Breakfast Bowls

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These healthy breakfast bowls make a comforting, warm breakfast. They are perfect for a weekend brunch, or you can prepare them in advance for a fast morning meal.

breakfast bowl topped with egg salsa and avocado

This savory breakfast bowl is a great way to start your day with plenty of fiber and protein. Featuring roasted potatoes and sauteed veggies, they are easy to customize using what you have on hand.

Following a special diet? You can leave off the eggs to make this vegan, or for a low carb & paleo bowl, you can skip the potatoes and enjoy the sauteed cabbage as a shredded hash brown alternative.

Ingredients You’ll Need

breakfast bowl ingredients in glass bowls on white surface

What is in a breakfast bowl?

  • Roasted potatoes
  • Sauteed veggies
  • Eggs (or scrambled tofu)
  • Any extra toppings you like!

It’s common to see breakfast bowl recipes topped with cheese, avocado, green onions, or even salsa. You can also add in sausage or bacon to your sauteed veggies, if you like.

Looking for more vegetarian protein? Try stirring in canned black beans to the sauteed veggies, and add a little garlic or hot sauce for extra flavor.

How to Make Breakfast Bowls

1. Roast the potatoes. The potatoes take the longest to cook, so that’s what we’ll start with. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and slice the potatoes into 1-inch chunks.

In a large bowl, toss the cut potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

sliced potatoes tossed with spices in glass bowl

Spread the potatoes out on a rimmed baking sheet, and place them in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Stir them halfway through the baking cycle, so they have the chance to get golden on more than one side.

Pro Tip: Arrange the potatoes so that one of the flat, cut-sides of the potato is in direct contact with the pan. This will give you more golden results compared to the skin-side of the potato touching the pan.

If you don’t flip the potatoes during the cooking cycle, one side will be much darker and crispier than the other sides.

potatoes roasted on baking sheet until golden

2. Saute the vegetables. While the potatoes are roasting in the oven, add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet. Saute the onion and bell pepper for about 3 minutes, just to soften them up.

Add in the shredded cabbage, salt, and black pepper, and continue stirring until the cabbage wilts, about 8 to 10 more minutes. (Alternatively, you can use baby spinach, instead.)

peppers, onions, and cabbage in large saute pan

3. Cook the eggs. You don’t have to use eggs if you’d like to make a vegan breakfast bowl (try adding cooked chickpeas or scrambled tofu for an egg-free protein), but if you do want to add them, I think it’s easiest to make hard boiled eggs as a meal prep option.

Try Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, if you have a pressure cooker. (Be sure to place the eggs in ice water after cooking, so they don’t develop a green ring around the yolks.)

4 eggs in the instant pot and cooled in ice water

Alternatively, you can simply pan-fry eggs in the morning, when you’re ready to serve these breakfast bowls. They don’t take too long to cook, especially if you’re warming up the breakfast bowl ingredients at the same time.

4. Assemble. When the potatoes are fork-tender and the sauteed cabbage, peppers, and onions are done, the bowls are ready to assemble. You can use meal prep containers, if you’d like to make these ahead.

assembling the breakfast bowl with cabbage potatoes eggs and avocado on top

Start with a base of potatoes and sauteed veggies. I usually split this amount up into 4 servings. Top the warm veggies with a cooked egg or two, along with sliced avocado, your favorite cheese, and some salsa for extra flavor. You can also add fresh herbs, like chopped cilantro or chives.

These healthy breakfast bowls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. (Hard boiled eggs can actually be stored for up to 7 days, if you want to make extra for other uses.)

When assembling these for meal prep, be sure to leave the avocado off, since that will turn brown over time. It’s easy to slice and add that right before serving!

breakfast bowls in meal prep containers

How to Reheat Breakfast Bowls

If you’d like to prepare make-ahead breakfast bowls, store individual portions in an airtight container in the fridge. You can use a microwave to reheat these bowls, using 30-second intervals to make sure everything heats evenly, or you can toss everything into a skillet and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, until the veggies and potatoes are warm again.

You can also eat these cold, if you’re really in a hurry, although I find cold potatoes to be a little disappointing texture-wise.

On the bright side, cooked and then chilled starches, like potatoes, tend to have more resistant starch compared to warm, cooked potatoes. Resistant starch tends to reduce the caloric density of foods, and may also act as a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in your gut.

cooked shredded cabbage in skillet with wooden spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

Which potatoes work best? I typically use Yukon Gold potatoes for this recipe, because they have a creamy interior and are a good source of antioxidants. Feel free to use sweet potatoes, red potatoes, or even shredded hash browns, instead.

What else can you add to a breakfast bowl? Similar to other bowl-style meals, you can add a cooked grain, like quinoa or oatmeal, if you’d like these to feel extra-filling. You can also serve these fillings in a tortilla, for more of a breakfast taco or burrito.

I hope you’ll enjoy this veggie-filled breakfast idea soon!

Breakfast Bowls

These breakfast bowls are a healthy breakfast, loaded with veggies! You can top them with an egg for protein, or try a sprinkle of hemp hearts or chickpeas, for a vegan option.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast bowls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 361kcal

Ingredients

Roasted Potatoes

  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes , sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sauteed Veggies

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper , seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 red onion , diced
  • 1 pound cabbage , shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Toppings

  • 4 hard boiled eggs (or canned beans, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 avocado , sliced
  • salsa (optional)
  • freshly chopped herbs

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Place the cut potatoes a large bowl, and toss them with the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat well, then spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Make sure a cut-side of the potato is touching the pan, to get the most crispy results. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the potatoes and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until very tender and golden.
  • While the potatoes are in the oven, you can saute the veggies. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add in the onions and bell pepper. Stir for 3 minutes, just until they start to soften, then add in the cabbage, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes more.
  • When the potatoes and veggies are both done cooking, you can assemble the breakfast bowls by adding a portion of each to 4 serving bowls. Top them each with a hard boiled egg, if using, and sliced avocado and fresh herbs, as desired, then serve warm right away.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat the veggies in a microwave using 30-second intervals until heated through again, or dump the potatoes and veggies in a skillet over medium-high heat and stir until heated about, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 4 servings, assuming you'll add 1 hard boiled egg and a 1/4 of an avocado on top. For more protein and calories, feel free to add another egg to each serving. This information is automatically calculated using a third-party server, so it's just an estimate and not a guarantee. Use the labels on your ingredients at home for the most accurate results.
This recipe is vegan if you omit the eggs. Feel free to add cooked chickpeas or black beans on top, for a plant-based source of protein. Or you can try adding a sprinkle of hemp hearts for a complete source of protein.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 1106mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1615IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg

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