Running out of time or dinner ideas? Turn to breakfast recipes and make a brinner.
When my son was two, he had an interactive book that asked questions and he had to use a stylus to touch the correct picture and answer. One category asked toddlers whether certain foods were served for breakfast or dinner. He was very frustrated when we got to the pancakes because, as far as he knew, pancakes were a dinner dish. The book buzzed, indicating he had chosen the wrong answer, and I had to explain to a baffled toddler that he wasn’t wrong, but neither was the book.
I always preferred breakfast to dinner, or brinner as it is sometimes called. Sometimes I choose to make traditional breakfast dishes for dinner because they are quick to prepare. Sometimes I choose to do this because I just want to change up our usual dinner routine.
These 18 breakfast recipes range from super-quick omelets to easy stews big enough for two dinners: one for tonight and one free for another night. Some of them are even made ahead of time, so you can just heat up the brinner, stock up, and get on with your fun-filled evening.
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For a quick dinner, use store-bought dough or crust (or make your own if you like) as the base for this pizza topped with cheddar, bacon and eggs. Partially cook the pizza before adding the eggs, then finish cooking until you cook the eggs to your liking.
Get the recipe: Breakfast Pizza with Cheddar, Bacon and Eggs
If you’ve ever had a full English breakfast, you’ll know how filling it can be. Sausage, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and eggs fill a plate. This sheet pan version makes 4 servings with little cleanup.
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan English Breakfast
Here is a waffle recipe perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The waffles are made with mashed sweet potatoes. Top them with eggs, bacon and green onions. Then drizzle with honey.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Waffles with Fried Egg, Bacon and Scallions
This adaptable casserole recipe is your best friend. You’ll need eggs, cheese, milk, and bread on hand, but you can fill it with any meat, like crumbled bacon or sausage, plus any veggies you have on hand. hand. You can cook it immediately after assembling it, or if you have time in the morning, prepare it, leave it raw in the refrigerator and put it in the oven as soon as you get home.
Get the Recipe: Easy Breakfast Casserole
Protein-rich chorizo and scrambled eggs are great dinner ingredients. Put them in a taco and top them with the usual taco toppings, and these breakfast tacos could become your favorite dinner tacos.
Get the recipe: Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos
Chop corned beef, leftovers from making homemade corned beef or deli corned beef, and potatoes, then brown them with onions. Serve the mince with fried eggs on the side and let the yolk run into the mince for added deliciousness.
Get the recipe: Corned Beef Hash
Here’s a great idea: prepare spinach and feta wraps in advance. They’re meant to be breakfast wraps, but this scrambled egg wraps recipe is also perfect to pack for dinner. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer and reheat them in the microwave.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Feta Breakfast Wraps
A Dutch baby is a pancake cooked in a hot pan. This version becomes a complete meal when you add salmon and an egg on top. It all comes together in just 30 minutes, making it a quick and unexpected dinner.
Get the recipe: Savory Dutch Pancakes with Salmon and Fried Eggs
It’s a kind of casserole, a kind of strata, a kind of frittata but it’s baked instead of cooked on the stove. Bread, cheese (parma and cottage), eggs, zucchini, tomatoes and basil are placed in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish for dinner (or breakfast or lunch) for a crowd.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Breakfast Casserole
This one-skillet egg and pepper dish simmers on the stovetop in a tomato sauce infused with cumin and smoked paprika. Sprinkle with feta and pitted olives to top it off. Serve with crusty bread to soak up all the goodness.
Get the recipe: Shakshuka with Feta, Olives and Peppers
No breakfast for dinner list would be complete without pancakes. Buttermilk gives these pancakes a tangy note, but otherwise, these are simple pancakes that wait for you to top them with whatever you want, like blueberries, or salt them and top them with bacon or proscuitto before add the maple syrup.
Get the Recipe: How to Make Buttermilk Pancakes
Spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, these waffles are made with pumpkin puree. Top with toasted pecans and whipped ricotta to make them flavorful. Or go ahead and make them breakfast style with applesauce and maple syrup.
Get the Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Waffles
Twenty minutes and dinner is ready. Make a batch of these scrambled egg, black bean, green chile, red onion and cheese quesadillas stuffed in flour tortillas, and you can freeze the extras for those nights when you don’t even have 20 minutes to prepare dinner.
Get the recipe: Black Bean and Egg Breakfast Quesadilla
Easy to prepare, this savory breakfast casserole makes a great dinner. Add the eggs and torn pieces of bread, then add vegetables like asparagus and greens, proscuitto, milk, cottage cheese and cheddar. Omit the poscuitto, and it’s vegetarian. Serve with a fresh salad.
Get the Recipe: Easy Prosciutto Breakfast Casserole
If you have some ham and a few peppers left, you have enough to make this omelette. Add cheddar cheese to make a classic Denver omelet. Serve with your favorite hot sauce.
Get the recipe: Denver Omelette
Want some Bauernfruhstuck for dinner? That’s the German word for this hearty meal of potatoes, eggs, green onions, peppers, parsley and chopped ham. Top with ketchup.
Get the recipe: German Farmer’s Breakfast
Eggs, salsa and tortillas are three simple ingredients that make a delicious meal in 20 minutes. Heat corn tortillas in olive oil in a pan. Top tortillas with salsa and fried eggs. Sprinkle with coriander. Chow down.
Get the recipe: Huevos Rancheros
Ideal to prepare in advance, for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, this quiche is loaded with vegetables, cream, cheese and herbs. It will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for about 3 months so you can enjoy it one night and then save slices for other nights when you are in a hurry.