7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas Starring Tofu

7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas Starring Tofu

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Kelli Foster
May 9, 2018
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If your breakfast goal is a morning meal that'll fill you up and carry you through until lunchtime, a big boost of protein will do the trick every time. And for that, we're turning to tofu. It's a popular choice among anyone skipping animal products, and for good reason.

Tofu is packed with protein and can be used in everything from smoothies and scrambles to hashes and breakfast burritos. Here are are seven favorite ways to incorporate tofu into breakfast.

1. How To Scramble Tofu

A duo of nutritional yeast and turmeric lend a savory, umami-rich flavor and yellow hue to a basic tofu scramble. Toss in some cooked veggies to make a breakfast hash, stuff your scramble into a tortilla or pita, or dig in with a side of toast and avocado.

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2. Vegan Mixed Berry and Chia Protein Shake

Creamy silken tofu is a great way to give smoothies a quick boost of protein, placing them firmly in satisfying breakfast territory. Plan on about 1/3 cup of silken tofu per smoothie.

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3. Popeye Pesto Tofu Scramble

Take herby pesto beyond pasta and use a few spoonfuls to give your next tofu scramble a serious boost of flavor. This recipe calls for making a quick homemade pesto, but your favorite store-bought version makes a convenient substitute.

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4. Spicy Vegetarian Breakfast Nachos

Yes, nachos can indeed be breakfast food. Cook up a crumbled block of tofu just as you would for a scramble and then toss in some smoky spices (and veggies and beans if you want to bulk it up more). Then you are well on your way to a plate of breakfast-friendly nachos!

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5. Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Mixed with a blend of smoky spices, peppers, and green onions, this deeply-flavored tofu scramble has breakfast burrito written all over it.

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6. Fried Rice with Thai Basil and Tofu

Partner tofu with that leftover rice hanging out in the fridge, and you've got a quick batch of breakfast fried rice that comes together in minutes. Bulk it up with whatever veggies or herbs you have handy!

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7. Raspberry Ginger Power Smoothies

Blitzed with a squeeze of tangy lime and a nub of fresh ginger, this smoothie is quick to perk up your tastebuds. The recipe calls for Greek yogurt, but an equal amount of silken tofu brings a boost of protein guaranteed to make it filling.

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