20 Budget Breakfast Ideas for a Better Morning

updated Jul 3, 2023
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One of the best things about breakfast is that it’s super easy to pull off a hearty and healthy meal without breaking the bank. Whether you start at the bulk bins with rice for congee, scramble some eggs for an on-the-go breakfast burrito, or lean on a cheap pantry staple for a savory breakfast parfait, all it takes is a little inspiration to start your day with a totally delicious and budget-friendly breakfast. Here are 20 recipes to get you started.

Breakfast Ideas for a Better Morning

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Hearty Breakfast Fruit Salad

A hearty whole grain and fresh fruit salad, with fresh herbs that add dimension, and quick gloss of a sweet-tart dressing. It’s all made ahead and just needs a last-minute toss together. This fruity tabouli is a formula, a recipe blueprint, that is so versatile you’ll be having a different breakfast every day for weeks with ease.

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Breakfast Fried Rice
Eggs, sausage, and, yes, cheese go into this comforting breakfast fried rice.
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Black Beans and Plantains Breakfast Bowl
A pot cumin-spiced black beans becomes the perfect canvas for a vegetarian breakfast with sweet, fried plantains, and runny fried eggs.
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Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam
This quick, easy breakfast takes a dessert classic and lightens it up for the morning with yogurt and jam.
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Apple Farro Breakfast Bowl with Cranberries and Hazelnuts

Breakfast bowls that include satisfying farro, warm apples cooked up in coconut oil, crunchy hazelnuts, and soft cranberries. Bowls that will warm you up in the morning and satisfy you until lunch. This is one such bowl.

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Savory Grits Breakfast Parfaits

Loaded with sausage, cheese, and spinach, this grits parfait is just as gorgeous as its sweet counterparts.

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Veggie-Packed Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
A breakfast casserole loaded with veggies and crowned with crunchy tots to start the day off right.
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Crustless Vegetable Quiche

This quiche is all about the transformation of humble ingredients into a beautiful meal.

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Tex-Mex Migas

“Migas” is the Spanish word for “crumbs,” and in Spain it’s a dish typically comprised of stale bread and other ingredients.

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Eggs with Summer Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Bell Peppers

This recipe calls for a roasted pepper, and I highly recommend roasting your own on the stovetop instead of using the jarred version.

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Portable Breakfast Quesadillas

Here’s one that you can have pre-made in the freezer, so any weekday morning can start with a quesadilla.

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Grilled Cheese & Sweet Potato Breakfast Sandwich

If you were to say this breakfast sandwich is over the top, you're right.

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Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
Burritos with eggs, cheese, and potatoes, made ahead and heated up quickly on a weekday morning. Breakfast victory!
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Mediterranean Breakfast Pitas

This protein-packed combination of egg and hummus is a surefire way to start your day on the right note. Wrap it in a piece of foil, and you’re out the door with a portable breakfast.

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Muffin-Pan Breakfast Sliders

With all the ingredients baked in a single muffin pan, this may be the easiest sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich you’ll ever make.

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Congee Rice Porridge

Congee is sometimes described as rice porridge, but it is not a porridge. Porridge is a western dish made by simmering grains, like oats, or legumes in milk or water until it reaches a very soft, spoonable consistency. It’s typically sweetened.

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A Week of Steel-Cut Oats in 5 Minutes
The easiest way to make a week's worth of steel-cut oatmeal in 5 minutes.
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Masala Chai-Spiced Oatmeal

Masala chai brings the best warm spices — like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger — together in one fragrantly soothing cup

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Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Honey & Fruit

A steamy, creamy bowl of oatmeal is the ultimate comfort food, and preparing it in the slow cooker is a great way to take care of your breakfast crew without having to wake up before everyone else.

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Sweet Morning Potato

You can precook the potatoes and save them in the refrigerator for the morning, cutting your prep time to around five minutes.

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