15 Recipes to Up Your Vegetable Intake—for Breakfast

Skip the low-fiber green juice and wake up to one of these green-but-hearty feasts

As parents, teachers, and other busybody types always say, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." These, of course, are the same types who are always telling you to "eat your greens." So why not kill two birds with one stone by upping your vegetable intake in the AM?

No, we're not telling you to chug some low-fiber, bland green juice as you head off to work. We're talking about the bona fide best breakfast recipes that just so happen to be chock full of heart-healthy, plant-based ingredients that will not only fuel your brain but warm your belly. Love a classic bacon, egg, and cheese? How about biscuits with pancetta and collard greens for a more complex, grab-and-go dish? Breakfast eggs also make the perfect canvas for a colorful, vegetarian-friendly spread: think Persian herb frittatas or Greek fried eggs with wild greens.

So go ahead and indulge. Change your mornings for ever with our collection of best vegetable breakfast recipes, from omelettes to sandwiches and even a breakfast salad.

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Shakshuka)

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Shakshuka)
Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Shakshuka)Matt Taylor-Gross

This classic Israeli dish can be served as a main course for any meal of the day, but it's really made for breakfast. Get the recipe for Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce (Shakshuka) »

Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü)

eggplant and walnut frittata (badimjan kükü)
Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü)Jason Lang

This hearty Azeri egg dish—which can be served in small pieces as an appetizer or side, or cut into larger wedges as a main—is loaded with ground walnuts, onions, and eggplant, giving it a nutty, meaty consistency and color. Get the recipe for Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü) »

Tortilla with Ham and Cheese

Tortilla with Ham and Cheese
Tortilla with Ham and CheeseBeth Galton

In Basque country, this egg-based tortilla is sometimes sliced through the middle like a sandwich roll and layered with cured ham and sheep's milk cheese. If cutting horizontally through the thin, delicate tortilla seems too troublesome, the ham and cheese are just as delicious served on the side. Get the recipe for Tortilla with Ham and Cheese »

Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette

Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette
Grated Potato and Cheese OmeletteTim Mazurek

This simple potato and cheese omelette, from The Good Cook: Eggs & Cheese, was shared with us by Tim Mazurek to accompany his Back of the Bookshelf column. It's perfect for brunch, and also—accompanied with a glass of wine and a green salad—makes a satisfying, affordable dinner. Get the recipe for Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette »

Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aïoli

Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aïoli
Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso AïoliJoseph De Leo

Alvin Cailan of Los Angeles' cultish Eggslut goes pancetta-crazy in this sandwich, using eight slices on top of his gorgeously marbleized egg and cooking the collard greens in pancetta fat. Get the recipe for Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aïoli »

Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash

Spinach, Beef, Egg Hash
Spinach, Beef, and Egg HashMatt Taylor-Gross

This easy one-pan dish is just the thing for a fulfilling breakfast that comes together in the blink of an eye. Get the recipe for Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash »

Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi)

Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi)
Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi)Farideh Sadeghin

This variant of the classic Iranian frittata-like egg dish has become a popular street food in London. Feel free to add walnuts, barberries, or raisins to make it your own. Get the recipe for Persian Herbed Frittatas with Fenugreek (Kookoo Sabzi) »

Wild Greens with Fried Eggs (Horta me Avga Tiganita)

Wild Greens with Fried Eggs (Horta me Avga Tiganita)
Wild Greens with Fried Eggs (Horta me Avga Tiganita)James Oseland

This dish from Epirus, Greece, marries the silky richness of an egg with the pleasing, mild bitterness of wild greens. Get the recipe for Wild Greens with Fried Eggs (Horta me Avga Tiganita) »

Watercress Ricotta Torte

Watercress Ricotta Torte | Frederic Morin
Watercress Ricotta TortePaul Sirisalee | Food Styling: Eugene Jho

Packed with grassy, spicy watercress and plenty of cheese, this frittata-like tart works wonders at brunch. Get the recipe for Watercress Ricotta Torte »

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette
Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint OmeletteYossy Arefi

Rich, nutty brown butter perfectly offsets the fresh flavor of sweet peas and mint. Get the recipe for Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette »

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata
Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper FrittataAndré Baranowski

Have some of this basil-laced potato and vegetable frittata for breakfast, then save the rest for lunch. Get the recipe for Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata »

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread
Zucchini BreadMatt Taylor-Gross

Zucchini bread is the perfect way to use up an abundance of the summer vegetable. This version is with raisins and toasted walnuts, which gives it extra flavor. Get the recipe for Zucchini Bread »

Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad
Breakfast SaladFarideh Sadeghin

Bacon and eggs get the salad treatment complete with a zingy espresso vinaigrette and toasty croutons for crunch. Get the recipe for Breakfast Salad »

Kay 'n Dave's Huevos Rancheros

Kay 'n Dave's Huevos Rancheros
Kay 'n Dave's Huevos RancherosHelen Rosner

The recipe for this take on the classic Mexican egg, bean, and tortilla dish—a favorite weekend breakfast of Mel Brooks—comes from chef Alejo Grijalva of Brentwood, California's Kay 'n Dave's restaurant. Get the recipe for Kay 'n Dave's Huevos Rancheros »

Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs

Curried Lentil with Poached Eggs
Curried Lentil with Poached EggsMaxime Iattoni

Inspired by the rustic brunch offering at April Bloomfield's Breslin restaurant in New York, this atypical dish would also make for a nice, simple dinner. Get the recipe for Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs »