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Thanksgiving breakfast food should be festive, but not a lot of fuss. After all, you want to save the big effort for Thanksgiving dinner. All of these recipes are easy, and most can be made a day or even weeks in advance (many can be frozen). That means more time spent with the family watching the parade, snuggling by the fire or getting a head start on dinner.

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1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Bran Muffins
Stephanie Gallagher
It's easy to see why pumpkin and cream cheese are such good friends when you taste these muffins. They're sweet and rich, almost like a pumpkin cheesecake, but wonderfully healthy, thanks to the added fiber from the bran cereal. These muffins are the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast to munch on while watching the parade.

2. Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

French Toast Casserole
Stephanie Gallagher
If you're looking for a special Thanksgiving breakfast recipe you can just pop in the oven in the morning, this overnight French toast casserole is it. You put together the casserole the day or night before, pop it in the fridge overnight, and bake it in the morning. Then you can enjoy the warm smells of the casserole baking as you watch the parade and get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

Check out the Overnight French Toast Casserole Video Recipe, too.

3. Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Smoothies Recipe
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This refreshing smoothie can serve as a great breakfast drink or even a light breakfast in and of itself on Thanksgiving morning. This smoothie goes well with scones and muffins, and the cranberry juice in the recipe even brings a little traditional flavor to this healthy breakfast drink.

4. Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
When I'm hosting out-of-town relatives for Thanksgiving, I like to make this casserole for breakfast. I can either make it the night before or on Thanksgiving day, and it's one of those meals in one dish that everybody seems to like.

Be sure to use sandwich bread for this breakfast casserole, though. A thicker Italian or French bread won't work as well.

5. Pumpkin Scones with Orange Icing

Pumpkin Scones
Stephanie Gallagher
I can't think of a better way to start Thanksgiving day than with these sweet and buttery pumpkin scones. The drizzle of orange icing adds just the right amount of citrus to play up the pumpkin flavor of these scones. And the flavor of these scones rivals that of any scones you would buy in a bakery or coffee shop.

Timesaving hint: Substitute 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in this recipe.

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6. Nutella Waffle Sandwiches

Waffle Sandwiches
Stephanie Gallagher
This isn't a make-ahead recipe, but it is perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast, because it's quick, easy and, most of all, a real treat. Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) is smeared over toasted whole grain waffles and topped with fresh raspberries or strawberries. I have never met a single person who doesn't love this recipe. My kids will eat this for breakfast, a snack, anytime.

7. Spinach Strata Recipe

Spinach Strata
Stephanie Gallagher
This is another make-ahead recipe that works great for Thanksgiving morning. I'm a big fan of spinach and bacon together, but if you're serving vegetarians, feel free to use sauteed mushrooms instead of the bacon. Day-old bread works best for this breakfast strata.

8. Peaches and Cream Oven Pancake Recipe

Peaches and Cream Dutch Oven Pancake
Stephanie Gallagher
Although you can't make this recipe in advance, it is ideal for holidays and special occasions. It looks impressive, and really, all you have to do is dump the ingredients in a blender, give it a whir and pour into a cast iron skillet. I like to top this oven pancake with a sweetened ricotta and cream cheese mixture and sliced peaches. At this time of year, your best bet is frozen peaches (and they're easier, too, since all of the peeling and slicing has been done for you).

9. Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Quiche Lorraine
Stephanie Gallagher
Quiche is perfect for holidays, because it tastes best when it is made in advance. You could make this recipe the day before Thanksgiving, or make it weeks in advance and freeze it. The combination of ham and cheese is a winning one.

10. Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Stephanie Gallagher
These apple cider doughnuts taste like fall in every bite. And because you don't have to fry them, there is little mess in making these doughnuts. You will need a donut pan (compare prices), however, to make this recipe.
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