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11 Family-Friendly Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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Maybe it's meatless Monday. Maybe you have a few vegetarians in your family. Maybe it's grocery day tomorrow and you're all out of bacon and breakfast sausage. But if there's one thing you probably have in your fridge, it's eggs. And that's good news, because eggs are the building blocks of an inexpensive, meat-free, protein-rich breakfast that can feed anywhere from one person to an entire family. Here are a few ways to zhuzh them up while keeping your family's morning meal 100% vegetarian.

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1. Wonton Egg Cups

Who says a vegetarian meal has to be a bland plate of greens? These wonton egg cups are flavor bombs with a crispy exterior and an eggy, cheesy interior containing tender diced bell peppers and chopped spinach. They're appealing to kids, but also adult-friendly and ready to join you on your morning commute.

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2. California-Style Breakfast Burritos

In the case of these mouthwatering breakfast burritos, "California-style" means vegetarian with a southwestern flair. The warm tortillas are filled with cheesy scrambled eggs, black beans, fresh salsa, chunks of avocado, and a squeeze of lime for the perfect vegetarian bite that family members young and old will love.

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3. Chile Verde Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is usually served with a slice of Canadian bacon or another salty, savory pork product, but this chile verde twist is completely vegetarian and takes the classic dish to a whole new level with crispy corn tortillas and green chile hollandaise sauce. Top with pico de gallo and you've got a breakfast dish with so much flavor that no one will even miss the meat!

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4. Sheet Pan Egg in a Hole

Pressed for time in the morning? Make this crowd favorite for your entire family in under 20 minutes and with virtually no hands-on cooking time. Keep things vegetarian by serving these eggs in a hole sans toppings, or add slices of cheddar cheese and let the family customize their breakfast with chopped tomatoes, basil, hot sauce, or the whole nine yards.

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5. Instant Pot Frittata Breakfast Casserole

Ever wonder why breakfast has a reputation for being the most important meal of the day? It's simple, really: your brain needs protein and nutrients to stay sharp all day. Eggs just happen to offer exactly that! Whip them into a vegetarian frittata casserole that you can make right in your Instant Pot and to fuel your day at work and your kids' day at school.

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6. Veggie and Quinoa Egg Bites

If you have kids, you know that they can be unpredictable when it comes to breakfast. Some days, they have a big appetite, and other times, they won't touch their plate (especially if there's lots of that "green stuff" on it). These egg bites are a great solution: they're full of healthy grains and can be customized with your little one's favorite veggies (or whichever ones they tolerate), and they're perfect for your on-the-go mornings!

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7. Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Frittata

A handful of simple, common ingredients can go a long way, and this frittata is proof of that! With just a carton of Nellie's Free Range Eggs, fresh spinach, goat cheese, and bell peppers, you're on your way to a quick, healthy, totally vegetarian breakfast that can feed up to 8 people.

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8. Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Champion those hectic Monday through Friday mornings with these filling, protein-packed breakfast burritos that can be stuffed with any veggies your heart desires. Between the school drop offs, phone calls, and meetings at the office, this vegetarian breakfast option will keep you moving and give you peace of mind, knowing that the kids have started their school day on the right foot.

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9. Mexican Breakfast Salad

The more color on your vegetarian breakfast plate, the better! You'll feel bright eyed and bushy tailed after enjoying a sunny-side up egg served over sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, fresh chives, cilantro, and a bed of kale with pico de gallo and your favorite dressing. Salad for breakfast might be a stretch for the kids, this one's so good that they could end up loving it!

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10. Veggie Breakfast Burritos

Got picky eaters? They'll gobble down these cheesy breakfast burritos so fast that they probably won't notice how many healthy veggies they just ate. Make a few with jalapeños for the adults and older kids that like spice, and boom: the whole family is served. Bell peppers, onions, and fresh salsa never tasted so good!

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11. Huevos a la Mexicana

These traditional Mexican scrambled eggs are great for the adults and big kids that like a little heat! The festive dish is filled with onions, jalapeño, and fresh tomatoes, giving the fluffy scrambled eggs a spicy flair and pleasing all the chile-loving palates at the table.

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