Ah, breakfast for dinner. I love it because it’s easy. My kids love it because, well, breakfast for dinner. My husband, however, hates when he sees those three words on our weekly menu because he assumes that breakfast for dinner means plain pancakes and cereal. I admit that sometimes that is what it means, but not always.
There are all kinds of breakfast recipes that keep it simple, are packed with protein and veggies, and are downright delectable. Plus, many breakfast dishes make it easy to use up leftovers and random ingredients that would otherwise go bad in the fridge. These breakfast for dinner recipes give you all the convenience and fun of those plain pancakes, while giving dinner a nutritional run for its money—making everyone, even my husband, happy.
Top: Baked Breakfast Potatoes with Eggs | Culinary Ginger
This recipe for Vegetarian Chili Tot Breakfast Bowls at Peas and Crayons is a genius way to serve breakfast for dinner. It’s a hearty meal that uses up any leftover chili (or meat sauce or beans) you may have tucked in the fridge. You can even use rinsed and drained canned black beans in a pinch. Plus, frozen tater tots give you that hash brown flavor without the work. Simple and delish.
These Baked Breakfast Potatoes with Eggs at Culinary Ginger (above & top) take potatoes—and, really, any combination of root veggies—to a whole new level. Using leftover or frozen potatoes is the easiest way to go. Otherwise, yes, you’ll have to put some time into chopping. After that, though, this meal comes together one, two, three. Just top with eggs and cook. And if you ask me, this dish is begging for additional chopped up leftover veggies.
This Shakshuka, an Israeli baked egg dish, at Cafe Delites is decidedly dinner worthy. Not only is it pretty and tasty, it’s a also a great way to use up leftover tomato sauce, which always seems to be sitting in my fridge. Plus, you can easily add chopped veggies and top with crumbled feta cheese to give this a nutritional boost without extra work.
Quiche is probably my favorite breakfast for dinner option. Keep a store bought pie crust in the freezer and dinner is always easy to throw together. Just whisk eggs with whatever ingredients you have on hand and you’re done! This Ham and Asparagus Quiche at Karen’s Kitchen Stories is a perfect example of a great breakfast for dinner quiche that’s next on my hit list.
I always have ground beef in the freezer, but never remember to pick up hamburger buns at the market. That’s no longer a problem with this recipe for Breakfast Burgers at Ari’s Menu—you can use waffles instead! Though this is more of a breakfast-dinner hybrid than breakfast for dinner, I guarantee it will score big points with the kids.
Breakfast sandwiches are another great dinner option that fill you up and can be customized based on whatever ingredients you have on hand. These Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches at Belly Full look especially delicious, and it’s not just because they use hard boiled eggs, which I always have waiting in the fridge. But, yea, less cooking helps.