15-Minute Breakfast Scramble

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The 15-Minute Pasta Salad recipe idea was so popular that I thought I’d follow up with another quick, easy, step-by-step meal.


A good breakfast doesn’t have to be time-consuming.  In fact, this breakfast scramble takes just 15 minutes.  :) 


This scramble, which incorporates petite red potatoes, eggs, tofu, and spinach (+ spices) is one of my favorite savory breakfasts.  You can add hot sauce, too, if you’re looking for a little kick.


Here we go! 


Minute 1: Slice 1/5 block of tofu lengthwise and wrap in paper towel.  Put under something heavy, like a dish.



Minute 2: Chop potatoes into small pieces, place in microwavable boil, fill with water, and microwave for 5 minutes.


Minute 3:  Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in wok and heat to very high.

Minute 3.5: In small bowl, beat two eggs, salt, chili powder, and pepper.

Minute 4: Chop spinach in small pieces.

Minute 4.5:  Unwrap tofu and chop into small pieces.


Minute 7: Drain potatoes and add to hot wok.  Stir once to thoroughly coat in oil and then let brown on each side, stirring only occasionally.

Minute 11:  Scoot potatoes over to one side of the wok and add tofu crumbles to the other.


Minute 12:  Thoroughly stir potatoes and tofu crumbles together.

Minute 12.5: Stir mix again and drop temperature down to medium.  Add eggs with spices.  Add spinach.  Stir thoroughly.

Minute 13 – 15:  Let cook on medium for another 3 minutes, plate, salt, and serve.


The result:  a very simple, wholesome, and non-eggy scramble.  I prefer to let the other ingredients compete with the eggs for flavor, not be overwhelmed by all egg.  If you’re more into egg, you could also add another or reduce the  potatoes.


15 minutes isn’t so bad for a Monday, either!


15-Minute Breakfast Scramble


Ingredients (for 1):


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/5 block of extra firm tofu
  • 5 petite red potatoes
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • Generous amounts of salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tablespoon chili powder
  • Olive oil
  • Cooking spray (if necessary – my wok is really sticky)




  • Slice 1/5 block of tofu lengthwise and wrap in paper towel.  Put under something heavy, like a dish.
  • Chop potatoes into small pieces, place in microwavable boil, fill with water, and microwave for 5 minutes.
  • Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in wok and heat to very high.
  • In small bowl, beat two eggs, salt, chili powder, and pepper.
  • Chop spinach in small pieces.  Unwrap tofu and chop into small pieces.
  • Drain potatoes and add to hot wok.  Stir once to thoroughly coat in oil and then let brown on each side, stirring only occasionally.
  • Scoot potatoes over to one side of the wok and add tofu crumbles to the other.  Thoroughly stir potatoes and tofu crumbles together.
  • Stir mix again and drop temperature down to medium.  Add eggs with spices.  Add spinach.  Stir thoroughly.
  • Let cook on medium for another 3 minutes, plate, salt, and serve.


What is your favorite 10 – 15 minute breakfast?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 15, 2010, 10:25 am

    Yum! I love egg scrambles, but during the week I eat at my desk so I only really have eggs on the weekends. I love making sweet potato hash and eggs and if I microwave the sweet potatoes before throwing them into the pan with oil, it takes less than 15 minutes and it SO delicious!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 15, 2010, 10:26 am

    I love eggs, so I’d reduce the amount of tofu and potatoes 🙂

    My favorite quick breakfast is PBJ toast or oatmeal w/fruit!

  • Tab - Just Weighing In November 15, 2010, 10:31 am

    what a fantastic idea! Bookmarking this for future reference.

    I like too fix oatmeal, that’s about as lengthy as I usually do. But it takes some time to cut up the fruit and mix the nuts in with it. 🙂

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 15, 2010, 10:31 am

    Mmmm…this looks like a really good winter (“stick to your ribs”) type of breakfast! I love spinach in a scramble and I was reading that when spinach is cooked your body actually will absorb more of the vitamins/nutrients!

  • Nicole November 15, 2010, 10:37 am

    My new favorite 10-15 minute breakfast will be stopping at the HTP house on my way to work 😀

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 15, 2010, 10:37 am

    Oatmeal is my go to perfect breakfast, but omelets are my second for sure! You are right, they are so easy and quick! This looks perfect!!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 15, 2010, 10:37 am

    Oh my, this sounds SO good! I’m not vegetarian but I’m on a big tofu kick right now, and would love the egg-greens-tofu combo! What a healthy meal! 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 15, 2010, 10:38 am

    This looks so good. I eat potatoes so rarely that when I do, it’s like a food party!! Tasty treats, and simple pleasures.

  • Little Bookworm November 15, 2010, 10:38 am

    Interesting sounding recipe – bookmarked it. 🙂 Favourite 10-15 minute breakfast – porridge or pancakes I think.

  • sarah November 15, 2010, 10:39 am

    this is going to be dinner tonight with sweet potatoes since it is what I have on-hand! 😛

  • Jenny November 15, 2010, 10:39 am

    Cereal with banana! Well, I guess that’s basically a 2 minute breakfast haha…

  • Ella November 15, 2010, 10:42 am

    that looks absolutely delicious! i feel like most of my breakfasts don’t take more than fifteen minutes, like oatmeal or omelettes or anything are usually pretty quick. when i’m in a rush i love honey nut cheerios, pb and banana, or grabbing an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from the caf (greasy and deliciouss)

  • Kelly November 15, 2010, 10:42 am

    Just a plain old bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwich!

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 15, 2010, 10:42 am

    When we have good, stale bread in the house – French toast! I usually make oatmeal or a smoothie, but when I’m craving something a bit heftier, I go for French toast with banana. It’s especially good with raisin bread.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 15, 2010, 10:44 am

    I prefer 2 minute breakfasts. I wake up far to late to be able to devote 10 minutes to cooking in the AM. Then, of course, there’s the clean-up.

    10-15 minute breakfasts are reserved for the weekends.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 15, 2010, 10:48 am

    I love tofu scrambles!! Never made one myself though. Favorite quick breakfast is always cereal. I’m an addict!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green November 15, 2010, 10:49 am

    that looks really tasty! I’ve never tried cooking tofu that way, but I’m going to now!

  • Katie November 15, 2010, 10:50 am

    I’m not a breakfast person so everything is less than 10 min for me! Just some toast and coffee.

    I am curious how much tofu you guys go through in a week as vegetarians? I love tofu but never buy it because no one else will eat it with me.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:54 am

      The Husband does not like to eat tofu very much so we only go through a block or maybe two a week.

  • Wei-Wei November 15, 2010, 10:51 am

    Mmmm! I don’t like potatoes (sorry! I think the varieties here are just bland) so I don’t know what I’d substitute that for… maybe some kind of grain?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:54 am

      yes or maybe a squash?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 15, 2010, 10:52 am

    I’m not usually one for savory breakfasts but that sounds good!

  • Nicole, RD November 15, 2010, 10:55 am

    That looks sooo good! I know what I’m making for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Jessica November 15, 2010, 11:00 am

    I need to get back to my eggs and veggie breakfasts. The stay with ya till lunch and taste so good. Lately my sweet tooth has been winning in the morning and I make quick oatmeal pancakes with sunbutter and honey.

  • Leah November 15, 2010, 11:01 am

    I never think to do potatoes because they take so long to cook. Microwave! Duh!

    PS – You really shouldn’t use olive oil on high heat. It breaks it down and releases carcinogens and loses all health benefits. It’s best for medium/low heat.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 11:05 am

      Do you know what kind of oil you should use? Interesting!!

    • emily November 15, 2010, 12:27 pm

      That is technically not quite correct – evoo is not recommended for high heat cooking because of its low smoke point, but it does not actually become harmful.

      Sorry I don’t have a source for you (in a hurry) but the ADA’s website has a good search feature; eatright.org

      • Reenie November 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

        I’ve always heard Peanut Oil to use in the wok.

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 15, 2010, 11:03 am

    Excuse me while I add this to my favorites, under the appropriate title morning slump inspiration 🙂

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 15, 2010, 11:06 am

    THat looks absolutely amazing! I love step by step recipes…thank you!! I love waffles like they are going extinct!

  • mel November 15, 2010, 11:11 am

    Hey Caitlin! My hus eats mainly veggie and I’d love to see a typical day for your hubby’s eats. My hubs is 6’3 and 200 lbs and doesn’t want to lose muscle but since I’m a veggie, I usually only cook veggie at home and wanted some ideas. thank you

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 11:22 am

      I’ve tried so hard to get him to photograph a day’s eats but we can never make it work for some reason! He eats pretty much like me but no dairy + about 1.5 times as much. He also has a Green Monster with protein powder and peanut butter every day!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) November 15, 2010, 11:21 am

    Egg scrambles are the best for quick breakfasts- and smart thinking by microwaving the potatoes first!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 15, 2010, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the step-by-step! That looks really good. When I feel like spending 15 minutes preparing breakfast, I usually make french toast. That’s my “special” breakfast for days that call for TLC in the morning!

  • JenATX November 15, 2010, 11:26 am

    I bet if I prepared all the ingredients on a Sunday night (besides the eggs) I could cut this down to five minutes in the morning.. the potatoes are a yummy addition.
    My other quick breakfasts include an egg, cheese, & avocado breakfast taco..mmmmm

  • Ali November 15, 2010, 11:33 am

    This looks delicious! I cannot wait to try it!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 15, 2010, 11:41 am

    Rachel Ray has nothing on you!

  • Carrie H November 15, 2010, 11:46 am

    Looks like a yummy breakfast, but I think if I eat another potato I might turn into one … I sent my husband grocery shopping and he came back without a single green vegetable and a HUGE bag of white potatoes, lol.

    I was reading up about your weekend and saw that your knee is bugging you in a different way than before … I’m sure you’ve got it under control (and probably know all this already, ha ha), but it sounds kind of like IT band issues, which I had after running a marathon and my lack of adequate stretching, over pronation and a weak ankle/knee to begin with.

    I had severe and acute pain in the outer portion of my right kneecap after I ran a marathon in May, and let it sit thinking it’d get better on its own until August, when I finally got a diagnosis. Fast forward through six weeks of intense physical therapy, no running at all, tons of foam rolling, weight training and several doctors, and today I’m FINALLY getting back into regular running, but no more than five miles at a time.

    To my understanding (from several doctors’ explanations) the deal with IT band issues is that it can seem to be a knee problem, but it is really the muscle in your outer thigh and butt seizing and pulling your knee cap out of place, thus, the pain in the knee …

    I guess what I’m saying is, if it is IT band issues, tackle them right now instead of waiting, like I did. Let’s just say I went trough several months of depression and sobbing fits before I got used to lower levels of running, and learned AGAIN to accept myself as I am! Good luck, I hope it isn’t this and is something minor. (Also, I think IT band stuff can be easier for some people to get over than it has been for me …)

    (Also, sorry for the novel, lol.)

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 5:50 pm

      I am foam rolling NOWWWW.

  • Leanne {The Energetic Mommy} November 15, 2010, 11:51 am

    Simple, quick, and looks delish! I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 15, 2010, 11:57 am

    This looks great. 15 minutes is still too long for me in the morning (I KNOW–but I need every second of sleep) but it’s something I’d make on the weekend. And then I’d top it with a half ton of green pepper sauce.

  • tina November 15, 2010, 12:25 pm

    hey, did you find a black bean burger recipe yet? i have made a bunch of different ones, my most recent being this one:


    but let me know if you are looking for just a straight up black bean burger one, i can email it to you, i make them all the time! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 5:49 pm

      that looks very good!!! i love SP and black beans together.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 15, 2010, 12:26 pm

    This looks delish! I don’t care for regualr potatoes, but would sub in sweet potatoes or a squash vsriety. Or just some avodaco.

    My favorite 10-15 min breakast is a Mexican-style scramble – eggs, cumin, red pepper flakes, S&P, avocado, and oaxaca cheese topped with lots of cilantro and salsa.

  • Charlie November 15, 2010, 12:28 pm

    My favorite 15 minute breakfasts… smoothies & rice porridge come to my mind :).

  • Chelsea November 15, 2010, 12:29 pm

    YUM! this is going on my list for next weeks dinner menu :)-(i like breakfast for dinner)

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 15, 2010, 12:59 pm

    That looks super delicious – I’m not big on savory breakfasts, but I love savory breakfast for DINNER! Yum!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous November 15, 2010, 1:02 pm

    This looks so good! Anything with eggs is a winner in my book 🙂 A scramble with eggs, black beans, onions and tomatoes is probably my fave.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged November 15, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I’m all about the breakfast scrambles too! For a quick breakfast I love a bagel with cream cheese, spinach, mushrooms, and tomato.

  • Paige November 15, 2010, 1:13 pm

    I have drippy two eggs on sprouted bread toast every morning. If I’m especially hungry, I’ll add some avocado. Simple, savory, and delicious!

  • Kacy November 15, 2010, 1:49 pm

    YUM! I have never thought to add tofu to eggs, but that is genius!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam November 15, 2010, 1:57 pm

    For some reason, I only crave eggs for lunch. I’m always craving SWEET for breakfast rather than savory. My favorite quickie breakfast is an ezekiel english muffin topped with almond butter, pumpkin butter and sliced banana. Never fails me and it’s SOOO good.

  • Kace November 15, 2010, 4:50 pm

    Toasted whole wheat english muffin, tj’s pb, and a sliced banana…. perfection!

  • Laurie November 15, 2010, 5:47 pm

    OMG- I thought my 7 minute Steel Oats was labor intensive for bkfst. You are a kitchen Queen.
    By the way, the other day my daughter’s group did their 5k practice run. I was at the water station passing out goodies for mile 1 and mile 2. They got pink GOTR bracelets and I thought about you!

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 5:49 pm

      awww so cute!

  • Cher November 15, 2010, 6:32 pm

    It is so smart to microwave potatoes first! I can’t wait to try this way.
    The breakfast scramble looks delish.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2010, 7:05 pm

    I never have eggs for breakfast because I have such a sweet tooth first thing in the morning. This would make an awesome weekend lunch though!

    My favourite quick breakfast is a yogurt mess.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 15, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Scrambles are the best!! Although I usually see to have them for lunch..but delicious none the less 😉

  • Monica November 15, 2010, 11:46 pm

    So agree on the competing flavors with eggs, especially scrambled eggs! I love to add items that really add a lot of different flavors to the mix.

    Favorite quick breakfast is an egg hodgepodge where I throw a bunch of leftover veggies in the pan to sauté them and then add 2 eggs that have been beaten in a bowl while the vegetables cook. So yummy, but quick and simple. Plus, I feel like I can cross something off my list for the day when starting the morning with so many veggies.

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