Summer Breakfasts!
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, not only is it the most important, but there are so many delicious options! However, I know it's easy to fall into a routine of oatmeal, yogurt or a bar when you're crunched for time. Believe it or not breakfast is a great place to experiment so this month I've gathered my favorite easy, make-ahead options for those rushed mornings; out-of-the-box recipes that will wake up your taste buds, and no-hassle meals for hot summer days.

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Savory Starts
Frittatas are awesomely versatile. I love The Kitchn's breakfast recipe because you can use whatever greens and cheese you have on hand (I used spinach instead of kale). They're delicious fresh out of the oven, but just as good at room temp or even cold a day later, and work perfectly as a grab-and-go breakfast (or even lunch). 


Baked Tomato and Egg Cups

Eggs are a great go-to breakfast because they're packed with protein, so they keep you satisfied till lunch (no wistful 10 a.m. glances at the vending machine). Mix up the usual scramble and work fresh Roma tomatoes into your meal, creating a delicious nutritionally packed, grab and go delight.

Rye Toasts with Smoked Salmon and Cucumber

This is a triple threat recipe: It's delicious, it's easy to make, and it looks sophisticated. Make these toasts for yourself or break them out for brunch and impress everyone with your swanky sensibilities. The classic combination of cream cheese, smoked salmon, onions, and capers is refreshed with cucumber slices, and the toasted rye is much lighter than the traditional bagel (no carb coma!) or switch out for your favorite gluten free cracker, I like Lundberg Farms or Healing Home Foods.

Avocado Toast

Simply put, this is one of the easiest, healthiest, and flat-out best breakfasts ever. There isn't a wrong way to make it, and it's packed with healthy fats, fiber, potassium and protein to start your day right. You can also top it with an egg if you want that extra protein punch. 

Sweet Stuff

Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola

The perfect summer breakfast. No heat, no hassle. Naturally sweet, with satisfying crunch and plenty of protein. I also love these little sandwiches as an afternoon snack!


Put a twist on the traditional stack with some of my favorite recipes. Go caveman with egg- and banana-based Paleo pancakes (they're super quick) or put your coconut flour to use with a simple Goop recipe that can also be used to make Belgian waffles. When the dog days of summer hit and you're pining for fall, try pumpkin nut butter pancakes with a homemade maple pecan glaze.

Sweet Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup, and Nuts

This recipe proves beyond a doubt that sweet potatoes are a highly underrated and delicious breakfast food. Play around with the recipe -- I made mine with coconut yogurt and pepitas.

Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam

This breakfast-y twist on the dessert is sweet, healthy, and a fun way to start your day.

Grilled Apricots with Yogurt

Instead of grabbing a piece of fruit as you run out the door, take an extra 10 minutes to grill and garnish it for a heartier, tastier breakfast. 


Make-Ahead & On-the-Go Meals

Baked Oatmeal & Overnight Oats

Oatmeal can be a little too stick-to-your-ribs for summertime. Make these awesome alternatives instead!

Pamela Salzman's baked oatmeal cups are ideal to make ahead of time. On a busy morning, grab one for a fast (but filling and non-boring) breakfast.

Chilled overnight oats pack a healthful punch and taste refreshing on hot mornings. Pepper Lynn has 2 ways to dress up 1 easy, protein- and fiber-rich recipe (try both strawberry banana and pumpkin peanut butter). Or go vegan and gluten-free with this PB-and-banana recipe (pictured above) from one of my favorite blogs, Domesticate-ME. 

Puddings & Parfaits

Chia pudding (pictured) is creamy and sweet -- and a snap to make (just soak overnight). Dress up this tapioca-like pudding with fruit, coconut flakes, even toasted nuts. This recipe adds vanilla extract and maple syrup for natural sweetness.

Avocado pudding is even easier to prep, and you can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers. It's also a delicious dessert. (Skeptical? You'll be surprised what a difference milk and honey can make when added to avocado.)


I love summer smoothies so much that I devoted an entire newsletter to them. They're the ultimate refreshing and energizing breakfast (and the easiest way to get greens while en route to work). Try Domesticate Me's rockin' banana-free tropical green smoothie -- perfect anytime, but especially for those mornings after a BBQ or a night at the beer garden!

I'll be hanging in the Hamptons for part of August! If you'll be out that way and are interested in sessions or group cooking classes (with a chef and me), email me and we'll get a plan going.