Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

Many of my day to day meals are just a hodgepodge of random ingredients that I find in my fridge all thrown into a bowl or a wrap. While I don’t really consider these “recipes,” they might spark some inspiration for some of you, so it can’t hurt to post them, right? These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are one of my favorite quick breakfast bowls (they take less than 10 minutes), and a lot of people have been asking about them since I showed them in my Instagram stories for the Vegetarian Challenge. I’ve shown my current combo below, but I’ll also list some other ingredients that I sometimes throw into the mix!

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

A big bowl of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles with fork.

Other Bowl Options:

You can really add anything you like to these bowls, but here are some other things I’ve added in the past:

  • mixed baby greens
  • radishes
  • broccoli (chopped fine)
  • cheese (shredded cheddar or feta are nice)
  • sriracha
  • chipotle ranch
  • roasted vegetables
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • black beans

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are a savory breakfast lover’s dream. Fast, flavorful, full of healthy vegetables, and fully customizable. 

  • 1/2 Tbsp butter ($0.03)
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced ($0.25)
  • 2 cups spinach ($0.50)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.50)
  • seasoning of choice* ($0.05)
  • 6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half ($0.34)
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced ($0.13)
  • 1/4 cup hummus ($0.37)
  • pinch salt and pepper ($0.02)
  1. Add the butter to a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Once melted, add the diced bell pepper and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the spinach and sauté just until wilted (about one minute).

  2. Push the vegetable to the sides and crack the eggs in the center. Add the seasoning of your choice. Keeping the skillet over medium heat, begin to scramble the eggs, mixing them with the vegetables. When the eggs are mostly set, remove the skillet from the heat.

  3. Add the cooked eggs and vegetables to a bowl and top with sliced tomatoes, avocado, hummus, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

*I used Trader Joe’s Onion Salt seasoning this time, but I’ve used several others in the past, like Cajun seasoning, Jerk seasoning, “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning, or just all-purpose seasoning salt.

A forkful of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles close up

Step by Step Photos

Sautéed Bell Pepper and Spinach

Start by adding 1/2 Tbsp butter to a large non-stick skillet (I’m using a ceramic Greenpan brand skillet here) and placing over medium heat. Once melted, add 1/2 of a bell pepper (diced) and sauté for just a minute or two. Next, add two cups (about two handfuls) of fresh spinach and sauté just until wilted (about one more minute). 

Add Eggs and Seasoning to the skillet

Push the vegetables to the sides and crack the eggs in the center. Season the eggs and vegetables with a seasoning blend of your choice (I used Onion Salt today, but there are more ideas for seasoning blends in the recipe notes above). 

Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables

Continue to cook over medium heat as you begin to scramble the eggs and mix them with the vegetables. Scramble just until the eggs are set, then remove from the heat.

Finished Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

Transfer the vegetable egg scramble to a bowl and top with 6 sliced grape tomatoes, 1/4 cup hummus, 1/4 of an avocado (sliced), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Done! And sooooo tasty!

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Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

Happy New Year! My 31 Day Vegetarian Challenge officially starts today and I have to say, the first recipe I made for the challenge, Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls, is pretty killer. I chose a bowl meal for my first meal of the month because they’re just so easy and filling, they pack up great for leftovers, and they’re flexible enough to accommodate using leftover refrigerator ingredients. This particular bowl meal features my favorite sweet and spicy spice blend, creamy polenta, black beans, cheddar, avocado, green onion, and a tiny drizzle of tangy ranch dressing. The combo of sweet, spicy, and creamy in this bowl is absolutely to die for!

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

A Sweet and Spicy Tempeh bowl with a ranch drizzle, about to be eaten.

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is basically a block of fermented soy beans, but you can also find tempeh made with other beans and grains, which is great news for people with soy allergies. When it comes to vegetarian protein sources, tempeh is just as versatile as tofu, but has a much better texture (IMHO). Tempeh has a very slight nutty flavor and readily absorbs the flavors of any sauce or marinade it is cooked with, making it extremely versatile. The texture is similar to firm beans, but because they’re in block form you can slice and cut it into a variety of shapes. Want more info on Tempeh? Thekitchn.com has a great article about tempeh.

Is Tempeh Cost Effective?

At about $3 for this 8oz. block of organic tempeh, it’s about the same price as beef, so I do use it sparingly in my recipes. As with any other expensive ingredient, I’ve paired the tempeh with several other inexpensive and bulky ingredients, like polenta and black beans, to help balance the cost and keep the total price of the recipe down.

Doesn’t the Avocado Turn Black??

Haha, if I only had a dime for every time I get this question. 😂 I often add sliced avocado to my meal prep bowls and while they do turn slightly grey on the edges over the few days that they’re in the refrigerator, they don’t totally turn black. This color change is okay with me, since the avocado still tastes the same. If that does bother you, you can add the avocado fresh to the bowls each day (they hold their color best when not sliced and still attached to the skin and pit), or squeeze some lemon or lime juice over the slices.

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls are the perfect make-ahead vegetarian meal prep, with a medley of colors, textures, and bold flavors. 

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh

  • 8 oz. tempeh ($3.19)
  • 1/2 cup water ($0.00)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.05)
  • 1/ tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)

Polenta

  • 1 cup cornmeal ($0.24)
  • 3 cups water ($0.00)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.12)

Bowl Toppings

  • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed ($0.49)
  • 2 oz. shredded cheddar ($0.44)
  • 1 avocado, sliced ($0.49)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.20)
  • 4 Tbsp ranch dressing ($0.31)
  1. Cut the block of tempeh into 32 thin triangles. For the block I used, I first cut it into 8 equal-sized squares, then cut each square into two triangles, then cut the thickness of each triangle in half to make the pieces thinner. Add the tempeh triangles to a large non-stick skillet.

  2. Make the sweet and spicy marinade by combining the water, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, brown sugar, and olive oil. Pour this mixture over the tempeh in the skillet. Turn the skillet on to medium-high and simmer the tempeh, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the tempeh begins to brown just slightly (about 10 minutes). Remove the tempeh from the heat.

  3. To make the polenta, combine the cornmeal, salt, and water in a medium sauce pot. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring it up to a boil while whisking. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to simmer 2-3 minutes more, or until the polenta has thickened. Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in the butter.

  4. To build the bowls, start with 1 cup of the polenta, add 1/4 of the sweet and spicy tempeh triangles, 1/4 of the rinsed black beans, a pinch or two of shredded cheddar (about 1/2 oz.), 1/4 of the avocado, a sprinkle of green onions, and a light drizzle of ranch. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and reheat later.

Meal prepped Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls in round glass bowls

Step by Step Photos

Tempeh Package

If you’re unfamiliar with tempeh, this is what the brand I used looks like. This is the brand that I see most often in stores. It’s usually found in the refrigerated produce section, near tofu and other meat alternatives.

Cut Tempeh into Triangles

This photo shows the progression of how I cut the tempeh, from left to right. First cut the block in half, then in half again to make four rectangles. Cut the four rectangles in half horizontally to make eight squares, then cut each square diagonally to make two triangles. THEN, the most important part, turn each triangle on its side and slice it into two thinner triangles (that part isn’t shown in the photo above). You should have 32 triangles when finished.

Pour Sweet and Spicy Marinade over Tempeh

Place the tempeh in a large skillet (you probably want to use non-stick of some sort for this). Combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 Tbsp olive oil, then pour that mixture over the tempeh.

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh finished

Place the skillet over medium-high heat and let the tempeh simmer, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has evaporated and the tempeh just begins to brown slightly (about 10 minutes). Remove the tempeh from the heat.

Make Polenta

Next, make the polenta. Combine 1 cup cornmeal, 3 cups water, and 1/2 tsp salt in a medium sauce pot. Heat the mixture over medium-high while whisking until it begins to boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook and whisk until it thickens (another 2-3 minutes). Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in 2 Tbsp butter.

A prepared Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowl with ranch drizzle.

And then it’s time to build the bowls! Start with 1 cup cooked polenta, then top with 1/4 of the sweet and spicy tempeh, 1/4 of a sliced avocado, 1/4 of a can of black beans (rinsed), a pinch or two of shredded cheddar (about 1/2 oz.), a few sliced green onions, and a light drizzle of ranch. 

A Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowl being eaten, front view.

Dig in! I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to eating these Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls all week (or at least for the next few days until they’re gone).

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