25 Breakfast-For-Dinner Meals
Breakfast food for dinner can be a great way to mix up your meal plans and take your culinary creativity to the next level. Another perk? Breakfast is often cheaper than other meals. Here are 25 ways you can enjoy morning cuisine well into the night. (See also: Healthy, Cheap, and Quick Dinners)
Pancakes don't have to be solely breakfast fare. For a dinner twist, try adding savory toppings and add-ins, like spinach and cherry tomatoes.
Like pancakes, a crepe for dinner can bring out the creative side of a cook. Make a sweet or savory crepe and fill it with cheese, veggies, fruit compote, or chocolate. Your dinner guest will think it's tres chic!
4. Breakfast Potatoes
Why not try a side of breakfast potatoes instead of mashed potatoes when you're planning dinner? It can be healthier than traditional mashed potatoes and uses great spices like dill, rosemary, and oregano. (See also: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes)
I've always thought biscuits are great as snacks and for any meal, but this recipe takes the traditional breakfast biscuit to the next level! Mix with cheese, meat or even leftover gravy, and you'll have a biscuit that transcends mealtime labels.
6. Breakfast Casseroles
Breakfast casseroles incorporate classic early-in-the-day flavors like cheese, ham, potatoes, and bread, but there's no reason these aren't just as good in the evening.
This North African dish is a zingy twist on traditional poached eggs…and has enough sauce and veggies to eat for a respectable dinner. For younger diners, you may want amend the recipe and forego the poblano peppers and red pepper flakes.
8. Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are packed with all the nutrients you need, and they're just as convenient to eat for dinner. Raid your fridge for leftover items, scramble them with your eggs, and dinner is served.
9. Scrambled Eggs
Simple, cheap and tasty, scrambled eggs have been a primary part of my breakfasts for years. Make your scrambled eggs heartier by using bacon, avocado and cheese for a meal that's truly dinner-worthy. (See also: How to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs)
You can put practically anything in an omelet, which makes it an ideal meal, morning, noon, or night. My favorite omelet ingredients include feta cheese, spinach, and sundried tomatoes.
In Spain, "tortilla" refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that's eaten warm or cold any time of day. Try this red bell pepper version that's like a casserole in a pan.
12. Croque Madame
This traditional French favorite puts a breakfast spin on a ham sandwich by adding a soft- or hard-cooked egg on top.
13. Breakfast Sandwiches
Why not enjoy an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich for dinner?
Easier to perfect than an omelet (and often heartier!) the frittata is a great, cost-effective way to eat breakfast ingredients anytime. I like a good vegetable frittata with roasted peppers and mushrooms, but you can pretty much stuff it with anything you're in the mood for.
Made of potatoes and meat, hash won't empty your wallet or leave you feeling hungry. Try a traditional version or this healthy sweet potato hash recipe.
16. Smoked Fish
A breakfast and brunch mainstay, smoked fish can also be delightful as a dinner protein. Toss smoked fish in a salad or put in a sandwich with cream cheese for a yummy version of the breakfast favorite. (See also: Affordable, Sustainable Seafood Choices)
Bacon is great anytime, but probably needs a little dressing up if you're going to do it right for dinner. Take bacon and put it in your favorite salad or a BLT. You can also get a little more advanced and wrap a fish filet in bacon.
Usually light and sweet, you can definitely make yogurt great for dinner, too! Make a yogurt salad with pepper, avocado, cucumber, dill, and other veggies you have lying around for a light vegetarian dinner you won't soon forget!
Like a frittata but crustier, eating quiche for dinner will help you use your eggs and leftover produce and meat.
20. Tofu Scramble
This dish packs so much healthy protein, it should definitely not be confined to breakfast time. It doesn't have to be boring, either: throw in some vegan cheese, vegetables, and chili peppers to give your tofu scramble personality. This is a great, simple recipe from Babble.com if you're new to the making of a great tofu scramble.
21. Sausage Patties
Sausage patties are delicious and filling, so why not eat them for dinner? Pair sausage patties with pasta and a light wine sauce, and you've got a great meat dish that will wow.
22. Stuffed Peppers
Use yellow bell peppers as bowls for this morning/early afternoon dish that can include ingredients such as shredded hash browns, bacon, cheese, egg custard, and biscuit mix. Don't forget to eat the bowl, especially using this low-fat recipe.
23. Bread Pudding
A dessert or traditional English breakfast dish, Bread pudding can be made savory with a little ham and cheddar thrown into the mix. Try this delectable recipe from MyRecipes that gives a savory bread pudding a healthy twist.
24. Libanais Breakfast
This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is popular for breakfast, but can easily turn into an unforgettable dinner. The dish traditionally includes a boiled egg and three salads (tabbouleh, cucumber salad, and baba ghanoush) complemented with crisp pita toasts. This version features just one salad, making it easy to make.
A traditional Mexican breakfast, chilaquiles is a saute of day-old tortilla strips, fresh tomato sauce, cream, and cheese. This hearty version is baked and makes for a divine dinner, especially if you want to improvise and add some of your favorite veggies!
What's your favorite breakfast for dinner dish?