The thought of a warm and welcoming breakfast can be just the motivation you need to get out of bed on winter mornings, but it’s easy to fall into a rut when preparing the first meal of the day. If you’re tired of making cereal or toast a part of your breakfast routine, consider changing things up by adding a few new dishes to your recipe box. Today, we’re sharing three cozy and creative breakfast recipes to brighten your winter days. (P.S. We recommend pairing any of these dishes with our healthy coffee alternatives for an even better start to your morning!)
1. Overnight Oats
If you need a quick and healthy breakfast option for workday mornings, this overnight oats recipe will be your new best friend. By prepping these oats the night before, you can enjoy fresh oatmeal every day without adding any time to your morning routine. Overnight oats can be eaten cold, or reheated in the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy them. Best of all, you can change up your choice of toppings every day to avoid any breakfast boredom.
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (or vegan alternative)
2/3 cup milk (or unsweetened vegan alternative)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Honey or maple syrup (optional sweetener)
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, adding sweetener if desired. Transfer into a container with a tight lid and refrigerate overnight. Makes one large serving.
Peanut butter, sliced banana, and chocolate chips
Fresh berries, almond butter, and toasted coconut
Strawberries, cream cheese, and lemon zest
Shake up your breakfast routine with a savory and spicy Israeli dish: shakshuka. This unexpected combination of fresh tomato sauce and poached eggs is a healthy way to start your day, packed with protein and nutrient-rich veggies. Hearty and cozy, it’s our favorite way to kick off a weekend morning when the weather is cold.
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes
1 teaspoon paprika
2 slices pickled jalapeno, diced
Start by heating olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, pepper, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent.
Add tomatoes, jalapeno, and paprika. Stir to break up tomatoes and simmer for approximately 25 minutes.
Individually add the eggs by cracking each into a small bowl and gently pouring into the tomato mixture. Be sure to avoid breaking the yolks. Cook for 2-3 minutes; the eggs are ready when the whites are firm but the yolks have not solidified.
Serve with crumbled feta and pita.
3. Dutch Baby Pancake
When you need a show-stopping centerpiece for winter brunch, this popover-style pancake is an unbeatable pick. A Dutch Baby is a perfectly sweet way to use your favorite cast iron skillet; unlike most pancakes, this airy confection is baked in the oven to achieve its uniquely lofty shape. Best enjoyed hot and fresh, you can top it with butter and syrup, homemade jam, or the classic combination of lemon and sugar.
1/2 cup AP flour
3 large room temperature eggs
2/3 cup room temperature milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Whisk flour, eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt together until smooth.
Melt butter over high heat in a cast iron skillet (around 10”) until bubbling. Pour the batter into the center of the skillet.
Bake until puffy and golden, around 20-25 minutes.
Brush with additional melted butter, then drizzle with lemon juice and top with confectioner’s sugar to taste. Serve immediately.
What are your go-to dishes for winter mornings? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!
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