My mother loved eating breakfast for dinner. She liked the simplicity of omelets opens in a new tab, frittatas opens in a new tab and scrambled eggs opens in a new tab, but her all-time favorite was a boiled or poached egg opens in a new tab served on a slice of rye toast with a drizzle of flaxseed oil. She would also add fresh fruit or sliced radishes. She would love this simple Heart-Shaped Egg-In-Hole. opens in a new tab
Eating breakfast for dinner is an ideal way to enjoy breakfast foods if you are not a morning breakfast eater. It can also be quick to prepare. If you choose your foods wisely, eating breakfast for dinner can be more economical and lower in calories than a typical dinner — and still nutritious. Here are some fun and satisfying ideas:
Eggs are the perfect breakfast-for-dinner food. They can be hard or soft boiled, scrambled or fried, or turned into a variety of omelets or frittatas such as Ham, Mushroom and Fontina Frittata opens in a new tab and Butternut Frittata with Sage and Gruyère opens in a new tab. Simply add a leafy green salad, fresh fruit or seasonal vegetables and a slice of whole grain toast or a muffin to round out the meal. Other great egg recipes include Mushroom and Spinach Breakfast Puffs opens in a new tab and Southern-Style Eggs with Grits and Collard Greens opens in a new tab.
Tofu is a versatile vegan egg substitute that provides plant protein. Try it scrambled with vegetables such as mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, or try our delicious Veggie and Tofu Scramble opens in a new tab and Tofu Breakfast Tacos opens in a new tab recipes.
Whole grain baked goods such as quick breads, muffins, biscuits and scones are scrumptious. Try Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins opens in a new tab or Bacon, Walnut and Thyme Scones opens in a new tab. Serve with eggs, tofu, tempeh “bacon” strips or chicken sausage, Canadian or turkey bacon or a simple fresh fruit salad.
Hot cooked amaranth, millet, oatmeal and grits with roasted nuts and dried fruit is a personal favorite. Apple-Scented Breakfast Oatmeal and Buckwheat opens in a new tab is sweetened with apple juice and spiced with a cinnamon stick.
If you’re busy all day, slow-cooker options like our Savory Slow-Cooker Granola opens in a new tab are ideal, allowing you to come home to a fragrant kitchen, ready to dig-in. Other options include Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon French Toast opens in a new tab and Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole opens in a new tab. If desired, add fresh fruit or a seasonal beverage such as this Apple Pie Smoothie opens in a new tab.
Delicious Pumpkin Dutch Baby Pancakes opens in a new tab and Whole Wheat German Pancake with Pears opens in a new tab are filling and hearty. If you’re a waffle-lover, you’ll want to try our Whole Grain Apple Waffles opens in a new tab.
Whole grain, low sugar varieties of cold cereal, served with fruit is another better-for-you option. Granola fans will enjoy Whole Grain Pumpkin Seed Granola opens in a new tab and Almond Nutmeg Granola opens in a new tab.
Do you eat breakfast at dinner? Got a favorite recipe or a great idea? Let me know.