Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner!

 

Every once in a while my mom would surprise us with breakfast for dinner.  My sister thought it was a “rip off.”  I loved the powdered sugar, syrup, applesauce, and peanut butter fixings that my mom set out for us.  Sometimes the dinner would be standard pancakes or waffles.  Other times it would be savory cornbread or muffins supplemented with breakfast sausage and fruit.  As an adult, I rely on breakfast for dinner when I want to shake up the routine a little bit or I’m short on time or ideas.

 

Breakfast can be inexpensive to prepare.  That is one reason it usually costs less to go out for breakfast than for other meals. That is good news in these economic times. Plus if you are looking for a few extra minutes in the evening, many breakfast meals can be prepared in a flash.  For other quick cooking ideas, check out www.dinnersinaflash.com. 

 

Scrambled eggs are an example of a healthy, versatile dinner choice.  Whether you use whole eggs or mostly egg whites, eggs mixed with Greek influences such as olives, feta, sundried tomatoes, and spinach make a great dinner.  Some might not even recognize its breakfast beginnings.  My husband tries not to go a meal without meat and potatoes so his scrambles will include diced red potatoes, sausage, and jalapenos. With a stocked pantry, a scramble can be made at the last minute with minimal effort.

 

Another favorite “breakfast for dinner” meal is an egg based meal called Dutch Babies. Savory ingredients can be sautéed and stirred into the mix, cooked on the bottom of the dish much like a pineapple upside down cake, or spooned over the top. For dinner, add ingredients such as salmon, celery, onion, and tomatoes to the basic Dutch Baby recipe.  A neat thing about the Dutch Baby recipe is that you can combine all of the dry ingredients ahead of time. Use powdered milk in the mix.  Store mix in a sealable baggie.  Write what ingredients need to be added on the baggy.  Then just add eggs and water and cook! We use this as an RVing staple because it uses so few dishes and is fast and delicious.

 

If you are stuck in rut of traditional thinking, be adventurous. Try one of the following recipes for dinner.  It is a painless way to introduce a vegetarian meal to the family which will benefit your health and the environment.

 

Basic Dutch Babies

4 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

Pinch salt

2 tablespoon butter

Powdered sugar to serve

Applesauce to serve

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in oven in pie plate or ovenproof skillet (10 inch well seasoned cast iron is my favorite). Mix remaining ingredients with mixer until no lumps exist. Pour batter into hot pan. Bake for 20 minutes until eggs are puffy and golden on top. Serve.

 

Apple Dutch Babies

2 cups apples, pealed and diced

2 tablespoons butter

4 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sauté apples in butter in 10 inch ovenproof skillet. Meanwhile mix eggs, milk, flour, and salt until no lumps exist. Pour over hot apples.  Bake 25-30 minutes until eggs are puffy and golden on top.

 

Salmon Dutch Babies

Basic Dutch Baby, cooked according to directions

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup zucchini, diced

½ cup celery, diced

¼ cup onion, diced

¼ cup water chestnuts, sliced

1 tomato, diced

1 can salmon

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Sauté zucchini, celery, and onion in oil.  Add water chestnuts, tomato, and salmon, tossing gently.  Heat to serving temperature.  Spoon over cooked Basic Dutch Baby and serve.

 

 

Summary

Breakfast for dinner can be good for your pocket book and good for your health.  Try using some savory ingredients to expand a traditional breakfast.

 

 

Julie Languille

Dinners In a Flash

http://www.dinnersinaflash.com

 

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