Some experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I respectfully disagree.
I think all meals are equally important. In reality, however, most of us don’t spend an equal amount of time to prepare breakfast as to cook dinner. You don’t need me to remind you how little time you have in the morning before heading out to work.
Even though I work from home, early mornings are the best time for me to sit down and write. So I prefer not to spend too much time in the kitchen cooking breakfast. And if I don’t eat within the 30 minutes after I get up, my productivity goes straight to hell for the entire morning. Sometimes I make a smoothie, but other times I crave for savory stuff.
Therefore, I’ve got some seriously simple breakfast ideas that I rotate every morning. Not a lot, just a few. But they are good enough to hold me through the morning creative writing session until lunch time. I thought I’d still share my go-to breakfast recipes with you so that you can start making satisfying breakfasts in just 15 minutes. The best part is that they are all highly customizable. If you have picky eaters at home, trust me, you’ll find a way to please them all without putting in any extra effort.
The concept is to lay some greens on a plate, top with one or two fried eggs, plus some sort of breakfast meat. Most of the time, eggs are the only things that you need to cook. With a little pre-prep, you’ll be able to Let’s see how you can mix and match your breakfast.
First and foremost, you need ingredients. To be precise, you need three main ingredients.
When you go grocery shopping, remember to grab some breakfast meat, greens, and eggs. The amount depends on how many people you cook for.
Breakfast meat: ham, turkey ham, turkey breasts, sausage (I like Jimmy Dean), bacon, etc.
Greens: spring mix, baby spinach and kale mix, etc.
Eggs: lots of them.
Nice to Have Ingredients
Top your breakfast with one or two of below items. Your game just became stronger!
- Salsa – you can buy your favorite salsa from your grocery store, or you can make your own.
- Pico de gallo – you can buy it from your grocery store to save time, or you can make your own.
- Shredded cheese
- Cherry tomatoes
CUSTOMIZABLE 15-MINUTE BREAKFAST RECIPES
Now that you’ve got everything you need, time to assemble. Let’s start with the most basic recipe. I don’t even know what to call it. It’s just really basic. Let me know if you think of a name for this recipe.
Recipe #1 – The Basic Recipe
Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Swirl skillet till oil coats the bottom.
Once the oil is hot but not sizzling, gently crack 1 egg into the skillet. Cook until white is set and yolk is slightly runny, approximately 4-5 minutes. Start seasoning it with salt and pepper to taste. (I always add paprika and dried tarragon to mine.)
In the meanwhile, place a handful of greens on a serving plate, add a few slices of ham or turkey breasts and set aside.
Once the egg is done, turn off the heat and gently place the egg onto the prepared plate. The egg will warm up your cold meat. Serve!
This is done in like what…6-7 minutes! If your egg is well seasoned, you don’t need extra seasoning for the greens. Just break the egg yolk with a fork and let it run through the greens. YUM!
This recipe is for one serving. But guess what?
When you double, triple or quadruple the recipe, it still only takes you 6-7 minutes to serve!
OK, how can you customize it?
Adding avocados and drizzle with salsa is one option. It looks like this.
Omit the meat for vegetarians and add pico de gallo! Want some cheese? Go for it!
Recipe #2 – Omelette
You use the same ingredients from the basic recipe but cook it in an omelette form.
What you do is to chop up some ham or turkey breasts if using; beat two eggs in a bowl; add 1-2 tablespoons pico de gallo, diced meat and 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheese; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a flat-bottom nonstick skillet over medium heat. (I am referring to your cast iron skillet.)
When the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture into the skillet and let it cook until the egg is almost set.
Grab a handful of greens and put on top of the omelette, then fold it. It looks something like this.
Salsa goes really well with this one.
Recipe #3 – Breakfast Tacos
This is probably the most customizable recipe in this list. If you separate the filling items into different bowls, every person can build his/her own tacos with their preferred items. Gluten-free, vegetarian or meat eaters are all covered. Find the recipe here.
Recipe #4 – Baked Eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms
This could be baked eggs with ham, sausage, bacon bits and greens. Get what I am saying? Check out the recipe here.
Recipe #5 – Avocado Toast with Bacon and Maple Syrup
Bacon can be substituted for other breakfast meat or simply just halve some cherry tomatoes and throw on top. Then, you turn it into a vegetarian breakfast. Wait, it’s actually vegan! Here’s the recipe. Of course, you can put a fried egg on top, which brings me to the next recipe.
Recipe #6 – Italian Egg Sandwiches with Avocados
A good slice of toasted bread with a layer of warm pizza sauce, topped with a perfectly fried egg and avocado slices. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if you like. Simply amazing! Find the recipe here.
Recipe #7 – Drowned Eggs
You cook eggs in salsa. Technically, you only need two ingredients if you have salsa prepared ahead.
Recipe #8 – Randomness
I call it randomness is because it’s rather an idea than a specific recipe. In my book,
Everything is better with a fried egg on top.
That said, if you have any type of leftovers that are not too oily or too fat, just put an egg on top and here you have a breakfast. For example, I had some leftover Pineapple Tuna Quinoa the other day, so here’s my breakfast the next day.
Recipe #9 – Sausage Breakfast Combo
This is by far my favorite breakfast recipe. That’s why I am saving it for the last. You just make a simple twist from the basic recipe and you’ll have this traditional breakfast incorporated with veggies! It’s delicious! You won’t spend more than 15 minutes to make it. I’ve included the recipe in this post.
Here you have it – 9 customizable 15-minute breakfast recipes to please your picky eaters. Most of them are gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly. I hope you find them helpful. And if you get a chance to create your own 15-minute breakfast based on the recipes from this list, take a photo and tag #DelishPlanner on Instagram or show me on Snapchat (my username is persuasianfood). You’ll certainly make my day.
Now, it’s your turn. What’s your go-to breakfast recipe? Leave a comment below. I would love to exchange ideas with you! 🙂Print
Sausage Breakfast Combo
Super easy and quick breakfast combo that incorporates green vegetables in a traditional breakfast.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- Half pound Jimmy Dean pork sausage or chorizo sausage
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Paprika and dried tarragon to taste (optional)
- 2 cups of spring mix
- Pico de gallo
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook for 5-7 minutes, crumbling with your spatula.
- Once the sausage is done, push it to the side of the skillet leaving enough room to fry eggs. If there’s not enough oil left, add a drizzle of olive oil in the skillet.
- Once the oil is hot but not sizzling, gently crack 2 eggs into the skillet. Cook until the white is set and the yolks are slightly runny, approximately 4-5 minutes. Start seasoning it with salt and pepper to taste. (I always add paprika and dried tarragon to mine.)
- In the meanwhile, prepare two serving plates. Place a handful of greens on each plate. Add the cooked sausage on top of the greens.
- Once the eggs are done. Gently place a fried egg on each plate. Top with a spoonful of pico de gallo. Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 2