I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Seriously, there are times I fall asleep dreaming about the yumminess I’m going to eat in the morning. In fact, I love breakfast so much that I make it for my family twice in the same day – and sometimes multiple times a week. That’s right…breakfast doesn’t have to be enjoyed only in the morning, you can have it for dinner, too! Plus, hectic mornings can make it tough to fully revel in the gloriousness that is breakfast, so making typical AM meals for dinner allows more time to savor the flavor.
Breakfast for dinner, or “brinner” as some like to call it, is an enjoyable way to eat your favorite breakfast foods at an unconventional time (who made these rules anyway?). With so many delicious options from frittatas to pancakes and burritos to Benedicts, BFD can be both tasty and nutritious. Here are a few simple and satisfying ways to make breakfast for dinner happen tonight!
- What’s-in-the-Fridge Omelets and Frittatas. Take leftover veggies and stuff them into an omelet or whip up a frittata. Serve with whole grain toast and fruit and you’ll have a delicious dinner on the table in a flash.
- Protein Pancakes. Whip up a batch of protein-rich pancakes by adding cottage cheese or Greek yogurt to the batter. Top with fresh fruit or warm frozen fruit for a simple topping and a hit of natural sweetness.
- Breakfast Pizza. Combine the #putaneggonit craze with pizza and you have heaven on a plate. Whether you’re repurposing leftover ‘za or building your own, add an egg and bake it up for an extra shot of protein. Plus, a gorgeously runny egg yolk makes everything taste that much better.
- Baked Eggs. Add a flavorful tomato sauce (like in a shakshuka) or hummus and leftover veggies to ramekins and crack an egg in each, then bake. You can even skip the cleanup by baking eggs in a partially scooped out avocado instead.
- Breakfast Casseroles. For an all-in-one meal, breakfast casseroles are an easy go-to. Not mention, you can prep them ahead of time and keep refrigerated until it’s time to pop in the oven.
- Breakfast Burritos and Tacos. Stuff corn or whole grain tortillas with your favorite veggies, drained and rinsed canned beans, plus scrambled eggs and salsa for a hearty meal. Feel free to use up leftovers in your fridge for tasty add-ins.
- Waffles. Whether you’re using a whole grain toaster variety or mixing up your own batter for the waffle iron, waffles are the perfect candidate for BFD. Add peanut butter or Greek yogurt and fruit for a sweet option. Or, if you’re looking to go savory, top with eggs and herbs, or use potatoes or chickpeas in your batter.
Give breakfast for dinner a try this week because no matter how you swing it, BFD is a winner! Here are some scrumptious recipes to get you started: