25 Quick and Healthy 4-Ingredient Breakfast Recipes

When you’re short on time and low on energy, the answer doesn’t have to be your local drive-through or corner mart. These quick and healthy breakfast recipes guarantee an all-star meal in just a few minutes flat. And before you say you’re out of X, Y and Z, get this: Each of these a.m. creations requires just four ingredients apiece. From nutritious green smoothies to fiber-packed frittatas, there’s something for every craving in the infographic below. Want something sweet? How about a breakfast banana split? More the savory type? Whip up a turkey bacon egg bake. When the alarm sounds, you’ll feel good about hitting the kitchen — and making home-cooked breakfasts your new healthy habit. So pull out that blender, plug in that toaster, or heat up the griddle. The choice is yours!

25 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes

25 Quick and Healthy 4-Ingredient Breakfasts

11 Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes

Move over turkey — on Thanksgiving, the side dishes always steal the show. From creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin to Potatoes au Gratin, these easy and elegant vegetable recipes will be the talk of the table.

1. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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This creamy gratin is perfect for the holidays because it can be made ahead of time. It’s easy too — unlike most vegetable gratins, which are made with a Béchamel sauce, this one is made more simply (and decadently) with heavy cream. GET THE RECIPE

2. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans

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Whenever I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I like to offer some vegetarian and gluten-free side dishes. This one is both, plus it can be made ahead. GET THE RECIPE

3. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan and Lemon-Mustard Dressing

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Made with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing, this kale and Brussels sprouts salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Even your meat and potato lovers will enjoy it! GET THE RECIPE

4. Potatoes au Gratin

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This classic dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream (a lot of it!) and grated cheese in a gratin dish, and then baking it until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. I’d say the dish is worthy of a special occasion — it is — but the truth is that eating it is a special occasion in and of itself.GET THE RECIPE

5. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

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Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this carrot slaw perfect for fall and a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving feast. Plus, it’s delicious with turkey sandwiches the next day. GET THE RECIPE

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans & Maple Syrup

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Golden roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, toasted pecans and maple syrup — this dish will become a firm family favorite. Honestly, it’s hard to resist eating the entire pan right out of the oven! GET THE RECIPE

7. Gingered Carrot Souffle

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This is one of those seductively sweet, orange-hued side dishes that often appear around the holidays. Technically, it’s not really a soufflé, but rather a baked purée of carrots, butter, brown sugar, and eggs that has a fluffy and delicate soufflé-like texture. It’s along the same lines as a Sweet Potato Casserole – that is to say, not quite dessert but almost sweet enough to be. GET THE RECIPE

8. Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Pine Nuts, Lemon & Parmesan

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Tender and caramelized roasted green beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, lemon-infused olive oil, crunchy pine nuts and nutty Parmesan — this dish is a crowd-pleaser and easy to do ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

9. Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans & Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

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This salad is perfect for entertaining — the glazed pecans and goat cheese dress it up, and the vinaigrette is one of those salty-sweet-tangy flavor combinations that everyone loves. GET THE RECIPE

10. Roasted Carrots with Thyme

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Always a favorite, these carrots are roasted in a high temperature oven until caramelized and tender-crisp — a cooking method that intensifies their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. GET THE RECIPE

11. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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This is a rustic version of mashed potatoes. To make it, you simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a dinner fork, and then mix them with butter and Parmesan. So easy…and everyone loves it. GET THE RECIPE

23 Recipes That Put Awesome Into Breakfast

23 awesome recipes that make getting up early worthwhile. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it special. 

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1. Who wants blueberry pie first thing in the morning anyway?

Who wants blueberry pie first thing in the morning anyway?

Recipe for blueberry oatmeal bars here.

2. Look how invasive that syrup is- it’s getting EVERYWHERE.

Look how invasive that syrup is- it's getting EVERYWHERE.

Dutch cream waffle recipe here.

3. This looks suspiciously like pizza, which would be the worst way to start your day.

This looks suspiciously like pizza, which would be the worst way to start your day.

Recipe for red pepper and egg galettes here.

4. Wait— you ARE pizza. First thing in the morning? I couldn’t POSSIBLY.

Recipe for breakfast pizza with avocado and asparagus here.

5. I’ll bet those bits of cheese are melty and gooey inside there, which I don’t know if I can handle before noon.

I'll bet those bits of cheese are melty and gooey inside there, which I don't know if I can handle before noon.

Recipe for spinach and feta frittata here.

6. This oatmeal is so easy you don’t even have to stir it, which is like, so boring.

This oatmeal is so easy you don't even have to stir it, which is like, so boring.

Recipe for baked pumpkin oatmeal here.

7. Starting your day with fried chicken would just make you think it’s your birthday and therefore spoil you rotten and we can NOT have that.

Starting your day with fried chicken would just make you think it's your birthday and therefore spoil you rotten and we can NOT have that.

Fried chicken and waffles recipe here.

8. Runny yolks, spicy tomato sauce, crusty bread- I’m sorry, I did not sign up for this.

Runny yolks, spicy tomato sauce, crusty bread- I'm sorry, I did not sign up for this.

Recipe for spicy shakshuka here.

9. Listen, I know this egg only takes 60 seconds to microwave, but I just don’t have the time.

Listen, I know this egg only takes 60 seconds to microwave, but I just don't have the time.

For how to scramble an egg in a microwave, head here.

10. That’s a lot of sugar first thing in the morning, which just feels kinda irresponsible.

That's a lot of sugar first thing in the morning, which just feels kinda irresponsible.

Blueberry Dutch Pancake recipe here.

11. Perfectly toasted bagels give me nightmares.

Perfectly toasted bagels give me nightmares.

Toasted bagel and avocado sandwich recipe here.

12. GROSS.

GROSS.

Recipe for bacon breakfast casserole here.

13. You’re saying “breakfast smoothie”, but I’m hearing “delicious creamy blended beverage” and that feels like false advertising.

You're saying "breakfast smoothie", but I'm hearing "delicious creamy blended beverage" and that feels like false advertising.

Recipe for green breakfast smoothie here.

14. As if I needed another way to eat tacos.

As if I needed another way to eat tacos.

Breakfast taco recipe here.

15. This is so tall, how does anyone expect it to fit inside a mouth?

This is so tall, how does anyone expect it to fit inside a mouth?

Recipe for huevos rancheros breakfast sandwich here.

16. If the phrase “berry pie filling” gets your juices flowing, then by all means.

If the phrase "berry pie filling" gets your juices flowing, then by all means.

Recipe for soaked oats with berries here.

17. Warm, toasted banana bread slathered with vanilla butter sounds like a trick to get me out of bed and I don’t appreciate it.

Warm, toasted banana bread slathered with vanilla butter sounds like a trick to get me out of bed and I don't appreciate it.

Banana bread recipe here.

18. I don’t care how many golden brown mushrooms you’re filled with– If I can’t spell it, I’m not sure I’m gonna make it.

I don't care how many golden brown mushrooms you're filled with– If I can't spell it, I'm not sure I'm gonna make it.

Mushroom and spinach omelette recipe here.

19. Well doesn’t this look like a “complete breakfast”. How “nutritious”.

Well doesn't this look like a "complete breakfast". How "nutritious".

Corn and kale breakfast hash recipe here.

20. This egg yolk looks dangerous and should be locked up in jail forever.

This egg yolk looks dangerous and should be locked up in jail forever.

Pretzel bun breakfast sandwich recipe here.

21. These seem small, and therefore unsafe to bring around children.

These seem small, and therefore unsafe to bring around children.

Recipe for bacon and egg muffin tins here.

22. “Do you want a healthy breakfast?” Seems like a cruel trick question.

"Do you want a healthy breakfast?" Seems like a cruel trick question.

Recipe for apple granola parfait here.

23. That pool of syrup looks like a health hazard. Don’t even get me started on that melty pat of butter.

That pool of syrup looks like a health hazard. Don't even get me started on that melty pat of butter.

Buckwheat-flax pancakes recipe here.

Bacon Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Bacon Stuffed Baked Tomatoes. This recipe is a bit lighter and puts the emphasis on the use of bacon and brie cheese instead of the usual meat stuffing. So if you’re looking for an easy meal idea for your weeknight evenings, this recipe is for you. Serve these tomatoes with a white or pilaf rice to complete your meal.

Roasted tomatoes cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 Ripe tomatoes at room temperature
  • 1 cups bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablspoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 12 Slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 3 oz brie cheese cut in slices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet on the stovetop, cook the sliced bacon until nice and crispy. Drain off fat and set aside.
  3. Hollow out the tomatoes and squeeze a little of the seeds out.
  4. Rub the tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper the outside of the fruit.
  5. In a bowl mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, chives, onion and cooked bacon.
  6. Stuff into the hollowed out tomatoes.
  7. Put into an oven proof dish.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes . Remove from oven and place the brie cheese on each tomato and bake for 5 minutes.

Crockpot Bacon Cheese Potatoes

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Ingredients
1/4 pound bacon, diced – I bake it first in the oven so that it is “done” and browned then I dice it and place in the crock pot.
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced (or if you use a new potato or Yukon gold then halve)
1/2 pound cheddar cheese, thinly sliced (shredded is fine)
salt and pepper
butter
Green Onions (optional)

Instructions
Line crockpot with foil, leaving enough to cover the potatoes when finished – this will help to not stick and to steam the potatoes – also to keep them from getting discolored or mushy.
Layer half each of the bacon, onions and potatoes in the crockpot.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and dot with (real) butter.
Repeat layers of bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese. Dot with butter.
Cover with remaining foil.
Cover and cook on low for up to 6 hours (check at 4 hours – depending on your crock pot).
Add cheese for the last 20 – 30 minutes and enjoy!

Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

Hands down my favorite recipe of all time. Seriously. You have got to try this one. It’s like brinner to the extreme!

Homemade griddle cakes loaded with crisp bacon and corn, spiced with a little cayenne to heat things up. If you dare put top these with warm maple syrup and taste a little bacon bliss. If you love bacon, you will love this recipe!

So just make these griddle cakes guys! You will love them.

serves 3-4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup corn
  • oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup bacon chopped

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, paprika and sugar. Crack in the eggs and beat them into the flour. Add the milk bit by bit and stir well to combine. You should end up with a very thick pancake batter. Stir through the corn kernels.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil, twirling the pan to coat the surface evenly. Fry the batter as you would pancakes, using 1 tablespoonful of batter per fritter. This will take about 1-2 minutes a side, until they are golden brown.

Serve with  Roast Tomato, Spinach And Bacon

 

Bacon and Garlic Green Beans

Bacon and Garlic Green Beans

Bacon and Garlic Green Beans

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Adding white wine, lemon juice and garlic gives a little kick to green beans. It was enough to turn our old, traditional holiday side into a year-round favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 9 cups frozen French-style green beans, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 176 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 408 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain. In the same skillet, saute onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in wine; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  2. Add the green beans, salt, garlic powder and pepper; heat through. Stir in lemon juice and bacon. Yield: 8 servings

 

BACON BREAD!!!

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BACON_BREAD

BACON BREAD!!! Yes that what I said! Pass the BACON BREAD  please!!! Now!

Ingredients
12 bacon strips, diced
1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 envelope (1 ounce) ranch salad dressing mix

Directions
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 5 minutes or until partially cooked; drain on paper towels. Roll out dough to 1/2-in. thickness; brush with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cut into 1-in. pieces; place in a large bowl. Add the bacon, cheese, dressing mix and remaining oil; toss to coat.
Arrange pieces in a 9-in. x 5-in. oval on a greased baking sheet, layering as needed. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled.
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cover with foil; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 each) equals 149 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 621 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.
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