Are we having that for dinner again? Whether that is what your kids are saying or what you are thinking, the same old dinner routine can be boring for everyone. I, too, get caught up the same old (aka easy way out) and end up making the same thing week-after-week. One way to mix-up the routine (with minimal effort) is to have breakfast-for-dinner.
Chicken, fish or pasta have become the staples around here. Not because I don'??t want to eat anything else but with a busy schedule it can be difficult to be creative, especially with dinner. This way you can have a comforting meal and still keep it simple with ingredients that you already have at home '?? think egg dishes, waffles or even a simple bowl of cereal. On top of making these easier and a little interesting having BFD is a novelty for children who can even pick their choices and even help out with the cooking. Here are some of my favorite breakfast-for-dinner recipes.
1. Egg Scramble: Not only are you and your family getting a good dose of protein and omega 3, eggs are so versatile to cook with and they go with pretty much go with any combination of ingredients. I recently made a scramble with tofu, cheese, beans, spinach and tomatoes that was a big breakfast for dinner success story. Modify the ingredients based on what your kids like and try a side salad or fruit salad to complete the meal.
3-5 eggs (depending on your family size)
½ cup of organic milk
¼ cup of frozen spinach
¼ cup of firm tofu
2/3 cup of black beans
½ of a tomato, chopped up
1 tablespoon of butter
2/3 cup of cheese (I used a cheddar oat cheese from Trader Joe's)
Mixed greens (optional)
Beat the eggs and milk together. Turn on flame and add some butter. When melted add the egg mixture, along with the tofu, black beans, cheese, tomatoes and spinach. Keep flame on low and watch over the mixture, beating it with a fork until it cooks. Serve with a salad.
2. Homemade Pancakes: After a long day enjoying a stack of homemade pancakes may be just what the doctor ordered. As with the egg scramble, base the pancake ingredients on what your families'?? preferences. For my recipe, I used fresh berries, whole-wheat flour and some ricotta cheese to up the fluff factor. If these cakes aren'??t enough, consider soy links or bacon as a side.
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Modified and Adapted from the Old Fashioned Homemade Pancake Recipe by My Wooden Spoon
'?¢ * 2 eggs
'?¢ 1 cup flour
'?¢ *2 cups of reduced-fat milk
'?¢ *3/4 cup of ricotta cheese
'?¢ * 2 cups of fresh fruit (I used blueberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
'?¢ 2 Tablespoons oil
'?¢ 1 Tablespoon sugar
'?¢ 3 teaspoons baking powder
'?¢ * 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
'?¢ * pinch of cinnamon
'?¢ 1/2 teaspoon salt
'?¢ 1 Tablespoon of butter
Mix the dry ingredients together and add the wet ingredients '?? adding more milk if you are seeking thinner pancakes. Add the lemon juice, ricotta cheese, and fresh fruit. Mix until smooth and to desired consistency. On a pancake griddle (or large frying pan), add approximately 1 tablespoon of butter. Turn on the flame on low and let melt. I used a measuring cup to scoop up the mix and place it on the griddle. The pancake can be turned over when it starts to bubble. Let cook on the other side and serve warm with your favorite topping (maple syrup, butter, sugar, or au natural).
3. Bagels: The ultimate on-the-run breakfast, bagels are a great BFD option since they are so easy to prep. Make a bagel bar with topping such as peanut butter, flax seeds, jelly, raisins, cream cheese, butter, lox '?? or whatever your family loves to eat. Have a side fruit salad or some carrots and celery to balance the meal.
Toppings: peanut butter, cream cheese, butter, jam or jelly,lox, capers, onions, raisins, flax seeds, nuts, etc -- whatever you family loves.
Other Breakfast for Dinner Options:
- Oatmeal with raisins, yogurt and flax seeds
- Bagel sandwich with eggs, avocados and cheese
- Whole-wheat waffles with fresh fruit
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.