When an entire holiday (like Thanksgiving) revolves around the many dishes of one dinner, it can be difficult to remember this simple fact: You still need to eat breakfast, lunch, and maybe a snack or two before the feast. Of course, these necessities can be overlooked when there's a turkey to stuff, potatoes to mash, and pies to bake.
To keep the hunger at bay before Thanksgiving dinner this year, we combed through our favorite food blogs in pursuit of easy and light breakfast recipes to make Thanksgiving morning that will fill you up until the main event. Among the 10 breakfast recipes we selected, there's the sautéed breakfast salad with fresh dill, a pumpkin spice oatmeal smoothie with maple syrup, and salsa verde baked eggs with radishes, to name a few, so take your pick.
Pumpkin Oatmeal With Egg Whites
The Recipe: Pumpkin Oatmeal With Egg Whites
Why We Love It: Even though we'll spend an entire day eagerly anticipating a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert, we definitely wouldn't mind more. Consider starting the day with this recipe from Eating Bird Food, which combines the flavors of pumpkin purée, old-fashioned rolled oats, sliced banana, and almond milk with egg whites and vanilla.
Pro Tip: "I 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," recipe creator Brittany Mullins suggests.
Sautéed Breakfast Salad
The Recipe: Sautéed Breakfast Salad
Why We Love It: Another light favorite from Eating Bird Food, this recipe incorporates microgreens, fresh dill, baby greens, roasted cauliflower, avocado, and fried eggs to create an energy-boosting bowl. A salad for breakfast might not sound like the most appetizing option, but trust us; this dish will change your mind.
Pro Tip: Don't skip the dill! "It brings a level of freshness, allows all of the flavors to shine, and leaves a little kick in your mouth (in a good way!)" Mullins says.
Metabolism-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
The Recipe: Metabolism-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Why We Love It: 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.
Pro Tip: “Top with berries, bananas, chia seeds, and hemp hearts,” Rodriguez advises.
If you want a thicker, creamier consistency to your smoothie bowl (as well as a filling protein boost), consider adding a tablespoon or two of your favorite nut butter.
Salsa Verde Baked Eggs
The Recipe: Salsa Verde Baked Eggs
Why We Love It: If guests are lingering around your dining table before dinner, then make the small but impactful gesture of cooking up this recipe—featuring a different flavor profile than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner—from The Modern Proper. Mix things up before Thanksgiving dinner by cooking 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 while eating turkey.
Pro Tip: "When the whites are cooked, but the yolks are still runny, this is the perfect time to pull the eggs out," Holly Erickson, of The Modern Proper, says.
Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Toasted Coconut
The Recipe: Almond Butter Toast With Bananas and Coconut
Why We Love It: It’s tough to resist almond butter toast, and when you get a load of this recipe from The Modern Proper, we can imagine that you’ll gladly enjoy a serving or two. Slather two thick slices of toasted bread with almond butter, and top the pieces with sliced banana. “Drizzle each slice with one tablespoon of honey, and then sprinkle with toasted coconut and flaky salt,” the recipe indicates. That’s it—and the simplicity is so worth it.
Pro Tip: Get the kids involved, recommends The Modern Proper. This way, they'll be more likely to eat what's on the table. "To turn toast into an interactive mealtime activity, simply set everything unassembled on the table and let the kids decide which toppings they want and the order in which they’ll go on their toast."
Apple Millet Porridge
The Recipe: Apple Millet Porridge
Why We Love It: If the holidays bring cold weather this year, this recipe from Sugar Salted should be precisely what you need to curl up inside. Rinsed and drained cooked millet is combined with milk and fine sea salt, and then topped with chopped almonds, apple, honey, and cinnamon.
Pro Tip: Feel free to cook millet with milk for creamier consistency, or water otherwise.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Smoothie
The Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Smoothie
Why We Love It: Keep the holiday spirit with this appropriately festive smoothie recipe from Salt & Wind, which combines pure pumpkin purée and maple syrup with cinnamon, old-fashioned oats, and a frozen banana. “If you’re making pumpkin pie or any other fall dessert, then chances are, you already have these ingredients lying around,” Aida Mollenkamp, founder of Salt & Wind, says.
Pro Tip: Add a tablespoon of almond butter as an option.
Coconut Carrot Muffins With Seeded Streusel
The Recipe: Coconut Carrot Muffins With Seeded Streusel
Why We Love It: A simple baked good can be especially comforting on a busy holiday morning, and this recipe from Salt & Wind will help you unwind. “Bake until a toothpick just comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes,” Mollenkamp advises. This way, the outside will have the perfect amount of crunch while the inside is fluffy and soft.
Pro Tip: Store muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Persimmon Pepita Streusel Overnight Oats
The Recipe: Persimmon Pepita Streusel Overnight Oats
Why We Love It: If you can handle making one more thing before Thanksgiving, try these overnight oats from Salt & 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. “To serve, top with the streusel, some sliced persimmons, and a drizzle of maple syrup,” Mollenkamp says.
Pro Tip: Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.
Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie
The Recipe: Post-Thanksgiving Green Detox Smoothie
Why We Love It: For balance, we love the idea of a nutrient-dense breakfast before eating turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing. Make it this green smoothie recipe from Hello Glow, which blends banana, green apple, spinach, cucumber, and almond milk into a smoothie to help you feel refreshed.
Pro Tip: Added bonus: “As your body flushes out the toxins lurking in your system, your skin will glow, and the under-eye circles disappear,” Ana Stanciu, Hello Glow contributor and certified nutritionist, says.