All of us have memories intrinsically tied to food. Let’s be honest—that’s one of the great pleasures of food. For many, flavors can transcend time and space. They can transport our minds to a specific life event, remind us of a cherished loved one, or pick us up when we’re down. Everyone can relate to that, right? For instance, when I think about chicken and dumplings, my mind takes me back to my Granny’s house. I’d be in a recliner downing Coca-Colas like it was my job while my Granny was in the kitchen making the most melt-in-your-mouth dumplings known to man. To this day, thirteen years after her passing, I cannot think of dumplings and not think about my Granny. And it brings a smile to my face every single time.
With that in mind, maybe we can take the lemon 2020 has been and use it to make lemonade. And by that I mean, why not create some food-based memories for you and your family? Serve up some meals that are going to create unique, long-lasting memories.
And what better way to make dinner memorable than by switching it up with breakfast? After all, in a year where cooking nightly at home has become the norm and the months run together like days, it’s worth creating a food experience that’s going to stand out in everyone’s mind. We (and by that I mean you) could probably use it.
So we scoured our Cooking Light Diet meal plans to find the tastiest, fastest, most unique breakfast recipes. Whether you’re whipping these up for the kids after school or celebrating a special occasion at home, these meals are sure to create some special moments at your dinner table. And like the Eggs Benedict pictured above, these recipes promise to be filling and fun.
If you’re already a Cooking Light Diet member, you can easily add your preferred “brinner” (or breakfast for dinner) recipe to your My Cookbook tool and then whatever night you’re serving that recipe, select Dine Out on your Plan page and just make the breakfast. If you’re not a Cooking Light Diet member, subscribe to the service today and start receiving customizable meal plans featuring these and hundreds of other great breakfast recipes.
Without further fanfare, we humbly present these exciting breakfast for dinner recipes.
Sweet and Spicy Corn Cakes
Pretty much everyone appreciates pancakes, so why not use them as an opportunity to educate about cultural cuisines? These Spanish chorizo corn cakes pack a little heat courtesy of chorizo, jalapeño, and a kicky maple syrup. This brinner will undoubtedly be requested again by any of your spice-loving progeny.
Make toast for dinner, but make it fancy by slathering it with heart-healthy avocado, egg, and tahini. Bonus educational option: Teach your kids about tahini (essentially sesame paste) while watching Sesame Street together. Your older kids may not be as amenable to this lesson, though.
Breakfast Bowl with Tomato, Avocado, and Egg
This recipe already feels more like dinner, what with its leafy greens, panko-crusted tomatoes, and bacon. Mmm…bacon.
Smoky Egg and Cheese Tostada
This is a superfast option. If the kids enjoy tacos, they’re really going to love these cheesy tostadas.
Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
Ah, the consummate breakfast-for-dinner sandwich. Where else are you going to find a sammie featuring both sausage and gravy that’s under 350 calories? (That question was rhetorical.)
Rich Dark Chocolate Smoothie
This is a breakfast your kids will love, because it’s technically dessert for dinner. Serve this recipe up when you’re in a time crunch since it only takes about 5 minutes to prep.
Blueberry-Sour Cream Muffins
Single-handedly the greatest blueberry muffin recipe ever thought into existence, this recipe is one your kids will ask for again and again. Plus, you can easily bake a double batch and freeze the extras for future dinners or breakfasts.
Bulgur Bowl with Apples, Almond Butter, and Goat Cheese
Branch out! Whole grains, fruit, and tangy goat cheese make for a dinner recipe you (and the kids) have never had before. But rest assured you’ll want to make it again.
Steel Cut Oats with Warm Berry Compote
If you’re raising a berry lover, we 100% recommend combining their appetite for berries with 41g of whole grains per serving. Keep ’em regular, ya know?
This is a sneaky, sweet way to introduce the household to the wonders of silken tofu. Sell it to the fam as dessert for dinner, and maybe just don’t mention the tofu part until later.
Broccoli-and-Bacon Muffin-Tin Frittatas
This recipe is cheesy, healthy (note the broccoli), ridiculously easy to make, and freezes well. Plus, it’ll give the kids an excuse to run around the house yelling “Hakuna frittata!” What a wonderful phrase.
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