Dinner for Breakfast: Why Not?

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Everyone loves breakfast for dinner. That’s old news. And — at least according to food commercials shown during popular cartoons — children love novelty. (Purple ketchup? Really?) And we all want them to eat more vegetables. Dinner for breakfast is the perfect solution.

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My children really don’t love breakfast, and that makes me nervous. Every other day, I read something about how they won’t make it through the day without a healthy, nutritious start. I am terrified one of their teachers will send me a note reading, “A handful of peanuts is not breakfast,” after one of them fails a test. (This fear is not unfounded. Years ago, one son’s preschool teacher strongly suggested I spend the weekend cleaning my car. To be fair, this was after she saw what fell out of it when my son opened the door.) 

I’ve always enjoyed dinner for breakfast — and breakfast for dinner, of course. For some reason, I have yet to eat salad as my first meal of the day. Somehow, that seems like crossing a line. But most of our dinner leftovers are perfect after a night’s sleep.

A warm bowl of chicken soup on a cold February morning, last night’s spaghetti sautéed in a pan, or a slice of veggie pizza on whole wheat crust — these are all valid, healthy breakfast options. At least in our house!

Do you ever eat dinner for breakfast? Or — humor me here — do your children ever slip out the door without eating?


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Anne Postic writes about cooking for her family on The Kitchn. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and three very handsome sons. She loves talking cooking, travel, parenting and art, though not necessarily in that order.

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