Breakfast is the first meal of the day, so you have to make sure it can energize you and power you through the day. Breakfast is a meal where you literally break a fast — it signals an end to your overnight fasting.
That’s why it’s important that your breakfast packs enough power to boost your energy levels and provide you with the nutrients you need to thrive. And pairing your breakfast mains with breakfast sides is a great idea to enjoy a filling and tasty meal. Here’s a list of 14 easy breakfast sides you can try to bulk up your breakfast!
These scones combine the best of breakfast — bacon, cheddar, and eggs — to produce a sure-fire crowd pleaser. If you’re new to making scones, the recipe offers pointers on how to get it right. Just don’t overmix the dough, and use as little flour as possible and you’ll have a deliciously tender and flaky baked delight. Turn them into little sandwiches or have them on their own!
When you want something sweet for your morning meal, Blueberry muffins are a simple and wonderful choice. These muffins have a tender crumb infused with almond and vanilla extracts, which beautifully complement the tart and fresh blueberries, and the sparkling sugar crust is sure to entice you. They’re also freezer-friendly, so you can make them on the weekends and enjoy them on busy weekdays.
This banana bread is, quite frankly, the best ever banana bread you’ll ever taste. It has a brown tender crust and a soft, moist center bursting with banana flavors. It also fills your home with the most amazing aromas as it bakes. Just make sure you don’t open the oven while it’s baking, or you’ll be left with a flat loaf.
You can’t go wrong with fluffy, savory potatoes for breakfast. These breakfast potatoes are golden brown and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Seasoned to perfection, they’ll wake you right up! Serve them with bacon and eggs or a sausage sandwich for a filling breakfast.
These cinnamon fried apples are melt-in-your-mouth good! Make this deliciously warm and sweet finger delight by adding bite-sized apple pieces in a mixture made of cinnamon, sugar, and butter along with nutmeg and apple pie spice. Cook them until they are tender and serve them over pancakes, waffles, French toast, or crepes to enjoy.
Deliciously buttery and sweet, these French crepes are versatile enough to complement just about any breakfast main you serve it with. You can make them with milk, eggs, melted butter, kosher salt, sugar, and all-purpose flour, and cook them until they have beautiful caramelized spots on both sides. Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream or cooked meat, eggs, and cheese for a savory meal.
These buttermilk biscuits come together in 30 minutes with just 7 ingredients! The flaky and buttery biscuits can be topped with jam, served with gravy, or drizzled with honey to make an easy breakfast side. They contain cold buttermilk, so they’ll have a lighter and silkier texture and will be as tender as baked goods can get!
Need a jam-like dessert to spread on your toasts or add to your breakfast bowl? You can’t beat a sweet and tart fruit compote. This compote uses fresh fruit like strawberries or peaches, honey, and salt to produce a condensed liquid that’s deliciously fruity and jammy. You can also add other seasonings like lemon juice or zest, ground cinnamon, or vanilla extract to infuse it with incredible flavors.
Put together a healthy, juicy fresh fruit salad within minutes — the perfect start to your day. You can make this refreshing salad with your choice of fruits and berries, mint, and some orange zest and juice. This side dish is high in fiber and does not contain any sugar, so it’s the perfect option even for those on a diet.
These freezer-friendly sausage patties are super easy to make. All you have to do is combine the herbs and spices, then toss in pork, bacon, and maple syrup. You can then shape the patties and cook them in a skillet until they’re browned and cooked through on both sides. Freeze leftovers, if any, between sheets of parchment paper.
We’re convinced croissants are a godsend, and when you take a bite of these buttery, flaky delights, you’ll echo the sentiment, too. This golden brown French pastry has hundreds of layers of dough and rich butter, which is what gives it a fluffy, cloud-like texture. While perfect on their own, you can also turn these flaky croissants into savory or sweet sandwiches!
12. How to Fry Bacon
Make crispy and delicious bacon in the oven or on the stove to put a quick breakfast side on the table in 10-15 minutes! Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet or a skillet and cook until it reaches your desired doneness. Remove it from the heat, drain it on paper towels, and serve!
Sunny-side-up eggs are a breakfast staple, and making them is easy as well! Simply break eggs into a lightly-buttered skillet and cook until the whites are just set and the yolks are tender and slightly runny. You can serve this classic side garnished with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper alongside a bacon casserole.
These fluffy and delicious cinnamon rolls are a wonderfully indulgent breakfast side. You can make them with original cinnamon roll ingredients, but make sure to use quick-rise yeast to help your rolls rise faster. If you’re short on time, you can also make the rolls overnight or make a large batch and freeze extras to enjoy a sweet treat on hectic weekdays!