6 Delectable Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast Ideas

While breakfast is not the main concern for cooks on Thanksgiving, it shouldn’t be overlooked. This meal starts the day off right and helps to keep you more satisfied throughout all the day’s festivities. These six recipes are all great choices for serving a light yet filling meal to your family, but keep you from spending too much time in the kitchen.

With these recipes, you can have breakfast done just in time to sit down and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with everyone and enjoy seeing the floats, balloons, and thousands of people lining the streets of New York City. Or, bring breakfast to the living room and serve Apple Cinnamon Streusel Doughnuts, Apricot Ginger Scones, or one of these other recipes right in front of the TV so you don’t miss a minute of the parade or precious time with your family. Plus, you’ll feel energized to tackle a turkey trot or flag football game after Santa’s sleigh arrives!

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Doughnuts

Whole wheat, homemade doughnuts are glazed with sauteed Granny Smith apples and cinnamon… what could be better than that? This recipe uses a doughnut pan, eliminating the need for labor intensive and unhealthy frying. It’s also blissfully simple, not to mention delicious!

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Although oatmeal may make some turn up their noses in disgust, adding a few sweet and crunchy ingredients creates all the difference between bland and delectable. Cooking oatmeal from scratch is much more beneficial than sugar-laden packets and it doesn’t take very much time. For an extra treat, drizzle with a bit of honey or agave nectar before enjoying a steaming bowl.

Southwest Quiche

Bring out the flavors of Tex-Mex with chili powder, cumin, and green onions for a lively dish without too much heat. Instead of sausage or bacon, this quiche uses cooked chicken, a healthier alternative. For the morning after Thanksgiving, you could swap the chicken with leftover turkey. Serve with salsa for those who want a little more spice.

Heavenly French Fruit Salad

This simple yet elegant fruit salad brings out the sweetness of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and pears and combines them with a light wine-and-honey based dressing. Serve with cheese, as the recipe suggests, or a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Eggs in Bell Peppers

Spruce up the time-honored tradition of fried eggs for breakfast by encircling them in a colorful ring of red, orange, or yellow bell peppers. The beautiful presentation will impress any guests you have, but keeps you from spending much time in the kitchen. And bell peppers are an excellent source of nutrients.

Apricot Ginger Scones

These sweet treats don’t take too much time to whip up, but if you’d rather make them in advance, scones will keep for several days. The can be frozen quite nicely, too. These scrumptious pastries are best served with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

By Sarah Shultz for DietsInReview.com

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Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.3 years ago

Anne, please could you post your recipe for Reinvented Pumpkin Pie? It sounds great.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.3 years ago

It isn't necessary to cook your oatmeal.Just give it a couple of minutes to soak and soften in milk or, if you prefer, water or juice.with the fruit of your choice and, if desired, golden syrup , honey or sugar. I find that sultanas or raisins with, sometimes,apple or banana make it sweet enough.

Aaron B.
Aaron Bouchard3 years ago

Banana Nut Oatmeal that sounds especially appealing

Nils Lunde

Looks good

Nils Lunde


Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath3 years ago


Miranda Parkinson

very delectable!

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Yammy choices, thanks!

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago


Anne R.
Anne R.3 years ago

My son has alot of allergies. I reinvent food for him. I take recipes
and remove and replace until I find the right combos that work.
Our traditional Thanksgiving breakfast is Reinvented Pumpkin Pie.
He loves it. It is very healthy, It's vegan, and it's low fat, low sugar,
and it's makes him happy and giggle and get silly. Perfect Thankgiving
breakfast,is something to be thankful for like a very happy little boy. :)