Breakfast for dinner is a perfect simple dinner plan! What kid doesn’t like a backwards day with breakfast at dinnertime? For moms, breakfast items are usually faster since you can whip up a batch of pancakes in about 15 minutes. Or, you can do what my neighbor does – serve cereal with milk (grain, protein, and dairy) topped with fresh fruit. Offer carrot sticks with ranch dressing on the side for a vegetable serving.
Breakfast can be sweet or savory. If you need to fit in dinner before a sports practice, center your meal around protein for long-lasting energy. Otherwise, pair the sweet with protein to prevent the kids from asking for a snack in a hour after they burn off the sugar calories.
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Simple Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner
- Whip up a batch of homemade pancakes using whole wheat flour for the most protein. Add in blueberries or raspberries while the pancakes are cooking on the griddle.
- A batch of muffins takes about 5 minutes to mix and about 20 minutes to bake in the oven.
- Fill up mini pita pockets with peanut butter and jelly or leftover cooked veggies
- Roll up a tortilla filled with leftover cooked meat and veggies. For extra protein, add in a little cheese and heat the tortilla under the broiler until the cheese melts.
- A puffed pancake is made in 5 and baked in 20 minutes. Mix in fresh fruit for extra flavor.
- Turn white or brown rice into stovetop rice pudding.
- Cornmeal griddle cakes.
- Oatmeal pancakes.
- An English muffin can hold a poached egg and catch the delicious runny yoke.
- Use day old bread to make French toast.
- Cooked potatoes can become pan-fried potatoes.
- Make fried rice with leftover cooked rice and veggies.
- Add leftover cooked veggies to omelettes or quiche.
- Panfry mashed potatoes and serve with gravy.
- Oven roasted root vegetables with a basic cream or cheese sauce.
- Over ripe fruit can become smoothies. Make sure you add in milk, yogurt, almond milk, or coconut milk for liquid and protein.
- Fruit salad: banana, apple, oranges with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of almond slices
- Fruit juices
- Fruit purees mixed with yogurt
- Make a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg and an English muffin/biscuit. Add in protein like Canadian Bacon, sausage patty, or bacon.
- Granola on Yogurt
- Fruit parfait using fresh fruit, granola and yogurt
- Add cheese to an omelette or baked eggs.
- Sausage patties
- Canadian Bacon
- Salmon (yes, it’s fish, however, it’s easy to cook salmon and add it to your breakfast items)
- Hash: Cooked meat, cooked potatoes, chopped onion, worcestershire sauce, and milk mixed together and baked in a casserole dish at 350 for 30 minutes. Use less milk if you’re cooking on a griddle.
Stock the Freezer with Breakfast Items
Stocking the freezer with easy to prepare or premade breakfast items will help your dinner preparation go much faster. Having the following types of items on hand, and spend an hour or 2 each month restocking the freezer.
- English muffins
- Precooked Bacon
- Precooked sausage patties and links
- Fruit and vegetable smoothies
- Day old bread loaves (presliced for easy use)
- Bagels and mini bagels
- Pita pockets
- Coffee cake
- Quick breads: banana bread, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread
Stock the Pantry with Breakfast Items
Reserving cereal and a few other ready to eat breakfast items in your pantry for quick dinner preparation will help you on those nights when you need to make dinner in 5 minutes. While cereal can be expensive and full of sugar, you can save by making your own cereal and granola. I stick to organic cereal when I buy it at the store to reduce the GMOs and other unhealthy ingredients. While I’m not happy about serving my kids cereal, I’m also realistic about my time and schedule. Cereal can be a usual tool for busy moms.
- Organic cereal
- Homemade cereal
- Homemade granola
- Storebought granola
- Granola bars
- Quick oats (one minute to make)
- Regular oatmeal (5 minutes to make)
- Maple Syrup
- Apple Streusel Muffins
- Gluten-Free Banana Muffins
- Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Eggs en Cocotte
- Baked Egg Casserole
- Gluten-Free Pecan, Sunflower seed, and Chocolate chip Coconut Granola Bars
- Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
- Chocolate chip Dried Cranberry Coconut muffins (paleo, gluten-free)
- Oat Cookies
- Yogurt Pancakes with Frozen Blueberries
- Breakfast Potatoes
- Salad for Breakfast