Better Breakfast: Healthy Recipes

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and eating it has many health benefits. Eating a regular morning meal helps control weight and can guide us towards eating healthier meals regularly throughout the day.

We’re thrilled to have chef and celiac coach Melissa Beene from Cozinha takeover our Instagram to show us, step-by-step, how to make healthy breakfast recipes using items sourced from Midtown Farmers Market. Check Instagram Story Highlights for a step-by-step video demo and below for the recipes.

Breakfast Burritos

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • ½ cup Mexican blended cheeses


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (my favorite, so sweet), halved
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (seed and remove ribs if you prefer mild peppers)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper

Place the bacon onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, bake @ 400 F for 15-20 minutes.

In a nonstick skillet, add and melt butter over medium heat. whisk eggs until thoroughly combined.

Add the eggs to the pan and stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the eggs are cooked through and hold together. Do not over scramble the eggs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the pico, in a large bowl combine and mix diced tomatoes, diced jalapeno, diced green onions, chopped cilantro, and a glug of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

On a warm tortilla, place scrambled eggs, bacon, grated cheese, and top with pico. Fold in the edges and roll from the bottom tightly.

Optional: Griddle the burrito in a nonstick pan set over medium heat for 1-2 minutes per side before serving to seal edges.

Cozinha’s Sunrise Breakfast Casserole

  • Butter or oil for baking dish
  • 1 pound ground sausage of your choice (I prefer spicy chicken or pork)
  • 1 cup chopped green & red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 bunch of fresh spinach, chopped (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups grated Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Oil or butter a 13 x 9 glass baking dish.

Sauté sausage in skillet over medium to high heat until caramelized and cooked through, breaking up into small pieces, about 10 minutes.

Add onions, peppers and sauté for 4 minutes.

Add chopped spinach, stir until water has evaporated.

Add 2 tablespoons parsley.

Spread sausage mixture into the prepared dish.

Whisk eggs, half-and-half, 1 cup cheese, salt, paprika, and pepper in large bowl and blend well.

Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture in the baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and 2 tablespoons parsley.

Bake until top of the casserole is golden brown and knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 30-45 minutes.

About Chef Melissa

Chef Melissa Beene is owner of Cozinha, a personal chef service offering in-home meals and celiac coaching.  Melissa began specializing in gluten-free meal prep soon after her twin daughters received celiac diagnosis. Below are two of Melissa’s favorite breakfast recipes.

Celiac Coaching

As a celiac coach, Melissa assists individuals and families as they transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. During a crash-course she’ll transform your kitchen into a celiac-safe prep space and comb through your pantry, fridge, and freezer identifying and removing unsafe foods. Melissa will accompany you to the grocery store offering you information and helpful tips on how to shop and identify hidden gluten offenders that often go overlooked. She’ll provide you with resources for the following everyday scenarios: restaurant dining, birthday parties, play dates, traveling, and guidance accessing school-related accommodations.

In-Home Meal Service

In-home meal service includes menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation in the client’s home. Together, the client and Melissa build a menu based on dietary restrictions and likes/dislikes. She arrives at the client’s home with groceries and her spice/oil kit to prepare fresh meals. Clients may request fresh service, which includes 3-5 entrees & sides for meals during the week or entrées-only service, a great option for those who prefer to have freezer meals on hand for dinners throughout the month.

Contact Chef Melissa

These recipes were sourced from our vendors MJM Farms, Happy Hen Farm, S&L Farm, Humbel Umble Farm, Cedar Rock Farm, and Rob’s Produce. There are infinite ways to shop and create a healthy breakfast at our farmers market! — Besides these healthy recipes you can pick up a gluten free breakfast from Fresh Levant…or homemade jam from Sugar & Spice  to dollop on top of your Michael’s English Muffin… or apples from Rob’s Fresh Produce paired with eggs and a side of sausage from MJM Farms. We’ve got you covered!