4 Protein-Rich Bacon-Free Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes for Meatless Monday

tofu scramble

Ah… the most important meal of the day. It may be clich√©, but it’s true: breakfast is essential to getting your day off to the right start. A balanced breakfast includes healthy carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, which can take some creativity, particularly on Meatless Monday. Luckily for you, we’ve got 4 protein-rich vegetarian breakfast recipes you’ll love.

If you haven’t mastered the tofu scramble yet, the time is now. Non-GMO tofu is a great protein source, and this protein-packed breakfast is a yummy way to bulk up your morning meal occasionally, like when you’re not sure what time you’ll be able to stop your busy day for lunch. We like this version because tofu is jazzed up with a whole lot of southwestern flavors, including a heaping helping of veggies: onion, red pepper and kale add bulk, while a homemade spice blend turns into a sauce with a lot of zingy flavor.

how to make a smoothie

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Smoothies are a great idea when you’re on the go, but have you ever noticed that you often end up feeling kind of snacky a few hours later? If your smoothie is packed with protein, you likely won’t feel as hungry, but there’s definitely a psychological link between chewing and feeling full. Enter the smoothie bowl: similar to a smoothie but with a far thicker texture, a smoothie bowl is generally topped off with something textural or crunchy, adding the chew back to your morning meal.

millet porridge

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Breakfast cereals are another great way to add protein to your morning meal, providing the cereal you choose actually has enough protein and fiber in it! Millet is easy to digest and packed full of minerals and protein. This millet porridge recipe combines it with dried fruit for a bit of sweetness, though you’re welcome to add a touch of honey if you need it a bit sweeter. Feel free to sub in your favorite vegan milk instead of regular milk.

breakfast pizza

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Pizza for breakfast doesn’t have to remain an embarrassing vestige of your college days thanks to this breakfast pizza recipe. A whole-wheat tortilla forms the base of this dish, topped with tomato paste, diced veggies and a protein-packed egg. It’s easy to make and delicious — what more could you want to wake up to on Meatless Monday?

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