, which is exactly what I like on a sleepy morning,вЂќ Alice says.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Smoothie
Keep in the holiday spirit with this appropriately festive smoothie recipe from Salt and Wind, which combines pure pumpkin purГ©e and maple syrup with almond butter, cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, and a frozen banana. вЂњIf you're making pumpkin pie or any other fall dessert, then chances are, you already have these ingredients lying around,вЂќ Aida Mollenkamp says. вЂњSlightly spiced and a little sweet, this is becoming my go-to fall smoothie.вЂќSmeg Smeg '50S Retro Style Blender $250Shop Courtesy of Salt and Wind
Coconut Carrot Muffins With Seeded Streusel
A simple baked good breakfast can be especially comforting on a busy holiday, and this recipe fromВ Salt and Wind will help you unwind with a cup of coffee. Coconut oil is mixed with coconut flakes, chopped carrots, maple syrup, vanilla, flour, and eggs, and then topped with a pepitas mixture. вЂњBake until a toothpick just comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes,вЂќ Mollenkamp says. вЂњSet aside to cool for at least five minutes before removing from the muffin wells.вЂќVietri Vietri Lastra Stoneware Muffin Tray $110Shop Courtesy of Salt and Wind
Persimmon Pepita Streusel Overnight Oats
If you can handle making one more thing before Thanksgiving, then make it this overnight oats recipe from Salt and Wind. Thanks to old-fashioned oats, vanilla almond milk, pepitas, sliced persimmons, and maple syrup, the reward you'll get in the morning will be worth the five minutes of prep. вЂњTo serve, top with the streusel, some sliced persimmons, and a drizzle of maple syrup,вЂќ Mollenkamp says.Anthropologie Petal Palette Monogram Mug $10Shop Courtesy of Hello Glow
Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie
Before eating turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing-and oh yeah, dessert-give your body a meal of fruits and veggies. Make it this recipe from Hello Glow, which blends banana, green apple, spinach, cucumber, and almond milk into a smoothie to help you feel refreshed. Added bonus? вЂњAs your body flushes out the toxins lurking in your system, your skin will glow and the under eye circles disappear,вЂќ Ana Stanciu says.Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender $350Shop