21 Vegan Breakfast-for-Dinner Ideas That Are Nourishing and Delicious

By Megan Edwards,

When you have a late-night hankering for pancakes and scrambled tofu, there’s only one thing you can do: Make breakfast for dinner. We’ve rounded up our all-time favorite breakfast recipes that are hearty and nutritious enough to serve as your nighttime meal. From spicy Southwest tamale bowls to simple Egyptian breakfast beans, this collection of crave-worthy meals will add new flair to your standard dinner rotation. So pay no mind to arbitrary rules that dictate what you can or can’t eat for your last meal of the day—whip up a delicious breakfast-for-dinner recipe tonight!

Southwestern Savory Oatmeal topped with avocado and salsa in a white bowl

Southwestern Savory Oatmeal

Thought oatmeal could only be sweet? Think again! This Mexican-inspired breakfast bowl is bursting with savory flavors that are reminiscent of fresh street tacos. Melt-in-your-mouth tender sweet potatoes blend with Southwest-spiced oats to create a deliciously creamy texture. Black beans, avocado, salsa, and fresh herbs kick it up a notch to leave you feeling nourished and satisfied for the rest of the night.
Breakfast Tostadas topped with salsa and lime wedges on a marble countertop

Breakfast Tostadas

Chickpea flour is the secret ingredient to fluffy vegan scrambled “eggs” in this zesty tostada recipe. Corn tortillas are topped with the egg-less scramble, fresh veggies, homemade pico de gallo salsa, and sliced avocado. If you want to turn up the heat, add some fresh jalapeño or your favorite hot sauce for a breakfast dish that you’ll want in your normal dinner rotation.
Tortilla Española with Potatoes and Red Sweet Peppers

Tortilla Española with Potatoes and Red Peppers

This plant-based version of a classic Spanish recipe is hearty and oh-so-satisfying. While the dish is traditionally made with eggs and olive oil, our twist uses tofu, aquafaba, and chickpea flour to create a delicious and healthy egg replacement. Sliced potatoes add heft while roasted red peppers bring subtle sweetness, which is perfectly complemented by a garnish of fresh parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Tamale Bowls

Savory Tamale Breakfast Bowls

Easy instant polenta forms the base of these delectable deconstructed tamales. Spiced kidney beans are piled onto the creamy corn base and then topped with salsa, avocado, and cilantro for a zesty kick. Perfect for enjoying after a long day at work, this quick and filling meal brings the best of the savory breakfast world onto your dinner plate. 
Sweet Potato Waffles with Apple-Date Slaw

Vegan Sweet Potato Waffles with Apple-Date Slaw

If you’re a fan of sweet breakfasts but want to ditch the added sugar, these tasty waffles will do the trick. A blend of rolled oats, flour, sweet potato, and warming spices form the batter while a simple slaw of chopped apples, dates, and cinnamon add a fresh crunch to every bite. Drizzle on a little maple syrup if you’re feeling extra decadent!
Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Big Breakfast Burrito

Sink your teeth into this incredible vegan breakfast burrito recipe. Hearty sweet potatoes are scrambled with tofu and a healthy dash of savory spices and cheesy nutritional yeast. Top it all off with salsa for a refreshing kick. This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time: Just wrap each burrito in cling film and reheat when you’re in a rush.
Vegan Avocado Toast

Summer’s Best Avocado Toast

Why pay $12 for toast at a fancy brunch restaurant when you can make this best-ever version at home any time of the day? Mashed avocado is layered with juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, and crunchy sprouts for a delightfully veggie-packed meal. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to bring out the buttery flavor in the avocado, and dig in!

Leftover Veggie Chickpea Omelette

Eating plant-based doesn’t mean you have to give up omelets! Chickpea flour is transformed into an eggy pancake and wrapped around a mouthwatering medley of your favorite veggies. This breakfast-for-dinner recipe is great for nights when you want to clear out leftover produce in your fridge. Top with salsa or hot sauce for a healthy and satisfying meal.
potato waffle sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and herbed tofu cream on a gray plate with a fork

Potato Waffle Sandwiches with Herbed Tofu Cream

Looking for yet another way to enjoy potatoes? Shred them into hash browns and press them in a waffle maker for a crispy, seriously satisfying sandwich bun. An herbaceous tofu spread adds a savory, creamy element to the layers of fresh veggies stacked between the waffled potatoes. This recipe is great for kids and adults alike because you can improvise the sandwich fillings based on taste preferences.
tofu and veggie frittata

Tofu and Veggie Frittata

This fluffy vegan frittata is so good that even the most avid egg lovers will approve. Potatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, and scallions are folded into a plant-based eggy mixture, adding hearty substance to every bite. Nutritional yeast and miso paste add a delicate savory flavor and golden hue to make this breakfast-for-dinner dish as beautiful as it is scrumptious.

Egyptian Breakfast Beans (Ful Medames)

Seven pantry staples come together to create a satisfying meal that will stick to your stomach. Fava beans are cooked with fragrant sautéed onion and warming spices before being drizzled with lemon juice for an acidic kick. Serve this nutrient-rich dish with fresh tomatoes, brown rice, or whole-grain pita bread to turn it into a full-blown feast.
roasted vegetable breakfast hash

Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Hash

A colorful medley of potatoes, parsnips, beets, and Brussels sprouts are sprinkled with paprika and baked to tender perfection in this scrumptious breakfast hash. The creamy mustard sauce adds a delicious depth of flavor while fresh thyme ties everything together with an herbal pop. Enjoy this dish as is, or layer it over a bed of cooked grains.
Quick Congee

Quick Brown Rice Congee

Congee is a rice porridge eaten in many Asian countries for breakfast and is absolutely delicious at any time of day. This vegan version simmers brown rice with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for a lusciously creamy end result that melts in your mouth with every spoonful. Baked tofu, mushrooms, and green onions create a satisfying blend of textures that’s perfect for when you’re craving a recipe bursting with rich umami flavor.
Oatmeal-Lemon Pancakes with Raspberry-Date Syrup

Oatmeal-Lemon Pancakes with Raspberry-Date Syrup

Whip up these delightful pancakes when you’re craving something on the sweeter side. The gluten-free batter is infused with bright lemon zest and naturally sweetened with dates. Top it off with a simple raspberry-date syrup and fresh fruit for a meal that will rival your favorite diner flapjacks. One reader raves: “Easy to make and a great alternative to get your oats in when you don’t feel like having a bowl of oatmeal!”

Potato-Edamame Hash on Toast

Need to clear out the oddball ingredients from your pantry? Make this easy breakfast-for-dinner recipe! Simply sauté diced russet potatoes with bell pepper, shallots, and edamame for a savory hash; then spoon the veggie medley over whole grain toast, adding a dash of hot sauce, if you like some heat. It may sound a little eclectic, but trust us when we say that this easy dish is a 10/10!
A bowl of savory homemade vegan oatmeal studded with asparagus and peas, and topped with lemon wedges and radish slices, on a white wooden table with a bowl of additional garnishes on the side

Savory Oats with Asparagus and Peas

Rolled oats are cooked with veggie broth and plant-based milk until they resemble an incredibly creamy risotto-like texture. A tantalizing blend of earthy asparagus, sweet peas, fresh dill, and bright lemon dress up the porridge base, and you can experiment with any other garnishes that delight your taste buds. As one reader says, “Yum! I’m such a fan of savory oats. They’re not just for breakfast!”
There are many good recipes for scrambles, but most call for tofu. In this vegan scrambled eggs recipe, cauliflower takes it's place—with delicious results.

Breakfast Scramble

You’ll never miss the eggs in this veggie-packed savory breakfast scramble. Tender cauliflower florets soak up the delicious flavors of salty soy sauce, cheesy nutritional yeast, spicy cayenne, and fragrant garlic. Turmeric adds a familiar yellow hue to the delicate veggies, and sautéed peppers and onions add a homestyle-diner flare. Serve with a side of toast or a pancake if you’re extra hungry.

Breakfast Burrito Bake

An inventive cross between shepherd’s pie and a burrito bowl, this breakfast-for-dinner idea hits the spot when you have a big appetite. Hearty veggies, black beans, and Southwest spices are blanketed in a pillowy layer of cheesy mashed potatoes that are baked to golden perfection. This recipe makes quite a bit of food, so freeze the leftovers: You’ll thank yourself later for the easy microwave meal!
Hash browns are a comfort food, and they don’t have to be heavily fried to be good. The added garlic makes these vegan hash browns irresistible.

Garlic Hash Browns with Kale

These are not your average hash browns. Seasoned generously with garlic and black pepper, these starchy potatoes soak up strong aromas, while sautéed kale adds a delicious earthiness to the dish. Enjoy it with a slice of toast, or serve with a veggie scramble to take your breakfast-for dinner-game to the next level.
Sweet Potato Hash in a cast iron skillet with a blue dish towel on the handle

Rainbow Sweet Potato Hash

Multicolor sweet potatoes make this meal a rainbow feast! The root veggies are cooked with sweet bell pepper and fragrant onion to resemble a classic hash base. But things go from basic to gourmet when leafy kale is thrown into the mix and the whole skillet is drizzled with a zesty avocado crema. Dinner never looked so pretty!
tostadas made in a muffin tin

Muffin Tin Mini Tostadas

This handheld meal is fun for kids and flavorful enough to satisfy adults. Tortilla wedges are layered inside muffin tins and filled with a savory mix of beans, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, and cheesy plant-based batter. Each little tortilla crown is baked to crispy perfection and can be topped with your favorite salsa. Perfect for a light dinner or late-night snack!

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Megan Edwards

Megan Edwards is a staff writer and content producer for Forks Over Knives. She is also a certified RYT-500 yoga teacher who is passionate about cultivating holistic wellness through plant-based eating, mindful movement, and meditation. With a background in journalism and marketing, she supports both the online presence and quarterly print magazine for Forks Over Knives.
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