Breakfast can be hard even on the best of days, and if you’re anything like me, it’s a downright struggle at the start of a Whole30. But struggle no more! Get my favorite tips and tricks for whipping up a warm, delicious Whole30 breakfast in no time, plus my favorite quick, easy and/or make-ahead Whole Breakfast Recipes to keep you nourished and fueled!
If you’re on a Whole30 and struggling with breakfast, girlfriend/guyfriend you are so not alone. Are you totally over eggs? Can’t stomach another breakfast hash with sausage and root veggies? I feel you.
Rockin’ a Whole30 breakfast routine can be such a challenge, especially in the dead cold of winter when produce isn’t nearly as sexy as in, say, July when berries and stone fruits and colorful vegetables abound. Add in the complication of the morning rush, and it’s easy to see why a standard rotation of fried eggs and Whole30 compliant sausage can be quick and compliant, but oh so very freaking boring.
That’s why I’ve rounded up my favorite breakfast prep ideas, along with some easy, delicious Whole30 breakfast recipes. Let’s get your taste buds salivating and your meal planning inspired!
Whole30 Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas
An essential lesson I learned the hard way doing my very first Whole30 is that weekend prep is critical. Over the weekend I prepare a stockpile of cooked items in the fridge that I can toss together for a quick and dirty breakfast or packed lunch. My favorites include:
- Pan roasted sweet and/or white potatoes
- Sliced and sautéed chicken sausage
- Browned ground beef
- Sautéed onions and peppers
- Prepped greens
- Roasted winter squash
- Chopped herbs
- Basic marinara sauce
- Whole30 pesto sauce
Using the items above, I can whip up any number of quick and tasty breakfasts:
- Breakfast salad: Toss two cups of greens with some reheated roasted squash and sausage. Top with pesto, a poached egg, and some avocado.
- Tex-Mex Egg Scramble: In a cast iron skillet, reheat some ground beef, peppers and onions with a little cumin, paprika, chili powder, and a pinch of oregano. Add in two whisked eggs, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Scramble the eggs with the beef and peppers until cooked, and serve with sliced avocado.
- Quick Breakfast Hash: In a cast iron skillet, reheat some breakfast sausage slices with the sweet potatoes and/or white potatoes, onions, and peppers. Toss in a few handfuls of spinach until wilted. Top with a fried egg (optional) and some pesto.
- Pseudo Eggs in Purgatory: Reheat some browned beef with marinara sauce and a teaspoon or so of red pepper flakes in a cast iron or other oven proof skillet. Stir in some fresh herbs, and crack a few eggs into the sauce. Transfer to a 400°F oven and bake until the whites are set, about 8 minutes.
Generally it takes me about an hour to prep all the ingredients (and I’m not always necessarily making all of the above) and a max of 15 minutes to make each of the simple recipes I mentioned.
That being said, I’m also a huge fan of composed recipes and/or recipes I can make entirely in advance and simply reheat. So naturally I’ve got some of those for y’all too.
Easy and Awesome Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
Bacon. Brussels. Eggs. Eat it up y’all! This hash is ready in 20 minutes, and it stores well in the fridge for easy breakfast prep all week long.
These Whole30 breakfast bowls are packed with nutrients and a warm and cozy way to start the day. Prep both the pesto and the cauliflower rice in advance (it’ll keep for at least 3 days) and you’ve got a 5-minute breakfast that looks and tastes gourmet.
by A Saucy Kitchen
This Whole30 breakfast casserole is a tried-and-true meal prep winner! We make at least once every round, and it never fails to please. Even the kids love this one! (via 40 Aprons)
A reader favorite on OSK! I make this winter produce friendly by using butternut squash and spinach in lieu of summer squash and peppers. Either way you dice it, it’s freaking delicious. These are a great prep option and keep for up to 5 days. Five minutes to Whole30 breakfast bliss!
I mean, c’mon – pork. belly. benedict. Can I get a heck yes? We have a brunch scheduled in two weeks and this is on the menu. My non-Whole30 friends truly won’t know the difference. (via Do You Even Paleo)
Oh, they there gorgeous. If you’re a fan of oatmeal for breakfast, here’s your fix. Fresh cherries are expensive AF in winter (if you can even find them) so go for defrosted frozen cherries, or swap in diced apples or pears.
by 40 Aprons
By now, you’ve probably realized that sweet potatoes are a big freaking deal on a Whole30. And for good reason. They’re packed with nutrients and carbs to keep your belly full and happy. Twice bake ’em for double the fun. And bacon? Yep. Bake the first round in advance, and you’ve got an easy breakfast that you can pull together in just 15 minutes.
by The Organic Kitchen
This dish looks so fancy and gourmet, but it’s insanely easily and ready in just 15 minutes. YES, 15 minutes for a Whole30 compliant waffle sandwich.
by Fit Mitten Kitchen
It’s really, really hard to find Whole30 compliant breakfast sausage, but Cheryl is here to save the day with this fast and easy recipe. You’ll want to make a double batch of these bad boys and tuck half into the freezer to last all month long.
by 40 Aprons
It’s easy to over-indulge on carbs like potatoes during a Whole30. After all, they are allowed. If you want to start your day a little more veggie-forwad, reach for these cauliflower hash browns instead. They look AMAZING!
by Wholesome Yum
An egg in an avocado? Swoon. So easy and beautiful, packed with healthy, whole foods fats and protein to keep you full all morning long. Plus they’re ready in just 5 minutes.
by The Whole Cook
Look ma, no eggs! This protein packed bowl comes together so quickly, with sweet, satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs fried plantains.
by Jessi’s Kitchen
If you’re a benny fan, you’ll love these salmon cakes with hollandaise. They come together surprisingly fast (just 30 minutes) and would make an ah-mazing Sunday brunch meal.
by Do You Even Paleo
How freaking adorable are these? The sweet potato fries take a little prep time (soak ’em so they’re crispy), but you can totally do that in advance and enjoy this nutrient-dense Whole30 breakfast in less than 10 minutes. Especially if you’ve also stashed some breakfast sausage in the freezer!
by Personally Paleo
This is definitely going on my brunch rotation ASAP. Cameron loves pickled jalapeños, and they’re a fun, surprising addition to this gorgeous breakfast.
by Running to the Kitchen
No round0-up is complete without a frittata, and for good reason – they’re easy, they’re protein packed, and they make for an awesome make ahead breakfast that reheats in seconds and lasts all week long.
by The Whole Cook