Wake Up to 7 Delicious Breakfast Recipes

By Ann Thelen

Creativity often wins the day when it comes to breakfast. Wake up to a buffet of new recipes for the most important meal of the day.

Rise and shine, a buffet of new breakfast recipes is here to greet your day! Long considered the most important meal of the day, eating breakfast provides a full menu of health benefits.

With the kids back in school and an abundance of weekend activities – from football and soccer games to errands and soaking up fall’s perfect weather – a well-balanced breakfast gives our bodies energy and nutrients to be at our best. A complete breakfast should contain a balance of all the major food groups, including recommended amounts of protein, dairy, fat and carbohydrates. Balancing these foods helps you to feel full longer and have the stamina to tackle the day's schedule.

Creativity often wins the day when it comes to breakfast. We’ve pulled together a menu of options that will have family members waking up to a sensory explosion of flavor-packed foods. No one will want to hit snooze on the alarm with these foods greeting the day.

Iowa-raised proteins are the center of the plate in every recipe. No matter your age, your body needs protein to stay healthy and work the way it should. Most everyone should get 10-35% of their calories each day in the form of protein. Knowing that Iowa’s farmers likely had a hand in creating these fresh foods gets the busiest of days off to a perfect start!

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Veggies, Black Bean & Egg Quesadilla | Iowa Egg Council

Quesadillas are a family favorite. This version adds nutritious eggs, plus tasty beans and veggies for a nutrient-packed meal everyone can feel good about all day long. Ready in just 20 minutes, this recipe wraps grains, vegetables, dairy and protein into a breakfast that satisfies every appetite. Add a side of fruit, and you've checked every box of a perfectly balanced meal. Top with Greek yogurt for another punch of healthy protein. Find the recipe here.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Cinnamon and Maple Butter | Midwest Dairy

Give your pancakes a lift by adding creamy, dreamy cottage or ricotta cheese. This recipe will have you drooling and feeling like you’re on cloud nine, and who couldn’t use a little of that? Start your morning with this cottage cheese pancakes recipe that packs 17 grams of protein in every serving. A bonus? The cinnamon and maple butter can be made ahead of time – just cover and refrigerate. For easy spreading, remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Try any leftover butter on roasted carrots, in a baked sweet potato, spread on a grilled pork chop or your morning toast. Find the recipe here.

Breakfast Sausage Pizza | Iowa Pork Producers Association

Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and Marble Jack cheese combine for a slice of deliciousness. Protein-rich breakfast pizza is lower in sugar than many other popular breakfast items. This ensures you’ll feel full longer and not be as likely to have a mid-morning “sugar crash.” Perfect to take on the go for a busy morning or to enjoy on a relaxing Saturday morning; it's a meal that kids and adults will both enjoy. Use your favorite type of pizza crust – either pre-made or homemade – for the canvas and you’re on the way to a tasty first meal of the day! Pictured above. Find the recipe here.

Corned Beef Hash | Iowa Beef Council and Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.

This recipe is tied with the Reuben for the ultimate expression of corned beef. Here it's diced and skillet-cooked to perfection with cubed potatoes, thinly sliced leek and topped with an egg. You don't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to enjoy this recipe; it's a fan favorite every day of the year! When cooking, use the pan size specified in the recipe. If the pan is too small, the beef will be crowded, and browning will be inhibited. If the pan is too large, overcooking may result. Cooking the ingredients to the point of slightly crispy adds additional flavor (and looks beautiful!). Find the recipe here.


Textured Soy Protein Biscuits and Gravy | The Soyfoods Council

Created by Chef George Formaro of Des Moines, a fragrant mix of herbs and seasonings take a basic biscuits and gravy recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. Fennel, thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic and onion add a pleasant kick to this hearty dish. Textured Soy Protein (TSP) is the key ingredient in the gravy. With its versatility and nutrition, TSP packs about 12 grams of protein in a quarter-cup serving. Find the recipe here.

Sage Omelet | Iowa Turkey Federation

Popular in both Italian and British cooking, sage is a surprise element in this omelet recipe. Sage is an herb frequently used in holiday recipes. Because it pairs so well with turkey, it's an herb that shouldn't be only reserved for stuffing and dressing at Thanksgiving. Savory, with soft pine and subtle citrus notes, sage elevates this egg dish to gourmet level. With its fruity yet earthy and nutty tones, Gruyere cheese complements both the shredded turkey and spices for breakfast that tastes like you spent all day cooking, yet it’s ready in minutes. Be sure to save this recipe to use with leftover turkey this holiday season! Find the recipe here.

Crunchy Cereal French Toast I Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Whether it's a busy weekday morning or a lazy Sunday brunch, this French toast recipe is a scrumptious blend of two breakfast mainstays – bread and cereal with the perfect crunch. An egg bread, such as challah or brioche, is a great choice for this French toast. Each bread has a tenderness and mild sweetness making them ideal for the recipe. Brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest will make your kitchen smell as impressive as this dish tastes! Find the recipe here.