Happy April, Seafoodies!
You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we’re not going to argue with that! A nutritious breakfast has been linked to important health benefits, like weight loss, kickstarting your metabolism and setting you up for making healthful food choices all day long. So, why not up those benefits by eating nutrient-rich seafood at your morning repast?
Seafood makes breakfast feel special and healthy without a lot of fuss. The April Meal Plan showcases shellfish dishes that are guaranteed to give you a delicious jump-start to the day. Hunting for some last-minute Easter brunch ideas? Read on!
Shellfish is particularly easy to incorporate into your favorite breakfast dishes, thanks to its mild flavor and slightly chewy texture. Packed with protein and other important nutrients, low-fat crab and shrimp can take the place of higher-fat meats in traditional morning fare. Or if you’re craving something more indulgent, lobster and scallops add an elegant touch to any brunch dish. As a bonus, we’re also including a few recipes that can be made with ready-to-eat shellfish, keeping morning prep time to a minimum.
For starters, there’s a tempting array of breakfast dishes for shrimp aficionados. Whether in a frittata or casserole, low-fat shrimp + eggs + vegetables = a satisfying start to the day! With 12 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, shrimp will help keep you feeling full without weighing you down. And here’s another winning combination: shrimp + grits + Instant Pot. It’s shrimply the best!
We’re also featuring some creative new twists on the classic Eggs Benedict. On the more indulgent end of the spectrum, there’s a special-occasion benny with bacon, buttermilk biscuits and an unexpected ingredient—pan-seared scallops! Or lighten things up with our own crab-based version, which delivers plenty of rich flavor from the healthy poached egg and mashed avocado. Trust us, it really works!
Lobster lovers, prepare to be blown away! Which will you try first: the luscious bacon and lobster omelet, or these over-the-top-good lobster BLT scrambled eggs? Both dishes are a snap to prepare, and they’re 30-minute recipes if you take a shortcut with pre-cooked lobster tails.
Consider these recipes our Top 10 excuses to get a little shellfish in the morning! With amazing seafood breakfasts like these, you’ll be well on your way to eating the two to three servings of seafood a week recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Go ahead and rev up your morning meal with these spring recipes.
Good health and breakfast bliss don’t have to be mutually exclusive! This skinnied-up power tower layers luscious crab, poached egg and creamy mashed avocado on a crisp, whole-grain foundation.
Breakfast Frittata Recipe: Shrimp & Broccoli
When you want a light but filling meal, pump up the volume! This recipe swaps in egg whites for some whole eggs and gives you a skillet full of low-fat shrimp and vegetables to deliver substantial portions without the extra calories.
Instant Pot Recipe: Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits
Is it the Old Bay aroma? The creamy grits? It must be the shrimp! There’s a certain something about this savory dish that summons an irresistible, low-country flavor profile and reminds us to have seafood for breakfast more often.
These make-ahead muffins get an ‘A’ for taste and extra credit for extreme portability! Offering an aromatic flavor blend and a powerful protein trio—cottage cheese, eggs and crabmeat—they are destined to become favorite compact meals on-the-go as well as the stars of your next brunch gathering.
Cheesy Shrimp Breakfast Casserole
It’s easy to be a morning person when there’s such a flavorful start to your day! Packed with shrimp, mushrooms and kale, this tasty casserole can be prepped the night before and popped in the oven when you wake up.
Scallops Benedict with Brown Butter Hollandaise
In this dish, pan-seared scallops boldly go into territory normally dominated by poached eggs, bolstered by homemade buttermilk-chive biscuits, crisp bacon bits and a generous drizzle of tangy Hollandaise for good measure. This decadent brunch recipe is both a feat of culinary engineering and a work of art.
Lobster ups the wow factor of any meal, and here it elevates a humble egg dish into something ethereal. This luscious omelet bakes in the oven much like a frittata and can be ready in only 20 minutes!
Another indulgent recipe that would be perfect for a holiday brunch! In these scrambled eggs, bacon and cream cheese provide a salty-creamy counterpoint to the sweet lobster. With the brilliant colors of spinach and tomato, this dish makes for a beautiful presentation.
From the golden-brown top to its crunchy panko crust, our crab-and-kale-filled squares are a no-brainer for breakfast, lunch or anytime you want a healthy treat. Top off with hot sauce for an extra kick!
A little bit lemony, a little bit peppery and a whole lot of yum! Brushed with a just a kiss of garlic butter, these simple skewers are proof that waistline-friendly meals can taste great, too.