Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

Vegan Breakfast

This savory vegan breakfast bowl recipe features healthy ingredients like kale, mushrooms, onions, tofu scramble, avocado, brown rice and salsa for a nutritious breakfast that doesn’t skimp on flavour. It’s high in protein and contains healthy fats and complex carbohydrates for a balanced breakfast that will leave you energized all morning.

Easy Healthy Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl with kale, tofu scramble, avocado and brown rice.

How to Make a Breakfast Bowl

Normally I’d be getting into the sweet ingredients you need to create a breakfast bowl but not today. Today we’re all about the savory. Let’s see what we got.

Add A Complex Carbohydrate

For this savory bowl, I used brown rice. Adding a source of complex carbohydrates to your breakfast bowl provides the energy you’ll need to power through until lunch.

Here are some other options for complex carbs:

  • roasted or mashed squash such as butternut, acorn or kabocha
  • pureed pumpkin
  • roasted or mashed sweet potato
  • whole grains such as steel cut oats, quinoa or brown rice
  • roasted or steamed beets

Avocado in a savory vegan breakfast bowl with kale, tofu scramble, rice and salsa.

Add Healthy Fats

Healthy fats help slow digestion of the carbohydrates and provide a range of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. I used avocado in this bowl. like avocado for a source of fat since it contains plenty of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and important essential fatty acids.

Here are some other options for healthy fats are:

  • nut or seed butter such as tahini
  • olives
  • coconut butter (yummy if you’re adding sweet potato or squash)
  • hemp seeds, sunflower seeds
  • almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews or any other nut

Add A Plant-Based Protein Source

To added tofu scramble to this bowl to boost the protein. Other choices include:

  • tempeh bacon
  • marinated tempeh
  • lentils
  • chickpea, pinto beans or black beans
  • seitan
  • edamame
  • hemp seeds

Keep in mind that all of the ingredients in this dish have protein in them, some just have more than others. With plant foods, there’s a lot of overlap in macronutrients and aside from seitan, you don’t find the straight sources of protein like you do with meat or fish. No problem though because along with all that plant-based protein, you’re also getting fibre, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc.

You can read more about plant-based protein in my guide to vegan protein.

Bonus: Fermented Foods

You guys know I’m all about optimizing digestive health. We talked about it a lot in this post on how to build a healthy gut and this post on anti-inflammatory living.

One way to do this is to consume fermented foods on a daily basis. I love my daily sauerkraut and kombucha to get all the gut-friendly bacteria I need to keep my gut happy. I actually forgot to add my daily sauerkraut for the recipe photos, my that’s my go-to for a daily boost of probiotics.

Some other options would include:

  • pickles
  • pickled vegetables
  • tempeh
  • sauerkraut
  • plain coconut or cashew yogurt
  • kimchi
  • miso (you could make a sauce)

Add Final Flavours

I kept this bowl simple and just added some salsa, salt and pepper and a dash of hot sauce. Some other yummy sauce options would be:

  • chimmichuri sauce
  • chipotle sauce
  • avocado sauce
  • tahini sauce
  • kale walnut pesto
  • lemon tahini sauce

Kale, tofu scramble and avocado in a savory vegan breakfast bowl.

Why Savoury Breakfasts?

As much as I love my morning oatmeal, toast and smoothies, they leave me craving carbs (sugar) all morning. I can eat a bowl of oatmeal and want a bagel and peanut butter an hour later. I’ve always struggled with sugar and carb cravings but switching to a very low-sugar diet and adding more healthy fats to my diet has been a game changer for me.

When I do eat breakfast that are more carb-heavy I do make sure to keep them balanced by adding fat and protein but that sweetness still triggers cravings. Depending on your body and how you respond to carbohydrates, you may also feel an energy crash after a sweet breakfast. This is caused by your blood sugar spiking and the subsequent crash as your body tries to compensate. After this occurs, the last thing you want to do is eat more carbs.

So this is why I choose savory vegan breakfasts most days. It totally depends on you and your body though. I workout before breakfast, so the carbs are fine to re-fuel, however, low-sugar unrefined carbohydrates are still the best choice for me.

Avocado, mushrooms and kale, tofu scramble and brown rice in a bowl.

Vegan Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Okay, finally. The recipe! I think we’ve discussed all you need to know. I hope you enjoy this one. If you prep some of the ingredients in advance, these come together in about 10 minutes. If anything, make the brown rice in advance or use leftover rice, otherwise you’ll be waiting 40 minutes for it to cook.

Meal Prep These Bowls

These bowls are easy to meal prep for quick breakfasts during the week. To meal prep these:

  • cook the brown rice and store in the fridge
  • pre-chop the veggies and store in containers
  • mix up the tofu scramble ingredients and store

You can either assemble a few days worth of bowls ahead of time or just make them each night or morning as you need them. I would leave the avocado until the night before or day of to keep it fresh though.

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