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Breakfast Ideas for Dinner

Updated on August 19, 2008

We just had dinner, but we didn't eat your typical dinner meal. We had breakfast for dinner. It was a big hit, as it always is around here. I find it hard to make a big breakfast at breakfast time and we frequently rely on muffins, quick breads (made the night before) and cereal when it comes to the first meal of the day. But oh how we love to eat pancakes, French toast, grits, and other yummy and more time consuming foods. So I have solved this problem by serving breakfast for dinner once every week or so.

Dinner is usually the most expensive meal of the day and the most time consuming to make. A big breakfast is time consuming when everyone is rushing to get out the door in the morning and when there are cranky, hungry kids wanting to eat now. Breakfast for dinner becomes faster than a regular dinner, so it is a win-win for everyone.

We almost never have the same breakfast for dinner in a month time period. Some of the meals that we do enjoy are pancakes with sausage, French toast with bacon, scrambled eggs and toast, cheese grits and sausage, breakfast burritos, sausage biscuits and gravy with fried potatoes or scrambled eggs, and toast, bacon and yogurt.

Now before you say what about the veggies, I always serve a plate of fresh veggies when we have breakfast for dinner. For instance tonight I made french toast, sausage links and a plate of cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks. Other times we will have a salad, or cucumbers, celery, radishes and/or broccoli. Cantaloupe and strawberries go well with most breakfast items as well. If you decide to make an omelet, then throwing some vegetables in there will cover all your bases.

For the most part the ingredients needed to cook breakfast are much cheaper than those needed to make dinner. Eggs, bread, flour, milk, etc are just cheaper than a chicken breast or pork chop for each person. I do tend to serve bacon or sausage links when we have breakfast for dinner, but I purchase these things on sale with coupons and the cost ends up being very low still compared to dinner. Of course no meat is needed though and it would certainly be cheaper with out it.

If you are in a dinner rut, don't have time to cook a big meal or are looking to save money on your grocery bill serving breakfast for dinner is a great way to fix all of those problems. Hopefully now you have some good ideas to get you started.

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      GaryM 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Jennifer - if only we could get burritos in the UK! if you're visiting us and want to try some real heartstopper material, then it's worth tracking down the best greasy spoons in England, otherwise known as cafes in Brighton. A different (though not necessarily better) kettle of fish to what you would find in Alabama.

      Any chance by the way you could post a good burrito recipe for an Englishman?

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      GaryM 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Jennifer - if only we could get burritos in the UK! if you're visiting us and want to try some real heartstopper material, then it's worth tracking down the best greasy spoons in England, otherwise known as <a href="http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/brighton-and-hove... in Birmingham</a>. A different (though not necessarily better) kettle of fish to what you would find in Alabama.

      Any chance by the way you could post a good burrito recipe for an Englishman?

      http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/brighton-and-hove... http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/brighton-and-hove... http://www.welovelocal.com/en/se/brighton-and-hove...

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      nanniereese 

      9 years ago

      Give me Breakfast anytime....love it..love it!

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      Juliet Christie Murray 

      9 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      That is a very interesting way of having your breakfast. I run out ver early in the mrnings i don't find time for a proper breakfast I must try your idea.

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Breakfast is my favorite meal so I don't mind breakfast for dinner. Thanks for sharing. Oh your hub sounds soooo yummy.

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      proudgrandpa 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hello Jennifer,

      I want you to remember I have first dibs on being adopted into your family. Of course I will have to shed a few pounds first.

      I just got a new recipe from a lady at our gym for Oatmeal pancakes. She is very healthy minded and she brings them with her for snacks. They are scrumpdelicious.

      Thanks for making me hungry, once again. NEIL

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      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      We often have an omlette for supper and sometimes, pancakes.

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