Breakfast rut: (noun) A state of being extremely fed up with eating the same three things for breakfast over and over again.
To be honest, we made that particular dictionary entry up completely, but that doesn’t make our plight any less real. If you’ve been going through yogurt, nut butter toast, and oatmeal for… who knows how long, you’re probably ready to switch things up (while still getting that much-needed protein boost). That’s where recipes for breakfast pasta, aka pasta enjoyed before noon, come in.
Protein is key to starting your engines in the morning as it acts as the “building block” of your bones, skin, muscles and cartilage and helps your body function at the cellular level. Aside from protein, dieticians generally say that every morning meal should include fat (like avocado or olive oil), complex carbohydrates (like whole wheat bread), and fiber (like apple slices or chia seeds) to keep your energy levels at the right level until lunch — but that doesn’t always have to mean sticking with classic breakfast dishes.
If oatmeal or eggs are your regular breakfast staple, here’s cold hard proof that pasta can be just as good as a first meal. While pasta contains slightly less protein than oatmeal (about three grams versus five grams per half-cup serving), it’s extremely versatile to combine. While it might seem a bit weird to throw some turkey in your oatmeal, for example, you can easily add it to pasta for an extra protein boost. Not to mention the fact that there are many delicious bean-based pastas on the market such as B. Banza that are packed with 13 grams or more of protein per serving. (That means swapping out refined white pasta for a bean- or lentil-based option roughly doubles the protein per serving.)
In short, don’t let the world tell you what to eat for breakfast, Fam; eat something she want…even if you wouldn’t necessarily find it on the Sunday brunch menu. Ahead, we’ve rounded up five pasta recipes that you can swap in for the usual suspects. It’s a small rebellion, but a very rewarding one.
5 Breakfast Pasta Recipes to Energize Your Morning Routine
1. Instant Pot Cacio e Pepe with Crispy Garlic Basil Chickpeas
Utilize your pantry staples with this simple — yet decadent — twist on cacio e pepe. While the traditional Italian recipe calls for a simple combination of spaghetti, black pepper, and Pecorino Romano cheese, this version ups the plant-based protein content with a chickpea topping. You bake the chickpeas separately for an extra crunch, four grams of extra protein per serving. (Result.)
A nutritionist explains why chickpeas are so great:
2. Avocado Tomato Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Mediterranean cuisine is always refreshing – and it is exactly the adjective we want to use to describe our entire morning. This colorful bowl includes the high-protein chickpeas mentioned above, as well as crumbled goat cheese (faint), which has about five grams of protein per ounce. This dish is especially good in the summer, when the idea of eating a hot breakfast seems ridiculous.
Tired of spending time in front of the stove? Don’t worry: you can stick this pasta dish in your cast iron, pop it in an oven, and wait for the magic to happen. A 4-ounce serving of chicken provides 26 whole grams of protein, so you can count on this no-fuss pasta to keep you energized until lunchtime.
Good news: someone combined your two favorite things — guac and macaroni — and made something even better out of it. We took this recipe from Henry Firth and Ian Theasby’s cookbook a few years ago, and it’s still a favorite for its delicious flavors. While it doesn’t have the most protein on its own, you can easily pair it with tempeh, chicken, or chickpeas for a protein boost, or use bean-based noodles instead of refined flour noodles.
Cashew sauces are always a winner – and this pasta is no exception. Combine your mixed cashews with tomatoes, onions and red pepper flakes for a sauce that’s the *cook’s kiss*. When all is said and done (cooked and served?), this dish rocks about 15 grams of plant-based protein per serving, which is roughly the equivalent of a two-egg omelet. bam
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