Breakfast Ideas For Vegetarians

Vegetarians have plenty of options for breakfast entrees.

CEREAL WITH FRUIT

There is something to be said about simplicity. If you have a busy morning, you need a quick breakfast that you can get together in a minute or less. Cereal is the perfect breakfast food, and to add some fresh flavor to the cereal of your choice, you should cut up some fresh fruit to add to your cereal bowl, such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, or bananas. If you want to make this process even faster, you can chop up your fruits the night before. In order to prevent browning, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to your bowl of fruit for every half of a cup that you chop. Avoid cereals that are high in sugar. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is the last time that you want to load up on sugar and sweets. You should look for a cereal that is high in fiber, such as bran flakes or raisin bran. Hot cereals are also an option, particularly on cold winter mornings. One of the healthiest varieties to try is All Bran, and oatmeal is also a great, nutritious choice. If you do not consume dairy products, you should use non-dairy milk, such as soymilk.

BREAKFAST BURRITO

If you want a filling, sumptuous vegetarian breakfast, look no further than this recipe for a meatless breakfast burrito. Here are the ingredients: one soft tortilla, 1 tsp. vegetable oil, ½ clove of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of diced onion, 1/8 pound firm crumbled tofu, 2 tablespoons diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons diced green pepper, 2 tablespoons diced spinach leaves, 2 tablespoons diced mushrooms, 1/8 cup chopped veggie sausage, taco sauce. In a small bowl, combine your garlic, onion, tofu, tomatoes, green pepper, spinach, mushrooms, and sausage. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Next, heat your tortilla in the microwave for fifteen to twenty seconds on the high power setting. Remove from microwave and drizzle with vegetable oil. Finally, pile your ingredients onto the tortilla, add your taco sauce, roll it up, and serve! You can also alter this recipe to incorporate any of your favorite veggies or you can use faux bacon or faux ham rather than the faux sausage.

NOT-SO-EGGS BENEDICT

If you want to have an "egg-like" breakfast dish, try this vegetarian version of the meat-eaters "Eggs Benedict." You will need the following: ¼ lb. firm tofu, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 dash of salt, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon non-dairy margarine, 2 ounces non-dairy sour cream, 1 dash of paprika, 1 dash of nutmeg, 1 dash red pepper or cayenne pepper, ½ tsp. lemon juice, 1 vegan English muffin, 2 slices faux Canadian bacon, 2 slices tomato. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine vinegar, salt, olive oil, and tofu (cut up into pieces). Pour the contents of the bowl into an 8"x8" square baking pan, and bake for twenty minutes, turning your tofu pieces frequently. While your tofu is cooking, you will make your hollandaise sauce and prepare your faux bacon. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine your non-dairy margarine, non-dairy sour cream, paprika, nutmeg, pepper, and lemon juice. Heat the mixture until it is just slightly bubbling; do not let a rapid boil ensue. Toast your English muffin, top with your baked tofu, faux bacon, and tomato slices, and then pour the hollandaise sauce on top and serve.



HASH BROWNS

Hash browns are a delicious breakfast side dish, and if you add a faux meat, like faux bacon or sausage to you hash browns, you can actually turn them into your breakfast entrée. To make hash browns, you will need ½ cup chopped onions, 1 minced garlic, clove, 2 large potatoes (grated), and salt and pepper (to taste, if desired). Simply combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until they are tender.

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